Horn of Africa Relief and Development Agency (HARDA) is a non-government, non-political, secular, not-for-profit organisation, with membership open to anyone, regardless of race or creed. We support and act as advocates for the successful settlement and integration in Australia of refugees and humanitarian entrants from the Horn of Africa countries. We also develop and seek funding for model sustainable development projects in these HoA countries - Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, Uganda and Djibouti.
WHAT'S THE LATEST AT HARDA? ......... Premiere of New Land, New Life
After 12 months of planning, research & filming, HARDA released its new documentary titled New Land, New Life. The premiere of this exciting film was launched by THE HON BRENDAN O'CONNOR, Minister for Immigration & Citizenship on Feb 20th. It tells the inspiring stories of 5 refugees from the Horn of Africa, all who have undergone great hardship yet made successful new lives here.
Photo by Sahlan Hayes of Deng Thiak Adut, who is now a lawyer in Australia
Funded by DIAC under The Diversity & Social Cohesion Program; Produced by Michael Power, Afterglow Productions
Swim, Survive and Socialise Project was enjoyed by all Make sure your child is water safe!
HARDA has just completed its third successful Swim Program, the last one for this year. This program was only possible due to the support of the Auburn/Granville RSL Club (Parramatta ClubGRANTS) and Lidcombe Catholic Club Dooleys (Auburn ClubGRANTS). Our heartfelt thanks goes to them.
About 130 kids in the 7-12 age group attended HARDA's free two week comprehensive swimming & water safety program across 3 school holidays. The kids had lots of fun, enjoyed the classes, liked the instructors and went home with a new important & potentially lifesaving skill. It was fab to see the progress made by all the kids. Full Report
Somali Youth Outreach Project
This very successful program, in its second year, is run by HARDA & Auburn Sports Club and supported by the Attorney-General’s Building Community Resilience Program. It encourages young Somali participants to develop their leadership skills through sporting and community activities. These activities have been supported by the local community, youth centres, law enforcement agencies and locally based organisations.
Central to the program’s success is the mentor-to-mentee youth leadership method. Participants attended mentoring workshops prior to attending a 7 day Leadership and Sports Camp in Melbourne. Those attending the camp had a great deal of fun and it was a wonderful opportunity to experience the resilient spirit of the young people in a dynamic environment that nurtured their leadership capacity and instilled a deep sense of what it is to be Australian. The young men attended more mentoring workshops on their return home and the grand finale was a 3 day Family Fun Weekend and Community Cup Soccer Tournament run by the program in Sydney with interstate teams attending. This great program has created an environment of friendship and belonging where young African-Australians and CALD young people have gained strength and power, collectively and as individuals, through creative learning and sports programs.
Other News :
Our cooking pot project has made the news!!
Listen to more about the Cooking Pot Project on SBS Radio Here
|Malik Osman (HARDA Executive Committe Member) was featured in a video for refugee week. The theme for refugee week this year is Restoring Hope. Watch a video or read more about Malik Osman|
One of our affliate organisations is Southern Hope Community Organisation, an NGO working to improve the lives of South Sudanese migrants to Australia. For more info visit their website shco.com.au
We are also affiliated to Local Aid am NGO which empowres marginalized communities and vunerable children in Kenya; visit their website at www.localaid.org.au
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HARDA acknowledges the generous support of the Edmund Rice Center without whom we wouldn't have an office base