Our work Recipients 2011

social justice 2011 recipients

The Alcorso Foundation’s annual awards are presented to humanitarian entrant students undertaking study in HSC Colleges across Tasmania. It recognises and rewards the hard work students have committed to their education and community participation.

The award not only offers financial assistance to ensure maximum education benefit, it provides opportunity and confidence for each student to encourage them to strive for and reach personal and career goals that may otherwise be unattainable.



Abraham Kargbo

Kings Meadows High School, Launceston

Abraham was two when he had to leave his home with his grandmother, little brother and his sister not knowing where his parents were at the time - he still does not know. Abraham and his siblings lived with their grandmother in Ghana until she died. At nine years old he worked with a farmer in order to support his young brother and sister until moving to the city to live with his aunt where a neighbour taught him English.

In 2008 Abraham came to Tasmania where his determination and hard work has allowed him to become a prefect and receive numerous recognition awards. Abraham’s grant will help him attend Tasmania’s Polytechnic College and hopefully fulfill his goal to become a sports journalist.


Assefa Gebremariam

Launceston College

Assefa’s father went missing in 1994 after serving in the Ethiopian army. Not knowing if his father was alive or dead Assefa lived with his mother and six siblings in Adigrat whilst the war continued. In an extraordinary chance of fate an Ethiopian women (also a humanitarian entrant) walking through a Hobart park in 2006 recognised the face of a man sitting in the park as being Ethiopian. It became apparent this man was Assefa’s father who had been in prison for 15 years in Eritrea and had been assisted by the Red Cross to come to Australia.

The woman contacted her parents in Ethiopia who knew the Gebremariam family. They went around to the Gebremariam’s home and told them that their father was alive and living in Australia. In 2009 the family arrived in Australia under the UNHRC resettlement program.

Assefa has worked extremely hard to overcome language barriers and become acquainted with the new education system to succeed at school. He will use his grant to complete year 13 to gain the necessary results to enter University to study Tourism and the Environment.


Amony Elder

Tasmanian Polytechnic, Hobart Campus
Amony’s parents died when she was very young and she lived with her uncle and grandmother in Uganda. In 2007, she and her brother were sponsored to come to Australia by her aunt. Amony has overcome many personal obstacles to succeed at college. She has successfully overcome language barriers and financial challenges to attend school, achieving excellent results.

A member of the student group ‘Students Against Racism’ and the Migrant Resource Centre’s ‘My Voice’, Amony has a great desire to contribute to her new community through education and sharing stories. Her long term goal is to study nursing at University and will use her grant to assist her in those endeavours.


Irene Ruba

Tasmanian Polytechnic, Elizabeth Campus
Irene and her brother lived in a refugee camp for fifteen years before being sponsored to come to Australia in 2008. Unable to read, write or speak English they both attended Tasmania’s Polytechnic English course where Irena eventually enrolled in other courses including Maths, Computing, Arts and Health.

It is Irena’s desire to study Aged Care in 2011 so that she may care for the elderly, working in a nursing home or similar facility. Irena’s grant will assist her obtain the relevant qualifications to achieve her goals.


Magai Mawien

Guilford Young College, Hobart
At six years of age Magai was placed in a refugee camp in Kenya with his aunt, having lost contact with his parents. After four years of living in the refugee camp he was sponsored to come to Australia by another aunt and now lives in Tasmania with an aunt and her children - his ‘adopted’ family.

Magai arrived in Australia with no English skills. His hard work and determination has seen him succeed at school and become a peer support for new refugee students assisting them to overcome similar challenges. His grant will help him follow his dream to achieve the required results for entry into University to study civil engineering