Bolena’s Story

Bologna's story - SCARF stories

“I had to leave Iraq because I had war in my country. I’m also a journalist, so that’s very big trouble. I didn’t have safety. After one month in Australia, I came to SCARF. The language is very hard for me, so I can’t find a job, I can’t study. I...

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Garden Helps Burmese Community Connect to Traditions from Home

Tucked away on a sloping plot is a ‘secret garden’ bearing a colourful array of veg and wildflowers. The attentive and patient gardeners responsible for establishing and nurturing the hidden oasis are the Burmese (Myanmar) Gardening Group – a group of families from refugee backgrounds who’ve found a way to pass on gardening skills...

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Our Friendship: April and Bolena

April and Bolena - SCARF blog

It’s often commented that one of the best things about SCARF are the friendships formed in our community. Indeed, many SCARF friendships have become lifelong, continuing outside the parameters of volunteer roles and SCARF activities. SCARF actively encourages friendships through our Befriending Program, where volunteers are paired with community members....

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SCARF Representatives in the Community

We’re proud as punch of the SCARF Community Members who’ve represented SCARF in the broader community. Recently, representatives have attended the Affinity ‘Women of Culture’ Dinner, and a UOW Awards night. Affinity ‘Women of Culture’ Dinner Community members and volunteers, Elizabeth and Narges, Volunteer Coordinator, Alex, and SCARF Founder and...

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Ghada’s Story

Ghana's story - SCARF stories

“My name is Ghada. I came from Syria to Australia with my family, who are my husband and 5 children. We arrived in Australia on the 15th of January 2015. Language has been the most difficult challenge of living in Australia. My family and I speak Arabic. Leaving family behind...

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Kwibe Nickolas’ Story

“Hi my name’s Kwibe Nickolas, I’m Congolese by nationality. I’ve been in Australia for one year and 7 months. I’m 27 years old. When I came to Australia I went to Tafe Wollongong studying English, I was there for 6 months. After that I went to Tafe Shellharbour doing my...

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