MWASA Team Training

The team at the Muslim Women’s Association of SA continually strives for improvement in all areas: better programs, better services, better events. The first step towards improving in these areas is for staff and volunteers to upskill, diversify and network through training opportunities. 

Recently Amanda, Marketing and Communications Officer, undertook the Suicide Prevention Workshop offered by Wesley LifeForce. The workshop is delivered free of charge to service providers and community members. 

Amanda found the workshop to be comprehensive, starting with how personal beliefs can affect how we would potentially help someone who is having thoughts about suicide, going through which questions need asking and how to ask them, through to making a short term plan to protect someone in a crisis and where to refer them for continuing support.

Preservation of life is a basic principle of Islam, as demonstrated below in a direct quote from the Quran. 

“And do not kill yourselves [or one another].”

– Quran, Sahih International English Translation, Surah (chapter) 4 An-Nisa (The Women), Ayat (paragraph) 29

As Muslims we believe that every life has value and must act accordingly. Learning about the warning signs and prevention strategies is useful. 

Help and resources are available. Lifeline is a free 24 hour telephone crisis support service, they can be reached on 13 11 14. 

Bringing the Love to you in your own Home

Earlier this month our office received a call from Sister Fadilah, a participant in our program which specifically supports senior Muslims in the community. She requested for someone to visit as she was feeling a little lonely. June Aini Hussain, Community Development Officer, visited immediately the next day. 
 
Sister Fadilah shared that she had experienced a fall and as a result was not able to move around. She had broken her hip and the Doctor had asked her to minimise movement so that it can heal quicker. 
The Sister’s conversational skills had not deteriorated at all and both thoroughly enjoyed chatting about many things across a couple of hours – and across some famous Bosnian coffee and scrumptious home-made cake!
 
Fadilah showed June some photos taken at past MWASA events; she enjoyed her younger days when she participated in many different MWASA activities. Fadilah’s daughter, who is also her carer, was also present. Sister June updated them on the current program and is investigating how MWASA can further assist in this case. 
 
If you know a senior community member aged 65 years and over who could benefit from MWASA/CHSP services and programs, please visit the program page for further details on eligibility and registration. Alternatively, please call our office during office hours on 08 81212 0800 and ask to speak to June.
 

Parliament House Lunch with Katrine Hildyard MP

Some of our team attended lunch last Thursday at Parliament House with Katrine Hildyard MP (Member of Parliament). Katrine’s portfolio includes being Shadow Minister for the Status of Women, as well as Multicultural Affairs, and also for Recreation, Sport and Racing.
 
Katrine has prioritised several issues pertinent to South Australian women. We look forward to positive movement in this space in the near future.
 
 

First CHSP Tai Chi Session

This is the third year that the CHSP (Commonwealth Home Support Program) has run a Tai Chi program. 

Tai Chi is a form of gentle exercise that is described as meditation in motion. Having originated from China as a form of martial arts, Tai Chi has long been popular among individuals in order to keep fit and prevent disease.

Vivien, Susan and John demonstrated the basic movements for everyone to follow. They went on to demonstrate some martial arts movements and proper breathing techniques. 

Ten participants were present at this first session, a good number considering the gloomy weather outside. Overall the class was very successful, both the men and women were keen to learn and participate. 

After class, the seniors continued the mindful health theme by sharing a balanced, low calorie, nutritious lunch. 

Best CHSP Eid Lunch at Best Zaika

Valued members of the CHSP (Commonwealth Home Support Program) celebrated Eid together by sharing lunch at the Pakistani restaurant Best Zaika (located in the Brickworks Marketplace, Torrensville). 

Almost 30 senior members attended, which exceeded expectations.  

Community Development Officer June welcomed everyone with a short speech, thanking them for attending and letting everyone know about some very exciting activities coming up. 

Everyone was so pleased with the day, the feedback was that the buffet food was amazing, the ambience was great and the members thoroughly enjoyed catching up with good company.

