Working Together Waikato Refugee Forum and NZ Red Cross Waikato

Report
Strengthening Refugee Voices
Waikato
Supporting successful refugee
resettlement in the community with
NZ Red Cross
Ismail Gamadid
President of the Waikato Refugee Forum
Hamilton (SRV) Waikato
Powhiri
Welcoming all refugee
families
- Police, NZRC, WRF,
TROK.
- 6 years.
- Marae
- High commissioner –
best welcome for
refugees.
Youth Programmes/ Engagements
- NZRC &WRF
- (advertising/community
connection
- Youth Leadership
- Youth reps (forum)
- WOWMA (girls
engagement)
WORLD REFUGEE DAY EVENT
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Photo Exhibition
Saturday Celebration
Soccer teams
Youth Consultation. -
Youth voices are
heard and taken
into account.
- They express
their feelings.
- They find
resources that
help with job
requirements
and education.
- Employment
opportunities
for youth (after
graduation)
- Refugee youth
specific
apprenticeships
Community Consultation.
- 3 times a
year.
- 9 refugee
background
communities.
NewestColombian,
Burmese,
Eritrean
Afghan
Interpreters.
Community Meeting
- Refugee
Community
Empowerment
through settling In
project.
- Community
Capacity Building.
- Media Training.
- Project Planning.
- Educating about
Family Disputes
and Solutions
under the NZ law.
- More English
classes for the
Refugee
Communities.
Community Meeting.
- Driving meeting
- Connection to
MP’s
- Learning to drive.
- Important aspect
for refugee
families in NZ.
Monthly Meetings WRF
Speakers.
- Police.
- Stakeholders.
- NGO’s.
- Government
Departments.
Mosque Development -
Religious Classes
for children.
- Early Childhood
Education (non
participating
children)
- English Language
Classes for adults
and youth.
- Youth Women
Leaders
Programme
- Opened by
General secretary
of World Muslim
League – Dr
Abdullah Turki
- Visited by Imam of
Masjid Makkah.
Dignitaries
- Speaker of the
HOUSE UK
- NZ Chief of Army
- Ethiopian
Ambassador to
New Zealand and
Australia.
- UNHCR High
Commissioner.
Response to families in need.
- Displaced Families
in Christchurch
during the
earthquake.
- Housing Needs
- Fund raising by the
Afar Friendship
Society
Relationship with NZ Red Cross
Refugee Services.
- Refugee and Migrant
employment worker
(contracted by MSD)
- 27 refugees and
migrants employed in
2013/2014.
- Iftar (Breaking Fast)
organised by the NZ Red
Cross refugee services
staff
English Language classes
• English Language
Partners
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2014 ESOL Literacy in the
Waikato
80 learners in 4 classes
Refugee background learners
come from Colombia, Burma,
Afar (from Eritrea), Congo DRC,
Iraq, Cambodia, Somalia,
Afghanistan.
Additional Refugee background
learners from these countries
are also in English Language
Groups and working 1-1 with an
ESOL Home tutor.
60 volunteers will train in 2014
the majority matched with
refugee background people
Waikato Migrant Resource Centre
• Assists migrants and refugees by providing Settlement
information and services (for example 5000 Refugee and
Migrant clients use the centre).
• Hosts communities and other organisations for
meetings, language classes and other gatherings.
• Collaborates with agencies co-located in the centre: .
Red Cross Refugee Services (May 2014)
• English Language Forum
• Migrant Youth Work and Training Services.
History Legacy!
- Ismail Gamadid
- Barbara Redfern
- Rachel O’Conner.

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