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.
Sonder Employment Solutions is a new program aimed at migrants and refugees living in Adelaide’s northern and western suburbs who receive income support payments and need support with finding employment.
The service is entirely voluntary and is not connected to Centrelink Job Service Providers.
Sonder Employment Solutions is a free program and getting involved is easy. To access the program, complete the online referral form.
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.
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!
A few words from one of our lovely young ladies about why she likes being a part of the Muslim Women’s Association of SA.
If you would like to become a member and experience this for yourself, speak to us about joining.
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Twenty-eighteen was a wonderful year at the Muslim Women’s Association of SA, full of innovative projects and meaningful services for our members.
MWASA has been growing an online audience through our Facebook page and our new email subscription option for service providers. This is terrific as the internet is the fastest and easiest way for us to share information about our programs and upcoming events!
We are able to see which of our posts have performed the best throughout 2018, meaning which of our posts that you have engaged with the most by viewing, clicking and reacting.
Read on to see our number 1 most popular post of 2018, and on the way remember what a fantastic year 2018 was…
We’ve been working on ways to communicate better with everyone, and we’re happy to announce that the Service Provider Email Subscription option is now available!
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Excerpt taken from Surviving the Ocean of Depression.
In this project, asylum seekers and refugees who are now living in Australia generously share their experiences in overcoming hardships in order to reach, support and empower others. Stories are told in Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Nepali and Pashto.
This project was initiated by Dr Abdul Stanikzai. While working as an interpreter in Adelaide, he was called upon to translate for medical professionals responding to people from diverse language groups, some of whom had come to Australia seeking asylum and refuge, who were facing mental health crises (and as a result were in psychiatric wards). Dr Stanikzai recognised that mental health staff were struggling to find ways to respond and that it could be significant for those currently in crisis to be able to listen, in their own language, to stories from others who had been through similar experiences and who had managed to ‘overcome the ocean of depression’. Dr Stanikzai mentioned this to Dulwich Centre Foundation and this project is the result.
The resources contain stories from interviews conducted by Dr Stanikzai as well as contributions from the Muslim Women’s Association of South Australia.
Please visit the project page to learn more.
We have almost reached the end of the CHSP Fitness Program.
The seniors have been enjoying themselves thoroughly and are feeling stronger than ever!
Regular exercise is crucial to falls prevention. Regular exercise improves balance and reflexes so some falls can be avoided altogether. Further to that, regular exercise strengthens the musculoskeletal system so that even in the case of a fall, serious injury can be avoided.