CHSP Seniors Take A Walk Along Torrens River

To enjoy the last of the Spring weather, we took our CHSP seniors out for a walk along the River Torrens! It was a gorgeous morning to be out and about while enjoying the warm weather and wonderful scenery.

As usual, our seniors were excited to capture pictures of their walk and the things they spotted! Of course, we ended the trip with a short picnic break with light refreshments and lots of chatter under the blue skies!

Sewing with Afghani SETS Ladies

We held another sewing workshop last month for our SETS ladies! We taught our ladies how to use electric sewing machines as they have only had experience using hand-operated machines before. This time, we made learnt how to make face masks and used the leftover fabric to make pillowcases!

The workshop was conducted by professional dressmaker, Mahboba Behmani, who did a wonderful job of inspiring our ladies to practice and improve their alteration skills!

We look forward to sewing you at the next one!

SETS Ladies Practice Conversational English

The 2-day Conversational English workshop held at the Salisbury Hub provided a space for practicing everyday English.

Our ladies gathered and opened up about topics about their day to day lives, sharing their wishes and concerns. The sessions were headed by our English tutor, Peta Abdalla, who led conversations. We hope that we were able to encourage confidence and greater community connection within our attendees.

MWASA is looking forward to holding more workshops that would provide means for more women to connect and thrive!

Oral Health with SETS Ladies

We love to see smiles on your faces!

In collaboration with Adelaide Dental School, MWASA held an informative session for our SETS ladies on oral health. We had dentistry students come in to teach participants about their and their children’s oral health! Our guest students had advised and given tips (as well as goodie bags) to keep their smile perfect.

Thank you to the students from Adelaide Dental School for your efforts in educating our ladies; it was very enjoyable and they learnt a lot!

Foundation Skills Students take a trip to The Cedars

A trip to the Art Gallery inspired our English students to visit the family home of artists Nora and Hans Heyson, The Cedars, in Hahndorf!

Foundation Skills students and tutors outside the Heyson family home.

Heyson family home.

It was a lovely day for a drive through the Adelaide Hills, the excellent weather and warm sunshine made the perfect trip for visiting too! Once there, our students had an amazing time touring the art studio, gardens, and family home. This experience connected us all to this talented family and gave our students the opportunity to practise their English! They had no qualms about asking the tour guide questions and talking about the artwork on display.

Inside the Heyson family home.

Inside the Heyson family home.

Quick lunch break!

We hope to be able to provide more opportunities for more of our students in the future!

Foundation Skills Students Visit the SA Museum

 

Last month, we took our class of Foundation Skills English students to the Art Gallery of South Australia! We had a look at the art on display by Nora Heyson and her father, Hans Heyson, both famous Australia painters. The students were very excited to be able to see the paintings close up as we had been talking about both painters during class.
 
It was a relaxing break from English classes as the students were able to spend some quiet time admiring the artworks!
Students at the entrance of the SA Museum
Student with an Australian painting.
 
The visit has inspired us to visit the painters’ family home in Hahndorf, so we planned for a visit for the next class outing.

 

Parenting Talk with Hassan Noori

MWASA held a Parenting Q&A Session recently hosted by Imam Hassan Noori for our newly arrived Afghani women.
It was a constructive session where the ladies were able to share their parenting challenges in a new environment and integrating into Australian society.
Thank you to Imam Hassan Noori for helping our ladies navigate through their parenting dilemmas!

Cervical Cancer Screening Talk with SA Health

Cervical cancer is among the most common cancer among women. The risk of a woman being diagnosed with this cancer by the age of 85 is 1 in 162.

MWASA held an informative talk on cervical cancer for all women ages 40 and above earlier this month. Our ladies learnt how to recognize early signs of cervical cancer and what measures to take to keep themselves as healthy as possible.

It is important that cervical cancer is detected at early stage, even before it can be felt. The 5-year survival rate for this cancer is 74%. Making the effort to exercise daily and making regular appointments with your GP is a good measure to take to spot the signs of cervical cancer early.

Thank you to Jacqueline from SA Health for coming in for the informative talk; our ladies were definitely very grateful.

Sewing and Hemming Workshop with Vita Alnaimat!

It was amazing sewing with our ladies!

We held a hemming and alteration workshop last week where we taught our ladies the best and easiest way to hem their clothes! So long pants or skirt that gets caught won’t make you trip! The workshop was conducted by fashion designer and professional dressmaker Vita Alnaimat, who did a wonderful job of inspiring our ladies to practice and improve their alteration skills! One of our ladies was determined to buy her own sewing machine at the end of the session.

We look forward to sewing you at the next one!

Maintaining Wellbeing with Breast Cancer Screening

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in Australia and the second most common cancer to cause death in women.

MWASA held an informative talk on breast cancer for all women ages 40 and above on the 12th of August. Our ladies learnt how to recognize early signs of breast cancer and what measures to take to keep themselves as healthy as possible.

It is important that breast cancer is detected at early stage, even before it can be felt. This greatly improves the treatment options and health outcomes for the individual. Making the effort to exercise daily and making regular appointments with your GP is a good measure to take to spot the signs of breast cancer early.

Thank you to Marita Aldride from Breast Screening SA for coming in for the informative talk; our ladies were definitely very grateful.

Visit BreastScreen SA to find out more about cancer symptoms and screening.

Parenting 101 with Sheikh Riad

Covid-19 restrictions didn’t stop us from holding programs for our ladies!

We held a Zoom webinar for our SETS mums about raising children in Australia. While there are many challenges that parents face in raising children when they come to Australia, it is important to remember that children are also facing challenges of their own. He stressed on the importance of keeping communicative channels open between you and your child and how that was the first step to having a comfortable and happy home environment for everyone!

Another important point he mentioned was that the responsibility of raising a child is not solely on the shoulders of the mother, but also the father; it is essential to keep consistent communication between spouses. It takes a village to raise a child; as the saying goes.

It was an incredibly informative talk and our  mums were very keen on having a continuation session.

Thank you to Sheikh Riad from the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils for hosting the webinar! Thanks to the Islamic Society of South Australia also for helping us organize this webinar. We look forward to holding a face-to-face session for our ladies in the future!

Community Annoucement from Australian National Imams Council

The Australian National Imams Council and the Australian Fatwa Council are conscious of keeping the Muslim community united, in particular during Islamic occasions and celebrations. It’s therefore, They would like to take this opportunity to make the following announcement:
 
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the custodians of the two sacred cities Makkah and Madinah, in which the rituals of Hajj including Tawaf, Sa’ai and standing at Arafat are performed, has announced that Sunday, 11th of July 2021 is the first of the Month of Thul Hijjah in the year 1442 after the Hijrah (Migration of the Prophet Peace Be Upon Him).
 
As a result, His Eminence the Grand Mufti of Australia Dr. Ibrahim Abu Mohamad announces that:
🟢 Monday, 19th of July 2021 will be the Day of Arafah (9th of Thul Hijjah) and
🟢 Tuesday, 20th of July 2021 (10th of Thul Hijjah) Will be the Day of Eid Al-Adha for the Year 1442H – 2021

SETS Youth Girls Go Ice Skating!

What an ice way to kick off the holidays! 
 
Our SETS Youth had a ball during their first time ice-skating, though there were a few slips and slides!
It was wonderful to see our girls engage in a fun, physical activity that many have not tried before. They had lots of fun trying to navigate on the ice with their friends; while there were lots of laughs, there were also bumps and bruises!
Keep your eyes out for more holiday activities! We look forward to seeing you at the next one!