After a month of fasting, Muslims around the world celebrated Eid on the weekend of 23rd and 24th of May. The day is usually marked by getting together with relatives and friends over a feast to share happiness. Unfortunately, this year MWASA is not able to hold an Eid gathering for CHSP seniors, owing to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
However, we continue to share the happiness by giving the seniors meals from Prospect Yiros and Gozleme and sweets from Al Mina’s on Prospect on the 27th and 28th of May. A touch of sweetness to brighten their day!
On the 6th and 7th of May, the seniors were provided with meals from Imperial Spices Uyghur Cuisine.
Sister Urika and her volunteer, Sister Fatimah, delivered the Polo rice with salad and Boso noodles personally to the seniors.
An information sheet “It’s ok to have home care” and the translated material in Uyghur, along with infographics for “7 Easy Exercises” which the seniors can do indoors, were also distributed to them.
The first home meals delivery for seniors was distributed on the 22nd and 23rd of April 2020.
The seniors were given Chicken Biryani with salad, raita and a complimentary dessert from Angaara Indian Restaurant, along with senior-friendly flyers with the latest information on COVID-19 and Ramadan.
The visit by Sister Urika and her volunteers was much appreciated by the seniors as they missed attending MWASA activities and the physical presence made them happy especially during this isolated period.
The seniors had their first experience playing golf on 12 March 2020 at West Beach Mini Golf.
Each of them was given a club and a ball and required to complete 18 stations throughout the course. Although it was a simple action – swinging the club lightly to putt a golf ball into a hole – they were perspiring and had a good workout. The activity helps to improve their balance, strength and hand-eye coordination.
Overall, the seniors had a ‘hole’ lot of fun competing with their friends in a spectacular setting.
Essential items such as oil, honey, pasta and toothpaste were among the many items that were packed and distributed to the seniors on Thursday 9th and Tuesday 14th April 2020.
The seniors were appreciative of the visit by Sister Urika and delighted to receive the food parcels, which are handy during this period of time.
Thanks go to Human Appeal Australia for the collaboration.
Go to Facebook to watch the wonderful Human Appeal promotional video for this project.
Sister Nazneen from Chai & Canvas was invited to conduct a canvas painting session with our CHSP seniors on 27 February 2020.
Using an 8 fold rosette that is used in the Islamic world, Sister Nazneen taught the seniors using the dot/pointalism technique to complete a painting on a canvas. It was indeed a therapeutic experience for the seniors where they can express their creativity in a relaxed and fun environment. The calming nature of dot painting makes them feel at ease and help to improve their hand-eye coordination. The result was amazingly beautiful! The seniors created beautiful designs on black canvases using different sized dots.
Feedback from Participants
They have heard about the Australian Aboriginal dot painting and were eager to learn more about it. By adding a touch of Islamic element in this activity, Sister Nazneen was able to attract their interest in Art – especially the men. The seniors were pleased and proud of their artwork and look forward to more of such sessions in the future.
The tutors and the participants discussed the main dishes which will be prepared at a future Shared Lunch.
The group wrote all the ingredients, with their quantities, for the main dishes (Falafel (below), Kabab hindi, Kanafeh).
Furthermore, it was discussed how much time each dish will take so the time can be managed on the day.
Maryam very kindly offered to demonstrate making Kebab Hindi at the next class.
Heam made Kanafeh (below) and she did very well.
CHSP Admin Day 2020 was conducted on 13 February 2020 at MWASA.
The program started with an activity writing a ‘Thank you letter to Sister June’ on a heart shape paper.
Following the activity, Sister Urika recapped an overview of the MWASA CHSP with an emphasis on the Client Contribution Policy.
Activities and learning journeys undertaken in 2019 were revisited and positive feedback was received on each of them.
The session ended with a sharing of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) health alert and the seniors were reminded to take precautionary measures and maintain good personal hygiene.
Many of you will know June’s lovely face, she’s been the CHSP (Community Home Support Program) Coordinator at MWASA for the last 3 and a half years. The time has come for June to move on to a new adventure and so the occasion was marked in the best way we know how: with some yummy food at a Farewell Lunch.
June has enjoyed working on the CHSP and being able to help diverse people from different cultures, and has enjoyed all the learning journeys and getting to know Adelaide through the destinations that the CHSP has visited.
June’s favourite events have been the Eid gatherings! They are an opportunity to get to know many members. She has also enjoyed the annual staff lunches and getting to know other team members on a personal level.
June has enjoyed her time at MWASA and values what she has learned about culture and Australian ways of working.
June hopes that MWASA will continue to prosper and help more Muslim women and be inclusive.
Vice Chairperson Dora Abbas thanked June for her good work and expressed appreciation for June’s initiatives.
Dora reiterated that we will still see June helping in the local Muslim community, we are all still contributing to the same South Australian Muslim and broader communities.
… farewell, June!
A picnic was organised for the SETS youths to have some fun during the school holidays, giving them the opportunity to participate in different activities and meet new girls from other backgrounds.
The day involved various dynamic outdoor games and activities which fostered friendship, collaboration, teamwork and developed leadership skills. Fourteen youths attended.
A discussion was had about programs throughout the new year. The girls were happy with the idea of ‘Social Saturdays’ where they get to meet more often and plan activities, and learn in the process.
In future the one thing we encourage participants to do is to be one time so that the program is not delayed.
Feedback from the participants:
“We wanted to have some fun and not be stuck at home”
“Coming here gave us break from house chores”
“We liked the races, games and enjoyed shared food”
“It was fun to socialise and meet new people”
Last week the second “Recipes of Life” session – organised with Dulwich Centre as a series for youths – was held. The idea is to provide a platform for the young girls to express any family issues they face after coming to Australia.
The focus of this session was a discussion around ways young girls can address issues when dealing with parents and provide tips. These tips will later be put together as a resource that will be helpful for other parents and young girls in similar situation.
The recipe was named “Fixing the Family”.
The session provided participants space to discuss and share issues that concern them. Most had similar issues but different ways to find solutions. It was based on many factors such as culture, family values and more. It will be interesting to see how all this unfolds when we discuss this recipe from the girls at the next session with mums.
“The session was helpful”
“We were able to express and comment”
“Never thought before things that we discussed and expressed today”
“Discussed things that we never spoke before outside in a group”