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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.



Good news, Swim, Survive and Socialise Program is back & we are now enrolling!

This free 9 day swim program is on in the April school hols, week days7 -17 April 2015. This time due to demand we will also cater for youth (12-17 years). So now we have programs to cater for all those of school age (6 - 17 year olds). Click here for Enrollment forms or further info

   Swim, Survive and Socialise 2014 Program was enjoyed by all  Make sure your child is water safe! 

HARDA has completed its fourth successful Swim Program, with this one held in the January school holidays. This program was only possible due to the support of the Lidcombe Catholic Club Dooleys through Auburn ClubGRANTS. Our heartfelt thanks goes to them.

With about 50 kids in the 7-12 age group attending HARDA's free two week comprehensive swimming & water safety program it was our biggest program to date. As always the kids had lots of fun, enjoyed the classes and went home with an new important & potentially lifesaving skill. It was fab to see the progress made by all the kids.
  2014 Program full Report


Other News...

Vale Paul

Paul Bisson, HARDA's much loved Treasurer, died suddenly on 5 Feb 2014. He will be remebered for his selfless service and is much missed by all more


........  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.  

FEW people can say they drank water squeezed from grass in a dead elephant's stomach to survive. Or wielded an AK-47 before picking up a pen... Deng Thiak Adut can... 'Survivors grab chance'-SMH News; 

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

Somali Youth Outreach Project

This very successful program was run for the second year by HARDA & Auburn Sports Club and supported by the Attorney-General’s Building Community Resilience Program. It encouraged young Somali participants to develop their leadership skills through sporting and community activities. The activities were supported by the local community, youth centres, law enforcement agencies and locally based organisations. More


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

We are also affiliated to Local Aid am NGO which empowres marginalized communities and vunerable children in Kenya; visit their website at

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HARDA acknowledges the generous support of the Edmund Rice Center without whom we wouldn't have an office base


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