Thanks must go to the restaurant owner Ijaz, who was very kind and hands-on in assisting and serving our group throughout lunch. 

Parliament House 2019 Eid al Fitr Reception

A Reception was held in June at Parliament House to mark the end of Ramadan. 

The Reception was hosted by The Honourable Steven Marshall MP, Premier of South Australia, and The Honourable Jing Lee MLC, Assistant Minister to the Premier. 

Chairperson Dora Abbas and Project Manager Shaista Kalaniya were invited to attend and represent the Muslim Women’s Association of SA. 

The Reception was well attended by a diverse array of Muslim community members from different community organisations and places of worship. 

MWASA appreciates the opportunity to share this joyous time of year with our friends in Parliament. 

First Ever Evening Eid!

The Muslim Women’s Association of SA has been supporting Muslim women in Adelaide for over 25 years. Our team is always looking to adapt, see what is needed and try new things, to give the best services and support to our community that we possibly can. This year, we undertook to try our first ever Evening Eid. Traditionally we would hold a morning tea at our office during the day which some members could not attend due to work. We chose a restaurant as the venue for added convenience, guaranteed delicious food with no cooking or cleaning. The restaurant we settled on was Tangritah Uyghur Restaurant. The new location at 100 Grote Street is spectacular. The restaurant is rather large and the booth seating style allows for a more intimate feel. 

Large dishes were delivered to each of our tables to share. Naturally we had to have some of the tasty trademark Uyghur handmade noodles, served with fried chicken and vegetables. This chicken noodle dish was a clear favourite, earning rave reviews across the table and disappearing very quickly! There was salad and rice with lamb. We enjoyed large bowls of another trademark Uyghur dish: Ding Ding – short cut noodles with beef and vegetables in a spicy sauce. Long skewers of lamb kebab were brought out, hot and juicy straight from the grill. Finally, each table was given a jug of sweet, creamy and slightly tangy Ayran

Our team thanks the Tangritah Uyghur Restaurant family for their hospitality and we look forward to going back again. 

 

We had just over 20 ladies attend. Thankyou for coming out ladies, thankyou for your beautiful company and conversation! Thanks also go to the ladies who provided feedback for the future Working Women’s Program. Your feedback is invaluable as guidance for our planning, to help us deliver the most appropriate services and programs for the community. 

We are still accepting feedback for the future Working Women’s Program through the Google Form until Monday 1st of July.

If you didn’t get the chance to provide feedback at the Evening Eid, please feel welcome to provide feedback now.

It only takes about 2 minutes. Feedback is also welcome from women who are looking for work. 

MWASA Team 2019 Eid Lunch at Sahara Moroccan Casbah

Each Eid the MWASA team are very excited to make the most of every tasty halal cultural cuisine and try somewhere new; this Eid al Fitr our team booked the Sahara Moroccan Casbah for lunch. 

The Casbah is on the corner of Little Gilbert and Sturt Streets, conveniently located only metres away from Adelaide City Mosque. The area is lovely and quaint, walking down the street one cannot help but think back to the Muslim Cameleers and their families walking these same paths over the last 100+ years.

Sahara Moroccan Casbah is more than just a Moroccan food experience, it’s an entire Moroccan cultural dining experience. The front restaurant also displays many Moroccan items for purchase, from the spectacular lamps hanging overhead, to various homewares, clothing/jewellery and other personal items. Upon our group being seated, we were treated to a splash of rose water from a decorative job, to refresh the hands and relax the mind.

We were each brought a satisfying bowl of Harira soup to start. The main affair was, of course, couscous! One lamb and one chicken, both thoughtfully arranged in traditional north African style. This couscous is not the instant one from a box that most of us make at home, this is the real deal, fresh and distinct. The meat and vegetables showed the experience and skill of the chef, slow cooked until tender and still vibrant. After eating our fill of the savoury mains, we delighted in finishing off with a shared pot of tea and assortment of authentic biscuits. Every single team member from our office hails from a different country of origin, and we were united in agreeing this lunch was delicious.

