Same Skies has been in regular communication with the refugee volunteers over the last few months, discussing issues and encouraging project development. The Same Skies team went to Indonesia in January/February and met with a number of existing stakeholders. We continued to build supportive relationships with our friends at Roshan Learning Centre and the Refugee Women Support Group Indonesia.
Same Skies was delighted to meet several refugee women who will act as voluntary informal teachers in the future. The are all very motivated and enthusiastic! We conducted training workshops and shared valuable time getting to know each other while cooking biryani and other Middle Eastern dishes.
The volunteers decided on the project name REFUGEE LEARNING NEST (the Nest). They will soon establish a Facebook page and email address for communications. As mentioned before, the centre will focus on informal education for children as a first priority, and will organise skills-sharing opportunities for adults and other social activites as a second step. Same Skies delivered in-kind donations, including a sewing machine, arts & crafts items, laptops, books, stationery and other learning resources. The volunteers have been very busy looking for the ideal location to rent, and are currently finalising the negotiations with the landlord to start the centre very soon.
Same Skies was happy to collaborate with Indonesian artists in Jogjakarta for an upcomming community art project under the theme of refugees. The local group, SURVIVE! will exhibit their artwork in Melbourne in March 2015 and Same Skies participated in an information workshop with a Q&A session to strengthen knowledge and understanding of the issues among the Indonesian artistic community.
We are continuously inspired by the capability and resilience of refugees and asylum seekers and the encouragement and compassion of our donors and supporters. Thanks to all who have been involved over the last few months!