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The Diverse Australia Program 2009 funding round:
HARDA is delighted to announce that they have been a successful applicant in this program with our Youth Employment Expo and Mentoring Project (in partnership with the MSA $25,000). It is now full steam ahead with this project.

Salad Mohammed and the Humanitarian Program:

Great news – Salad’s family are now safe in Kenya.

Salad came to HARDA’s attention through Brother Steve and the House of Welcome. He came to Australia with a Somalian FIFA delegation in 2009, sought and was granted refugee status as he was assessed as being in ‘clear and present danger’ if he returned. The danger was a result of the program that he set up teaching young women to become soccer coaches and referees, a program that incurred the wrath of the rebel militia.  Salad then lodged papers for family reunion – for his wife, four children and four children adopted when their parents were killed by rebel militias. All members of the family were in mortal danger on a daily basis in the Somalian province of Dhorbley and needed safe conduct to Nairobi.

We would like to extend our thanks to David Addington, the Director of the Northern Beaches Refugee Sanctuary which is sponsored by the Manly Catholic Parish. David arranged an interest free loan within 48 hours, which allowed Salad’s wife and members of the ‘extended family’ to travel to safety in Nairobi within days.  They have now been interviewed at the Australian High Commission and had the necessary health checks and are awaiting the outcome of their application.  

Fund raising:

The Bunnings barbecues at Lidcombe and Blacktown have been well supported by members and are proving to be a useful fundraiser. Next date will be known shortly. Many thanks to Bunning for their support.

The HARDA Twic Orphans appeal:

Plans are well advanced for an important fund raising event in March, with HARDA acting as the auspicing agency for this event. The first transfer of funds has occurred to pay the school fees for two orphans, Juliet Alek and Makor Mangok.

Sudanese Men’s Project. English and IT classes:
Classes have now commenced on Monday and Tuesday mornings at HARDA’s premises. Sudanese men wanting to improve either or both their English or computer skills are encouraged to attend this free program. Register any Monday or Tuesday morning after 10am.

HAYAA News (The Horn of Africa Youth Agency of Australia)

  • Cultural Night: This has been rescheduled for Saturday 27th June to avoid any clash with other African events. Primary responsibility for the conduct of the event has been delegated to HAYAA.  See Events
  • HARDA celebrates Harmony Day with Hazem:  HARDA and HAYAA joined forces with ASCA (Australian Somali Community Association), EYA (Eritrean Youth Association), the Ethiopian Community Association of NSW, as well as the Ugandan, Kenyan and Sudanese communities in Sydney to host a wonderful and very successful Harmony day at Auburn Botanical Gardens on March 20th. This BBQ and Family Fun Day celebrated the beginning of our 2010 DIAC Diverse Australia Project- the Youth Careers Expo and Community Mentoring Program. The highlight of the event was the visit by local MP and Minister for Local Government, Barbara Perry and the NRL great Hazem El Masri, followed by a touch football competition organised by the legend himself.  Our great thanks to both. For more details and photos see our Events page. 
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