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

SETS Understanding My Utility Bills

On the 15th of December 2020, MWASA organised a session on ‘Understanding My Utility Bills’ for SETS* mothers. This session was conducted to assist our clients to develop a better understanding of their utility bills and their usage as well as learning ways to reduce these bills.

The session was presented by Sabina, an Energy Advisor from Uniting Communities. She covered topics on appliances that contribute to a higher bill, tariffs and charges and the concession rights they may be eligible to apply. Sabina also assisted them on how to read their bills and what to look for in understanding their bills. The clients were given a magnetic indoor thermometer and useful resources in their preferred language as takeaway souvenirs.

Overall, the clients found the session very informative as it helped them understand their bills and identify solutions to reduce them.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*SETS= Settlement Engagement and Transition Support

End of Year Staff Retreat

MWASA ended the year 2020 with a Staff Retreat on the 14th of December. We started off with a review of our progress for the year and plans for the coming year.

Following that, MWASA’s staff, tutors and volunteers headed off to the restaurant for a very hearty lunch. After lunch, we proceeded to play a game where we had to write an adjective of each letter that best describes a MWASA team member’s name. Everyone wrote such beautiful descriptions of the person they got. 

The team members then shared a few pieces of poetry which were very deep and meaningful. It was a good bonding session. Everyone had such a wonderful enjoying each other’s company. MWASA appreciates all the hard work and effort of the staff, tutors and volunteers.

 

We look forward to 2021!

Foundation Skills End of Year Party and Certificate Presentation Ceremony

On The 8th of December, the Foundation Skills leaners were invited to the End of Year Party and Certificate Presentation Ceremony. This was held to acknowledge the leaners’ efforts in seeking knowledge and to celebrate their learning.

Learners were sat in 2 rooms to ensure proper social distancing as per the COVID-19 Safe rules. The learners then participated in a game of word swat. They then proceeded with the next activity of drawing a portrait of their friends.

 

Following that, Noor and Peta served the potluck food contributed by all the students as per the COVID-19 Safe rules.

 

 

After enjoying the wonderful array of cuisines, the leaners received their certificate and had an opportunity to thank their teachers.

 

 

MWASA celebrates the achievement of our learners and we hope to inspire and motivate our learners for the coming year.

Congratulations to our learners!

Farewell, June!

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!

Top 10 Most Popular MWASA Posts from 2019

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…

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Thankyou for your clicks and comments in 2019 and we hope to stay connected in 2020!

 

 

NEW Info Board at MWASA

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. 

 

EOY MWASA Team Lunch

Last week a number of the MWASA Team – including volunteers, staff members and management committee members – gathered to enjoy each others company and some yummy food. 
 
One distinct difference between being a part of a Not for Profit Team as opposed to private commercial enterprise is that not all team members regularly see each other. Some of the tutors only come in to teach their students and go again until next week. Some of the Management Committee work full time and contribute entirely from passion after hours. Some team members are university students and their contributions are especially appreciated during exam times. 
 
It takes special women to make up a dynamic team such as this. The conversation around the tables was fascinating, colourful, multicultural, at times very funny and other times a heavier reflection on academic or unpleasant things. Each woman is an overflowing vessel of life experience and knowledge.
Another of the collective virtues of our team members is the willingness to help women in the community, the very thing that brought us all together. 
 
Not least, we must sing the praises of Pondok Daun on Currie Street. Lunch was ordered and delivered with no fuss. Pondok Daun is an Indonesian restaurant which consistently produces the highest quality meals, from nourishing soups to hearty kway teow to crunchy wontons with the very zingy chilli sauce. 
 
The team looks forward to 2020, to matching every achievement of 2019 and far surpassing it inshaAllah. 
 
If you would like to volunteer with MWASA in 2020, or know someone who would, please go to our Volunteer Page and submit your details.
 

Commemorating 125 years since Suffrage with The Hon Irene Pnevmatikos MLC

Muslim Women’s Association of SA was invited by the Hon Irene Pnevmatikos MLC (Member of the Legislative Council) to tour Parliament House last week, to commemorate the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in South Australia.

It was truly a wonderful experience for the women coming from diverse cultural backgrounds. For some it was their first time visiting Parliament House, which is a whole experience from arriving at the front steps through to leaving enriched with historical and political knowledge.

The afternoon was full of learning and discovery.

Thank you, Irene, for hosting us!

Multicultural Community Event hosted by the Hon Jing Lee MLC

Jing Lee’s Multicultural Community Event was a very well attended and successful celebration at the Norwood Town Hall, accompanied by delightful cultural performances.

Amid the big crowd of multicultural community representatives, the Hon Jing Lee was – as always – a warm and welcoming host!

When Premier Marshall took to the stage, he highly commended Jing Lee on her outstanding achievement as the Assistant Minister to the Premier and this was greeted with loud applause.

There were 10 Liberal MPs (Members of Parliament) present at this year’s annual occasion. 

AMRC 2019 AGM

It was truly a privilege to be part of the AMRC (Australian Migrant Resource Centre) AGM (Annual General Meeting) last week.

AMRC have done a great job with the youth. They are all groomed to be future leaders in South Australia as well as in their respective communities.

Well done AMRC!