Refugee Language Program
Thousands of refugees and asylum seekers come to Australia with no support networks or accommodation, little financial income and limited knowledge of the language and culture.
Many are from violent and war-torn countries and experience physical, emotional and psychological scars that are carried with them as they start their new lives in Australia.
The Refugee Language Program at the University of Sydney provides free language classes, mentoring and social activities – programs which aren’t available to them anywhere else.
The program also helps to alleviate the isolation refugees experience as well as providing valuable life skills at no cost.
Why we need your help
The Pratt Foundation funded the program with a generous gift for a period of three years. In November the funding runs out and we need the support of the community to help refugees get the skills and confidence they need to start a new life in Australia.
The program costs $50,000 each year to run. We need your support to help raise $10,000 to fund the program while we look for additional sources of stable funding.
What does the Refugee Language Program do?
Last year more than 100 refugees enrolled in the University’s Refugee Language Program – many of whom are highly educated and hold university-level qualifications in fields including education, engineering and medicine.
In 2016 the program runs four classes each week at the University’s Camperdown campus including mentoring programs on Monday and Wednesday, and several classes on Saturdays. After weekend classes students have the opportunity to have lunch with the program volunteers. This provides an opportunity for the refugees to feel more connected, and to engage with Australian culture, customs and traditions.
With your support we can continue to give refugees access to these opportunities, and the chance to feel like they are really making a home in Australia.
What can you do to help refugees?
Any gift, large or small is crucial to the continuation of the program and our support of new Australians.
Please share our project with your friends and family through social media and your networks and help us to reach our goal.