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? ...
Swim, Survive and Socialise Program for Jan 2015 has been postponed due to refurbishment of the ASTA pool. Good news though - a 9 day program is being run in the April school hols from 7 - 17 April 2015 & this time will also cater for adolescences (12-17 years). So now we will have programs to cater for 5 - 17 year olds. Drop us an email if you would like to register your child or youth.
Swim, Survive and Socialise 2014 Program was enjoyed by all Make sure your child is water safe!
HARDA has just 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
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.
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 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