The seniors shared their heartfelt experiences of their time in isolation on postcards. The postcards encouraged them to express their thoughts and feelings on how isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic impacted their lives.
Heartfelt gratitude and appreciation were conveyed by some of the seniors for the packed meals and emotional support given by MWASA during this time. Some seniors also shared their struggles of being isolated from their friends and family members, while others reflected on the importance of looking after their own health and well-being.
On the 10th and 11th of June, the seniors were provided with delicious meals from Sofra Kebab House. Sister Urika, her intern Jessica, and volunteer Sister Filzah delivered the charcoal chicken with rice and salad to the seniors.
Word search activity puzzles and an information pamphlet on ‘Keep Warm this Winter’ by SA Health were also provided to the seniors to help them stay warm and engaged this winter.
Several focus groups were conducted with schools, which aims to promote harmony in SA by raising awareness and understanding of Islam and Muslims living in SA.
These interactive sessions, held in March, were well-received by St Mary’s College and Salisbury High School, with students asking questions that seek to clarify misinterpretations of Islam and understand a Muslim’s way of life.
Students were able to practice safe distancing while engaging in the focus groups.
MWASA is working in partnership with Human Appeal Australia to provide food parcels for the 50 seniors in the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP).
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.
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.
About 20 of our CHSP seniors participated in the event. After the launch, they visited the information booth and then were treated to lunch. The seniors thoroughly enjoyed the day as they were able to eat lunch and socialize with their peers in a relaxed and comfortable ambience.
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!