We have just returned from another productive field visit to Indonesia. We have provided diverse training sessions to over 40 participants from Refugee Learning Nest and Refugee Learning Center, as well as representatives from our partners, Cipayung Refugee Educational Center, Refugee Women Support Group Indonesia and other refugee learning centres. We conducted workshops on:
Writing Effective Emails
Writing Project Proposals
Social Media & Client Confidentiality
Diversity & Inclusion
Habits of Thinking & Traumatic Experiences
Basic First Aid
The Principle of Do-No-Harm
In addition, Teacher Trainer, Tracey Donehue, undertook classroom observation and modelled teaching methods to support the volunteer teachers with practical support.
Our Health Consultant, Sharon Low, provided the newly formed health group with training on Stress Management and WASH, including Dengue Fever, Scabies, Diarrhoea and other common health issues in Indonesia. She also helped them to develop dissemination strategies and to conduct their first health promotion session with members from the wider refugee community.
Furthermore, Executive Director, Julia Frei, helped the teams connect with an exceptional 14 year-old Australian student, who is fighting to change the Australian public’s perception of refugees and asylum seekers. She also supported Refugee Learning Center with the preparation of their next crowd funding campaign (to be launched through their own website in the next days).
The participants provided amazing feedback about the relevance and usefulness of the training activities:
“It was like going to the doctor to be diagnosed
and finally receiving the right treatment”.
Thanks to generous donors in Australia and Switzerland, we were again able to distribute in-kind donations, such as books, two cameras, two desktop computers and a laptop. The teams were very happy to receive those items. Thank you very much!
We also had an opportunity to meet with our friends at Jesuit Refugee Services and Roshan Learning Center. Thank you for all the fruitful collaboration and friendship!
According to plan, this was one of our last visits to these two refugee-led community centres, as the teams will be ready to fully take over by the end of the year! It fills us with pride to know that we are no longer needed, and that they will be capable of sustainably continuing their activities with your support!
We have been receiving a lot of requests from new refugee groups who would like to start similar projects, and need our assistance with the set-up of community centres.
Please keep supporting us so that we can make it a reality!