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!

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!

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! 

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! 

Refugee Week 2021

This Refugee Week, we acknowledge the valuable contributions of refugees and asylum seekers throughout all communities in Australia. We also embrace the multiculturalism present as well as the opportunity and benefits that it brings that has advanced us this far as a society.
 
In celebration of this week, MWASA took our ‘Learning English through Cooking’ program to Adelaide Central Market to introduce ‘A World of Flavours’. We, together with Red Cross, gathered some of our newly-arrived mums to come in for a live cooking demonstration of ethnic foods from Jordan, Sri Lanka and many more.
It was wonderful seeing our Muslim women in the spotlight and we would love to see more do the same; whether it be to find work or even extending a hand to make a new friend.
Big thank you to the participants, volunteers, guests, MWASA staff and the team from Red Cross for co-hosting this incredible event! 
Another event we held during Refugee Week was for our favourite CHSP Seniors! Despite the tumultuous weather conditions, our seniors made the effort to spend their Thursday morning with us, celebrating the various circumstances that have brought them together.
 
In this celebration, we switched the roles around and had our seniors come up and present instead. We had a delightful performance of Br. Rafik Chanisheff playing the accordion, and Sr. Rouzihan Shadiq reciting verses of the Qur’an. It was truly amazing to unearth the talents of our seniors and we can’t help but want to share it!
We also had one of our SETS clients, Linh, come in and tell the seniors a little bit about her journey to Australia, which she expresses through her art.
 
It is important that we acknowledge the hardships that refugees face throughout their journey to safety and peace. It is within our power to ensure that we, as one community, work to thrive, progress and build our lives together.
 
Let’s move forward unified! 

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?