There is a private function area to the back of the restaurant, an intimate area with intricate decor. Throughout the Casbah, everything is eye-catching! The plush textures, rich colours and complex designs are a welcome invigoration in this increasingly sterile and minimalist modern culture. In order to avoid disappointment, do as we did and call the restaurant some days beforehand to book. 

Our team thanks Brother Ali and his beautiful wife for their hospitality and we look forward to going back again. 

Continence Program Concluded

The third and final continence session was held last week.

The third session was a day tour to the Continence Resource and Independent Living Centre in Gilles Plains. Everyone gathered in the morning at the MWASA office on Victoria Square in the city and travelled out together. 

The tour commenced with a welcome talk by Rosalie the Registered Nurse, who works at the Continence Foundation. Three interpreters were provided to ensure that everyone could understand and benefit.

Following on from the welcome, Sonia the Physiotherapist gave a talk about the parts and function of the pelvic floor muscle. Sonia instructed our group on how to properly perform the Kegel exercise. Everyone was very attentive and felt comfortable to ask questions. One member asked how frequently the exercises should be done and Sonia suggested that at least 3 times a week should be enough. 

The next speaker, Lisa, provided further information about where to go for help if someone is experiencing the problem of incontinence. There are many types of health care workers, the first visit can be to the family GP (General Practitioner) and then the GP can refer on to the Physiotherapist or other specialist, or a nurse can also provide assistance. Lisa informed everyone about the Continence Foundation website, which shows information in 32 different languages, and she let everyone know about the helpline so that they are aware in the case the need assistance. 

Finally, the Occupational Therapist gave the group a tour which included demonstrations of the different kinds of equipment that a person can use to live independently. The equipment ranged from different types of beds, to kitchen utensils, gardening tools, personal care kits, walking aids, wheelchair cushions, scooters of different kinds, toilet seats and much more. 

Overall the day was incredibly informative and all participants learned so much. They enjoyed seeing and being able to touch the equipment, which helps with understanding and being able to retain that information. The members feel that this information will be very useful to them in the future. 

Silver Jubilee for Service Providers

The Muslim Women’s Association of SA (MWASA) Silver Jubilee for Service Providers was celebrated in February, to acknowledge the contribution made by Service Providers towards our success.
 
The event was held in the Bradley Forum Hall at the Hawke Centre. We appreciate the kindness of UniSA in providing us with this beautiful venue.
 
The event was organised by the MWASA Youth group, under the supervision of Project Manager Shaista Kalaniya. The tasks were distributed among the group based on their interest and skills. As always, the Youth Group made us proud by executing another successful event.
 
The program began with Quran recitation by Asyraaf Shahrizan, followed by the translation given by Melissa Ayyildiz. Chairperson Dora Abbas gave an opening speech, welcoming and addressing the guests.
 
His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le Governor of South Australia and Mrs Lan Le kindly accepted our invitation to be Guests of Honour for the event. His Excellency’s speech was full of encouragement, appreciation and his views on when a refugee feels settled was very thoughtful.
 
Other guests included representatives from various organisations.
 
A performance was given by Brother Zuhir Naji, a newly arrived refugee from Syria who is a singer and ran a music school in his country before coming to Australia in 2016. He played Oudh (musical Instrument) and sang an Arabic song. His performance was enjoyed by everyone.
 
A slideshow was presented on the journey of MWASA, another highlight of the day which received a lot of appreciations from the guests. The credit goes to Zainab Al Hamad and Saad Kalaniya for putting together a memorable presentation.

Over the past month, a wide array of members of the Muslim Women’s Association were asked about their thoughts, journey, and experience which they’ve had with the organisation. Their responses were captured and compiled by Melissa and her team.

 
 

Acknowledgements & Congratulations

MWASA would like to thank all the volunteers who gave their time and effort in making this event a memorable and successful one.

