Same Skies starts a Health Programme

August 18, 2016


Same Skies has just completed another field visit to Indonesia. This time Executive Director, Julia Frei, accompanied Health Consultant Sharon Low and Project Officer Annisa Tauziri. The main purpose of the visit was to conduct a health assessment, and design a community-based health programme.

Sharon and Annisa consulted eighty men, women and children from the refugee community about their most common health issues, as well as their prevention and coping strategies. They also conducted several interviews with key informants from other organisations, from the refugee population, as well as from the Indonesian host community.

After the assessment ten health volunteers from Refugee Learning Center and Refugee Learning Nest were selected. Together they designed an ongoing health programme. The team will deliver health education workshops on a monthly basis, as well as identify danger signs and symptoms, and assist the refugee community to access existing health services.

We also conducted a full-day training on basic first aid, CPR and emergency procedures with 40 keen participants. Furthermore we were able to support the teams with practical tasks, such as web design, social media management, crowd funding and communications, and we met with our friends and partners from Roshan Learning Center, Jesuit Refugee Services and UNHCR. Thank you for your kind collaboration!

In addition, we organised a training on the legal process of UNHCR Refugee Status Determination, facilitated by our friends from Suaka. A massive thank you goes out to Trish Cameron and Zico Pestalozzi for training our volunteers. The participants took part eagerly, and are now able to assist others with valuable information about the complex process of seeking asylum in Indonesia.

Thanks to a generous supporter in Singapore, we were able to deliver two laptops to the community centres. The volunteers were very grateful to receive them! Thank you very much! We are always looking for in-kind donations, such as used laptops, cameras and other IT-equipment, as well as educational resources, stationery etc. Please email us at if you would like to make a contribution.


We would like to thank all our supporters around the world for your kind contributions! All of this would not be possible without you!


Last but not least, the biggest thank you goes out to the refugee volunteers at Refugee Learning Nest and Refugee Learning Center! You are our family; your strengths and resilience are our motivation, and your kindness is ever overwhelming! Thank you for your friendship and your tireless commitment to making your own communities stronger!

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