#SSISuccessStories

Read our latest case studies on how SSI supports its clients to achieve their full potential.

Tibetan refugee with prominent political profile helps translate for community

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Tsering Yangzom fled Tibet at the age of 9 due to the incorporation of Tibet into the People's Republic of China. She lived in a Tibetan village in India before arriving in Australia as a refugee with her husband, Kunkyab, in 2020.

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Resilient doctor-turned-librarian with vision to reconnect with family in Tibet

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Since leaving Tibet as a teenager and fleeing to India as a refugee, Dolkar Lhamo has not only overcome many hardships but also managed to attain significant achievements.

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Iraqi entrepreneur keen to restart family business in Australia

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After leaving Iraq and spending over a year in Jordan, Roben Noonoo arrived in Australia as a refugee in February 2020 with his wife and son.

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Iraqi-born researcher and refugee gets work published in prestigious scientific journal

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Iraqi refugee and PhD student of astronomy Rami Alsaberi arrived in Australia in December 2016 with his parents, brothers and sister as a family unit of seven from Iraq after spending three years in Jordan.

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Former refugee and entrepreneur empowers fellow newcomers

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Hedayat Osyan is a 28-year-old former refugee from Afghanistan and an SSI Ignite® Small Business Start-ups (Ignite®) entrepreneur who founded a tiling company to support fellow refugees to establish their new lives in Australia.

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Iraqi sisters secure employment and further education during first year in Australia

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The Australian Government’s Humanitarian Settlement Program delivered by Settlement Service International (SSI) has supported Iraqi sisters, Diana and Sandra Hassan* to acquire part-time jobs and engage in higher education.

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Refugee doctor back on track saving lives

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Saif Noori understands both hard work and hardship.

Before arriving in Australia in May 2018 on a humanitarian visa, Saif was a medical officer at a hospital in Iraq. 

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Self-starter refugee helps others settle in to their new home

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After fleeing Syria with her family, Sophie Bejek had been in Australia for only six months when she applied for SSI’s Community Innovation Fund to run community cooking classes.

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Mother on a mission to support her sons with ‘invisible disabilities’ to live full, independent lives

Eve is the mother of three adult children with intellectual, social, and behavioural disabilities. She and her husband have uprooted their lives to ensure they can raise her daughter and two sons with the knowledge that their disability does not define them.

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Proactive autism advocate launches business with SSI’s support

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With the support of IgniteAbility® Small Business Start-ups, high-achieving entrepreneur and autism advocate Haydn Payne launched his own pilot program, PRISM, for job prospects in Blacktown in January 2020.

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Living and thriving as a young person with Asperger Syndrome

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Like many university students, 20-year-old Bevan is focused on completing his degree and finding out what direction he wants to take in life. While managing the ups and downs of early adult life, Bevan also must navigate the world as an individual living with Asperger syndrome.

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Victoria – respite and emergency foster carer

As a single woman, you may think that she does not fit the mold of your typical foster carer. But when Victoria talks about the children she supports through the SSI Multicultural Foster Care program, one thing is abundantly clear—she is a born carer.

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Perseverance and growth: Kim’s foster care journey

When Kim* and her husband first connectedwith SSI’s Multicultural Foster Care program, they thought they would ease themselves into foster caring with short-term care arrangements.

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Access and Logan Together work for better child safety

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Access’ Manager of Community, Kenny Duke, recently attended a two-day workshop as part of her role on the Logan Together Leadership Table. Kenny, together with Community Engagement team member Blaise Itabelo and Rima Flihan, attended the workshop to review the recent increase in child intervention occurring in Logan.

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Community Hubs is a lifesaver in 2020

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In a year where place and connection took on a new meaning, and the concept of our Hubs were challenged, families all over the country still greatly benefitted from the thousands of language, early childhood and other programs delivered.

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The next step for working mum

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After migrating from Mexico to Australia ten years ago, Cindy knew it was time for a change – she wanted to move up the career ladder.

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