We acknowledge Shamil Jamion who assisted with the videography and producing a video that captured the highlights of the event. 
 
We also thank Ramila Chanisheff for being the MC (Mistress of Ceremonies) for the event.
 
Management would like to congratulate Shaista and the MWASA Youth Group on the successful and memorable Service Providers event.
 

Sponsors

We take this opportunity to acknowledge our sponsors. 

We thank Nosaiba for all the hard work in getting sponsors.

UniSA
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The Team Took a Tour of Parliament House

At the end of last month, the Muslim Women’s Association of SA (MWASA) had the great pleasure of being invited to Parliament House as guests of the Honourable Jing Lee MLC. The event fell between MWASA’s Silver Jubilee and International Women’s Day and honoured both. 

Around 30 ladies attended on the day; the group included founding members and members of both the senior’s and youth programs.

The Honourable Jing Lee MLC was nothing less than the charismatic and welcoming community leader we have come to know and respect. 

We started by sharing refreshments and stories. We were officially welcomed by our host. Chairperson Dora Abbas responded with words of gratitude and optimism for the future. Our members then had an opportunity to stand up and share how they came to be involved with MWASA, what background they are coming from and how MWASA has helped them in providing opportunities and guidance towards fulfilling futures. 

The Honourable Jing Lee MLC was a gracious and engaging guide, sharing with us the history and function of each room. 

Everyone was inspired with awe at the rich detail everywhere we looked: the Corinthian columns, plush carpets, ornate carved wood and moulded plaster architraves and fixtures, artworks and historical artefacts.

Our group photo taken in the House of Representatives shows some artworks on the wall behind, one of which commemorates this year being the 125 year anniversary of women’s suffrage in South Australia. 

The day was a wonderful experience, our team and members all learnt a great deal and have been left with lasting feelings of inclusion and inspiration. 

Management would like to congratulate Community Development Officer June Hussain on organising all attendants for this landmark Parliament House event. 

MWASA Team Takes Out The Trash!

The Muslim Women’s Association of SA (MWASA) put together a team and participated in Clean Up Australia Day last Sunday, 3rd of March. 

Clean Up Australia Day is Australia’s largest community-based environmental day. It was started in 1989 by ‘average Aussie bloke’, builder and solo yachtsman, Ian Kiernan. His dream of sailing around the world came true in 1987, however his excitement and anticipation turned to anger and disappointment to find the oceans polluted and choked with rubbish. Upon returning home he put together a committee of friends and organised a clean up of his own backyard – Sydney Harbour. Now more than 33 million hours have been contributed by Australians towards the environment through Clean Up Australia Day. 

We called Adelaide City Council to find out where we could be of service and it was kindly advised that GS Kingston Park/Wirrarninthi (Park 23) could do with some attention. That turned out to be very true, our team with 2 other community groups collected a total of 2,160 litres of rubbish and recycling which was removed from the parklands! Adelaide City Council collected all the bags of rubbish after the clean up and sorted out the recyclable rubbish and compostable material so that they did not end up in landfill. 

Our team of almost 30 volunteers were blessed with perfect weather on the day. The whole day was a brilliant success and thanks must go to the volunteers for that, especially Site Supervisor Nosaiba. It’s always a beautiful thing when community members give selflessly from their time for the betterment of the whole. Everyone enjoyed the day and everyone stayed safe, there were no first aid or other incidents. 

Clean Up Australia Day hasn’t released this year’s statistics yet but it will be interesting reading when they do. Last year’s statistics showed that more than three times the rubbish was collected in South Australian parks, up from 2017.

It was encouraging to see that this year the Australian National Council of Imams released a statement encouraging all Muslims to participate

Our team looks forward to next year, we hope you can join us. 

Until then, there’s so many things we can all be doing in our every day lives to REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE. 

A total of NINE 240 litre bins of rubbish and recycling was removed from the parklands!