SETS Mums Start Innovating!

We held an introductory course for our SETS mums to help them move forward towards a future that they want; whether it be to start a business, improve their community or even build themselves professionally!
Our partner from HOST International, Shahy Radwan, introduced the idea of creating an ‘Action Plan’, and explained the importance of being proactive. She also introduced the concept of ‘brainstorming’ ideas; a crucial stepping stone towards innovation and success.
We look forward to seeing what our SETS mums can do! 

Congratulations to our SETS Youth Leaders!

A big round of applause for our SETS girls who’ve just completed our 3-day Youth Leadership Workshop! 
 
The workshop aimed to build the foundation for leadership in our SETS Youth; primarily focussing on self-reflection and confidence in communication. It was an excellent opportunity to help our youth not only as budding leaders but also as individuals, where they learned to channel a ‘growth mindset’ so that they can embrace challenges and accept criticism with ease. 
 
The girls were very active participants so every workshop was a flurry of activity and discussions. They were very keen to learn new skills and how to tackle problems that they were unsure of. A big section of the training was dedicated to being conscious of yourself and others around; specifically how your thinking, actions, and method of communication effects how you are perceived by others.
 
At the end of the workshops, the many youths commented that “more [workshops] would be good because I think there is still a lot more to learn…”. MWASA is very glad to have provided the opportunity for our SETS Youth to grow and learn, and make new friends.
 
MWASA would be very keen to hold similar workshops for our youth in the future. Will you be joining us then?

CHSP Seniors play with Watercolours!

Who knew our seniors were such talented artists? 
 
We held a fantastic art therapy session on June 3rd for our CHSP seniors, guided by art therapist, Victoria Lowery.
The seniors were evidently excited for their first art activity and worked hard to present “the Colours of their Heart”. They were keen to learn about watercolour and stenciling techniques that they would later use in their own works. The activity created a relaxed atmosphere that allowed the seniors to fully engage in their work. It was one of the few times where our seniors weren’t merrily chatting!
It was a wonderful opportunity for them to practice their creative side by expressing themselves through various colours, patterns and shapes; and the results were stunning! We expected no less from our seniors!
While the session was aimed to reduce stress and practice psychological wellbeing, it was most importantly an activity designed for our seniors to enjoy themselves. It was rewarding for us and the seniors to see the result of their work at the end.
 
We are looking forward to seeing what other creative surprises seniors have to show!

Rostrevor College experiences Unity in Diversity

Last month our Cross-Cultural Educator, Flora, took students from Rostrevor College on a tour around Wandana Mosque as a part of our Unity in Diversity program.
 
 
She discussed the topic of Islam and Muslims, and answered questions regarding common misconceptions regarding them. Flora also conversed about fasting and the month of Ramadan, particularly on its importance and the difficulties associated with it. 
 
It was an informative session that allowed the students to walk away more informed and with a better understanding of the importance of having Unity in Diversity. 
 
 
Thank you to Wandana Mosque for hosting us and to Rostrevor College for attending!
 
 
If you are interested in arranging a Cross-Cultural Session for your school or workplace, contact admin@mwasa.org.au.
 

Eid al-Fitr 2021 Message from the Prime Minister

Dear Prime Minister Scott Morrison,

On behalf of Muslim Women’s Association of SA, thank you for your good wishes to our community. 

We appreciate the support from you and the South Australian Government this Eid al-Fitr, a time of celebration that we have always looked forward to.

 

Kind regards, 

Dora Abbas

Vice Chairperson

Eid Mubarak from us to you!

Muslim Women’s Association of SA (MWASA) would like to wish you a sincere Eid Mubarak.
 
As we celebrate this blessed day, it is important that we also make dua for the safety and health of our family members, friends, brothers, and sisters, whether far or near.
 
May Allah (SWT) bless you and your family with an abundance of peace, joy, and health!

SETS Youth Indoor Soccer Tournament

What a kick-off!

Our SETS Youth enjoyed the Saturday morning of April 10th participating in an energizing indoor soccer tournament; the perfect gathering before the start of the month of Ramadan.

SETS Youth in a match.

Despite some not having played the sport before, the support from the other more experienced girls was definitely an encouragement. It gave our SETS Youth the opportunity to interact with others in their community as well as participate in something new. To see the collective team effort put into the games was amazing.

Pre-game team meeting.

The post-game treat of pizza was definitely a good note to end the day for everyone, especially for the winning team that brought home a bag of prizes from their successful game!

SETS Youth enjoying post-tournament pizza.
The winning team poses with their prizes.

During the down-time, many suggested other possible social sport they would like to participate in; it is safe to say that MWASA will definitely be holding another social sport event for our SETS Youth in the near future!

Unity in Diversity – Mosque Tour and Islamic culture experience

As part of the Unity in Diversity program, 60 students from St. Francis school had an opportunity to visit and tour Marion Mosque on 4 March 2021.

They also held conversations on Islam and Muslims, particularly on topics such as fasting and the difficulty associated with it, racism and the difference between cultural and religious practices.’

CHSP BBQ Get Together

On the 14th of January 2021, MWASA organized a BBQ get-together with our CHSP* seniors in Thorndon Park. It was a perfect outing to start off the new year.

The seniors began the activity by strolling down the reservoir. This was a great opportunity for them to increase physical activity and therefore, improve their health and wellbeing.

Seniors taking a stroll.

 

While waiting for the food to cook, the seniors chatted away with their peers while appreciating the beautiful weather and scenery. Many even assisted to help with the cooking process!

Seniors enjoying the view.
Seniors helping out with the BBQ.
Seniors helping out with the BBQ.

Once the food was cooked, the seniors enjoyed the delicious spread of food with their peers while basking in the beautiful outdoors.

Seniors sitting down and enjoying the meal.

It can definitely be said that this outing was a very therapeutic and relaxing experience for the seniors and they are keen for future outings!

*CHSP= Commonwealth Home Support Program

Australian Law for You

A session to explain Australian Law was organized on 21 January 2021 focusing on the most common issues brought up by our SETS* clients.

Clients listening to the talk.

Melanie and Ella from Legal Services Commission went through the rights of both the tenants and landlords, fines, what to do if you are involved in a car accident, marriage and divorce. They also provided all attendees with phone numbers to the legal services commission helpline and the translating and interpreting services available to them. In addition, all attendees were given a booklet with all the important information in their own language.

The session was informative and delivered using clear and simple terms. It helped them to correct some of their misinformation regarding Australian law. The attendees found the session to be very useful as they gained new information and it helped correct the misinformation they had on Australian law. We also had interpreters for both Arabic and Dari speakers were present.

Clients listening to the talk.

We hope to further provide our women with the knowledge that could help them in the future. 

SETS*= Settlement Engagement and Transition Support