The NSW Government has recently awarded SSI with a grant to expand Cumberland Council’s Friendship Garden. The grant stems from the NSW Community Building Partnership program that awards grants for community infrastructure projects and will go towards the installation of an accessible children’s sensory garden for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) families and children of all abilities.
SSI News Blog
The end of the year is hurtling towards us. Like many of you, I’m squeezing in as much as possible between now and the end of this week, when our office will close and I’ll have a fortnight to celebrate with family and reflect on another big year.
Leaving behind friends, family and everything you know in search of safety takes huge courage. But that’s particularly so when, like Fatema Al Askar, you make that journey alone. The former graphic designer from Syria arrived in Australia in early 2017 to start a new life.
SSI is working hand-in-hand with local communities to resettle refugees in regional NSW, including through a new Coffs Harbour office launched in December.
Ania Kebabjian fled Syria via Lebanon and arrived to Australia in 2016 as a refugee. She admits that starting up a new life and settling in takes time - but 2017 was different, Ania explains to Marie Claire magazine, as she finally feels at home.