20, Jun

Refugee Week 19-26 June 2016

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“With courage let us all combine”

 

Taken from the second verse of the Australian national anthem, the theme of Refugee Week 2016 celebrates the courage of refugees and of people who speak out against persecution and injustice. It serves as a call for unity and for positive action, encouraging Australians to improve our nation’s welcome for refugees and to acknowledge the skills and energy refugees bring to their new home.

 

Wellsprings for Women  – welcoming all cultures, faiths and abilities

 

Wellsprings for Women opened in the home of the Presentation Sisters, in Dandenong Victoria in 1994, for one day a week.  From this small beginning the Centre is now open 5 days a week and caters for approximately 150 women weekly.The Presentation work of Wellsprings for Women in Dandenong, Victoria focuses on empowering women through education in a climate of welcome and hospitality.

The Wellsprings Centre functions under the care of a number of qualified staff and a large number of well trained volunteers. In recent years the Membership of the Wellsprings Company has moved across to Kildare Ministries. Presentation Sisters continue to support this project financially and in many other ways.

The Wellsprings Centre celebrates diversity by welcoming women from all cultures, faith backgrounds and abilities. Many of the women are refugees and 30 of them are asylum seekers.

Sr Judy Bellesini PBVM is a Board Member and is involved in many of the activities at Wellsprings. Judy is part of the “Learning to Live in Australia” class, which caters specifically for refugees/asylum seekers and those with little English.

The first photograph shows one of these classes lead by a volunteer. While the other shows Conversation Classes for asylum seekers and refugees. The third photograph captures women learning about some Australian animals, which were brought to Wellsprings that day. The final photograph was taken on World Refugee Day at Wellsprings in 2015.

Each day Wellsprings focuses on empowering women through education, in a climate of welcome and hospitality

 

Wellsprings Photo 1

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