Our work Recipients 2010

social justice 2009

Several Humanitarian Entrant education awards of $2,500 each for students with refugee status who are currently enrolled in the State and Catholic education systems offering financial assistance to award determination against overwhelming odds and encourage their education and career pursuits.

2010 / NENE MANESSEH, AH PAY, FATEMEH HEIDARI, CEDRICK KAYEMBE MALUMBA, MUKU THOMAS MASIYA & YAI MARIO RING

Nene Manesseh

Nene was born in Sudan. Her father was killed in fighting between the government and the local people. Nene's mother had to leave her home and she took four of her children with her but had to leave the two eldest children with relatives. Nene was just a baby and her mother had to carry her. They walked through Sudan and crossed into Kenya where they found their way to the Kukuma refugee camp, one of the biggest in the world. Nene grew up in the camp and the family applied for refugee status with the United Nations. Finally, when Nene was 14, they found that they could come to Australia. Nene studied at Kingston High and is now doing year 12 at the Tasmanian Academy. Nene has been undertaking studies with the Polytechnic in Social Studies and Administration. Nene is now working as Project Officer on the Alcorso Foundation's collaborative project Living in Between with the Tasmanian Centre for Global Learning and Hobart College. Nene was awarded Hobart City Council's Young Achiever of the Year award for 2011.

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Ah Pay

Last year my teacher's at Claremont College helped me to apply to the Alcorso Foundation for a special award. They helped me to write the application. In that letter I told them I wanted be an Engineer and go to University. I felt my English wasn't good enough to apply for the award or even think about University! But my teacher's encouraged me and the award was presented to me by Mr Michael Lynch and Lisa Singh at Parliament house. I have bought a lap top which I use for home work and I have internet access. This is supporting my learning. I can also say I feel more confident to achieve my goals.

A word from my teacher, Susan: Ah Pay is too modest to talk about his achievements. He came to us in March last year, and started in general courses aimed at improving and consolidating his English and Mathematics. He has made rapid progress and is now achieving excellent results in Maths Applied 2 and ESL 3 as well as Computer Graphics. Ah Pay is going to do an extra year next year, Year 13, to further consolidate his study and sit Pre-Tertiary Maths, English and Physical Science exams. We wish Ah Pay all the best in his study and he thanks the Alcorso Foundation for giving him that extra confidence to achieve his dream.

Thank you to the Alcorso Foundation for the generous award.

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Fatemeh Heidari

Fatemeh was born in Afghanistan. Her family are Hazara and were persecuted by the ruling groups. The situation was very dangerous and her mother decided to try to escape to Iran. Fatemeh is the oldest child, and with her mother and her two younger brothers, she left Afghanistan for Iran. The family joined more than two million Afghanis living as refugees in Iran. Fatemeh had to leave school when she was 11 to help her mother and aunt look after the children. Fatemeh arrived in Australia in 2007. She has just completed a bridging year where she has focused on learning English, maths and computer skills. Next year she will study year 11 and wishes to train as a nurse.

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Cedrick Kayembe Malumba

Cedrick was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He left the Congo in 2002 with his family and travelled to Benin. Cedrick continued his education in Benin however in 2007 the conditions in that country forced his family to apply for a humanitarian visa to come to Australia. They arrived in Tasmania in 2008. Cedrick is in year 12 at Guilford Young College and intends to enrol at the University of Tasmania in 2010 to study International Relations and Law. Cedrick is now in his third year at the University of Tasmania majoring in International Relations and Sociology. His dream is to obtain his Masters Degree and go on to work in International Relations for a global organisation that provides assistance to third world countries. Cedrick represented Tasmania at the International Young Leadership Conference held in Prague in January 2012. Since his return Cedrick has been volunteering with the Alcorso Foundation's collaborative project Living in Between with the Tasmanian Centre for Global Learning and Hobart College.

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Muku Thomas Masiya

Muku was born in Sudan. At the age of two, Muku was left with an aunt and other family members. He travelled from Sudan to the Democratic Republic of Congo, to Central Africa and back to Sudan, walking each time. He left Sudan again at the age of nine, with a sister and cousin and went to Uganda to live with an uncle and go to school. In 2004 Muku applied to come to Australia with his sister and uncle from a refugee camp in Uganda. They arrived in Tasmania in 2006. Muku is a house captain at St Patrick’s and plays soccer for the senior firsts. Muku wishes to go to the University of Tasmania in 2010 to study Political Science and Economics.

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Yai Mario Ring

Yai's parents are Sudanese. They fled Sudan during the civil war between Muslims and Christians and Yai was born in Ethiopia. Her family then travelled to the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya to obtain work. Yai has never been to Sudan but she would love to go back and visit. Her family had to flee Kenya due to further political unrest and she arrived in Australia in February 2002. Yai's goal for 2010 is to enrol in the Aged Care course at the Tasmanian Polytechnic leading to an Enrolled Nursing course.

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