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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.
Yasmin and Manal from ActNow Theatre conducted a consultation on dealing with Islamophobia in Australia, which will be at the base of the theatrical acts to be performed at various schools around South Australia.
The games included in the session made it more interesting and helped new girls to feel part of the group.
The session included questions like “what is good about being a Muslim in
Australia?”, “what is hard about being a Muslim in Australia?”, “what do you want people to know about Muslims?” and “what do you want people to know about you?”.
Some things the girls found hard about being a Muslim in Australia was finding halal food, having to explain yourself and your religious cultural rituals and practices, dealing with racism, and getting used to the culture and language differences in Australia.
“I am nice/kind person”, “I wear my scarf by my own will” and “I speak English very well and I like to socialise” were some things the girls wanted to let other people know about them.
Yasmin and Manal also offered the girls to be part of theatre acts with the ActNow Theatre.
*SETS: Settlement Engagement and Transition Support – Client Services
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”
The Muslim Women’s Association of SA has continued growing a diverse and supportive online audience throughout 2019.
The Facebook page now has over 1.2K Likes!
The email subscription option for service providers has been well received and new friends are regularly subscribing through our website.
This is terrific as the internet is the fastest and easiest way for us to share information about our programs and upcoming events!
We were able to see which of our posts were most popular in 2019 – meaning which of our posts you have engaged with the most by viewing, clicking and reacting.
Scroll down to see our number 1 most popular post of 2019, and along the way remember what a wonderful year 2019 was…
Thankyou for your clicks and comments in 2019 and we hope to stay connected in 2020!
Communication is crucial in every context.
Here at MWASA, we continually try to communicate in the best way: with each other, with our members and with the community. This means trying new ways of communication and seeing if the new way is effective, clear and inclusive.
Sharing information online is a great way to reach a lot of people with no paper waste. Some of our members, however, don’t have regular and reliable access to technology, or struggle with the cyber skills needed to navigate the online world, or find it easier to read in languages other than English.
As a complementary method of communication, we will be updating the new Info Board located in the foyer in the same way that we post online: flyers, photos, milestones and information regarding daily operations. It has already become a mingling and talking point for the ladies coming in for classes. Look for it next time you’re in the office.
As a bonus, look for the spectacular aerial photo of Wilpena Pound, which is around 5 hours north of Adelaide in the Flinders Ranges. As a complete coincidence but as further evidence of the successful multicultural nature of our organisation, one of our members is from the Adnyamathanha tribe – the first nation people of the Flinders Ranges region.
Also located in the foyer, surrounding the Info Board, is a wide variety of information from community service providers and from the Australian Government. Although most booklets are in English, there are some available in different languages. There is information available on parenting, health issues effecting women, local events and attractions and more – and it is all free to take.
Please take note of our opening hours: 9:30am to 3:30pm Monday to Friday, with the exception of this coming end of year period where we will be closing from Tuesday 24th December and re-opening on Monday 6th January 2020. If coming in to inquire about a specific program, please call our office beforehand on 08 8212 0800, just to make sure that the program coordinator will be free for you. Thankyou.
The Wallaroo Trip planned for Thursday 21st of November was changed to Goolwa, due to the catastrophic bushfire conditions on the Yorke Peninsula the day before. Though disappointed, the seniors understood the situation and were glad that the picnic trip was not cancelled.
Twenty-three seniors went on this trip.
Our first stop over was at Strathalbyn. The River Angas Walkway at this country town was beautiful in spring, with flowers blooming in the rose garden and ducks swimming in the river. The seniors enjoyed strolling along the walkway and visited the antique shops in High Street.
Next, we went to Hindmarsh Island, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest freshwater marina development. We crossed over to the island using the bridge that is connected from Goolwa. The driver took us to Sugars Beach where you can see the mouth of the Murray River – where the river
meets the sea. He gave a brief description about the Murray River which weaves its way through three states – NSW (Yarrawonga), Victoria and South Australia (Goolwa). What a great learning journey.
Subsequently, we arrived at Goolwa Wharf around 1pm. However, due to the unexpected cold and windy weather, the seniors decided to have their picnic lunch in the park instead. They had lunch under a big shelter overseeing the riverfront at Richard Ballard Park. The seniors enjoyed
eating their lunch in the company of their friends. Some even engaged in games and activities while others preferred to explore the town centre. The social interactions indeed had livened up their mood after not being able to go to Wallaroo.
We departed from Goolwa around 2:30pm. The bus driver took a different route back home and passed by Middleton and Port Elliot. It was indeed a scenic and spectacular drive as he took us near the seaside. The sea was beautiful, and we might have spotted two whales in the sea! It was the
highlight of the day.