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Your donation continues to help our refugees

June 19, 2020

I hope this update finds you safe and in good health. In celebration of this year's Refugee Week, I wanted to give you an update on the Refugee Language Program and the impact your gift continues to have on our students. 


2020 was off to a great start for the Refugee Language Program, but by the time March arrived, we were left with no choice but to put face to face teaching on hold. We were determined to continue our teachings and support for our students, so we initiated the Distance Learning Program to ensure the program could continue through the lock-down period. 


We now have 35 students enrolled  and I am so proud of the way our students and volunteers have adapted to our long distance program. Click here to read the University's recent article on the impact of the Refugee Language Program for students during COVID-19. 


For students with access to computers, their lessons can take place through Zoom, but many of our students don't have access to computers, so educational resources like worksheets are mailed to students to ensure they are able to continue their lessons.


Some of our students are managing during this isolation period, but others have lost their work, had shifts drastically cut, and many are not eligible for Centrelink. While we are mainly safe here, some of our students have received terrible news about their families and friends in their country of birth. The Distance Learning Program has allowed us to support our students during this difficult time. 


I was able to set up this program thanks to the donations we receive, for that I really cannot thank you enough. Thanks to your support we are able to provide more resources for our students and tutors. Recently we were able to purchase a dozen readers for students and two laptops for tutors to manage the Distance Learning Program.


Thanks to your generosity, the program has continued for our students throughout this very difficult time, helping to maintain and improve their language skills and to provide information and support to get them through this pandemic. We have so many wonderful people who engage with the program. One of our students, Batouli, has never been to school but she is now learning to read and write. This wouldn't be possible without your support. 


If you are in a position to, please consider renewing your support for the Refugee Language Program by making a 100% tax-deductible gift today. Thank you so much for believing in our work.


Lesley Carnus,

Coordinator of the Refugee Language Program


Thanks to your support

June 21, 2019

This National Refugee Week (16-22 June) we want to thank you for your support of our Refugee Language Program. Because of you the program continues to thrive and gives refugees an opportunity to build a life in Australia.


We now have enough classroom resources to provide suitable texts to our teachers and mentors, so students can learn to the best of their ability.


We have also employed a casual administration assistant with ESL experience to help link students with mentors.  This year we have matched multiple individuals including a volunteer dermatologist with a young refugee from Burundi whose goal it is to work in hospital administration, and a school teacher with an academic from Turkey (Uyghur) who lectured in Mandarin.


We have also matched three young siblings from Afghanistan who will receive extra group tuition from a staff member and her husband. All three want to improve their skills to sit for the International English Language Testing System test and study in the medical field.


We have also worked with the Sydney Theatre Company to hold two workshops called English through Drama. We will  also  hold two further workshops in July.


This has all been possible thanks to your generosity.


If you would like to make a donation this financial year please donate before the end of June.


Thank you

July 29, 2016

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to the 143 donors who gave to this project! Your incredible generosity has ensured this community service can continue its vital service. By extending the Refugee Language Program, your gift will help equip refugees with the language skills they need to thrive in Australia.

“As a volunteer at the Refugee Language Program, I see first-hand the profound impact of your generosity. Funding from donors means we’re able to help more refugees unlock their potential, and that’s a wonderful thing to be a part of! Thank you.” – Karen Garlan, Refugee Language Program volunteer and PhD Student at Sydney School of Public Health.

It’s not too late

July 22, 2016

Thank you to everyone who has supported the Refugee Language Program thus far –  your generosity is sincerely appreciated. With just a few hours to go, we’re so close to hitting our goal of $10,000!

Click ‘share’ and help spread the word! We can still make a huge difference to refugees in Australia. 

We've hit $5,000 but we're not stopping here.

June 29, 2016

We are only six days into our campaign and thanks to you, our generous supporters we have hit our original goal of $5000! But we’re not stopping here.

Every dollar raised for the Refugee Language Program is used to support refugees by equipping them with the language skills crucial for success within Australia. The more we raise, the more refugees we can assist. 

With this in mind, we have increased our goal to $10,000. By extending our target, we can continue to run the Refugee Language Program while we apply for other sources of continuous funding.

As a community, we can give refugees a voice in Australia.

The Refugee Language Program has made all the difference for Arman*, a young psychologist who enrolled in several Academic English classes on campus. The funding we received allowed us to link Arman with a tutor who worked with him for three hours a week on writing and comprehension skills.

Today, Arman is a registered psychologist in a clinic that deals primarily with war-traumatised patients.

This story is just one of the many success stories the Refugee Language Program is making possible. Please continue to share this project with your friends and networks.

Together we can continue to make a huge difference. Thank you.



*Name changed for privacy reasons.


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