POSTED: 27th June 2019
Dozens of individuals and organisations, including MDSI, have taken the pledge to end violence against children and young people, now and forever.
All children and young people have the right to be free from physical, sexual and psychological violence.
I am deeply concerned by the extent and devastating impact of violence against children and young people.
Violence is never justifiable and can be prevented.
I am committed to contribute to the efforts to transform my community, my state, my country and my world to end all forms of violence against children and young people.
Together, we can end violence against children and young people.
Now and forever.
You can take the pledge too by clicking here
POSTED: 25th June 2019 SOURCE: SBS Arabic Radio 17th June 2019
Sana Al-Ahmar discusses MDSI's Refugee Week 2019 event at Campbelltown Council.
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Program: SBS Arabic Radio Interviewer: Australia Alyaom, Manal Al - Ani & Sanae Ouahib Interviewee: Sana Al-Ahmar Duration: 8:40
POSTED: 25th June 2019
Macarthur Diversity Services Initiative (MDSI) is a My Aged Care Service Provider. If you are over the age of 65 years, you may be eligible for these services.
To see how you can receive services subsidised by the government, please call the My Aged Care Service on 1800 200 422
When seeking assistance ask for MDSI as your preferred provider.
If you would like to attend our programs, the referral that you will require is Social Support Group with Transport OR Social Support Individual with Transport.
MDSI and My Aged Care offer a large range of services, which include but are not limited to:
- Personal Care
- Home Cleaning
- Social Support
- Carers Group
If you have any questions, please call MDSI on 4627 1188
** Our workers speak 20 languages **
POSTED: 20th June 2019
On Monday, 17 June 2019, MDSI celebrated Refugee Week 2019 at Campbelltown Civic Centre.
This free community event was attended by over 100 people and other other community organisations.
Guest speakers included Karin Vasquez, CEO MDSI, Cr. Masood Chowdhury, Campbelltown City Council and Paul Power, CEO Refugee Council. Two refugees who have been in Australia for less than 5 years also spoke about their journey and life in Australia (copies of transcripts from Paul Power and Wafa Hamadi below).
We also had a number of performances including Tibetan dancing, Adora from Sierra Leone performed two songs and Lucky African Dance and Drumming played and ran a workshop.
Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual activity to inform the public about refugees and to celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society.
Refugee Week provides a platform where positive images of refugees can be promoted in order to create a culture of welcome throughout the country. The ultimate aim of the celebration is to create better understanding between different communities and to encourage successful integration enabling refugees to live in safety and to continue making a valuable contribution to Australia.
Campbelltown is one of 165 refugee welcome Zones in Australia. In committing to this initiative, councils demonstrate their public support for refugees and people seeking asylum, whilst acknowledging the important contributions refugees make to society. Historically, local governments have played an important role in promoting the social inclusion of diverse communities linked to Australia’s migration and humanitarian programs.
POSTED: 21st May 2019
On Monday, 20 May 2019 MDSI’s Settlement Program held an Iftar event at Campbelltown Council Civic Centre.
The event was very successful with nearly 100 people attending, including representatives from Campbelltown Council, NSW Police, Interfaith Group and Ability Links.
The occasion was celebrated with delicious food and provided a wonderful opportunity for old friends to catch up and new friendships to be made.
POSTED: 06th May 2019
MDSI remembers those who have served and died, in war and operation service, around the world.
On the 24th of April 2019 MDSI's Filipino, Laotian and Men's Group joined Greg Warren MP, volunteers and staff to commemorate ANZAC Day.
* April 25 was officially named ANZAC Day in 1916. It marks the first day the Australian and New Zealand troops saw military action in Gallipoli during the First World War. On ANZAC Day we commemorate the anniversary and remember all who've served. Lest We Forget.
POSTED: 04th April 2019
SSI's FutureAbility Project has launched a multilingual hotline and website that provide easily accessible information on disability and the NDIS in 14 languages.
POSTED: 27th March 2019 SOURCE: SBS Arabic Radio 21st March 2019
Sana Al-Ahmar discusses MDSI's Harmony Day Event
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Program: SBS Arabic Radio Interviewer: Ghassan Nakhoul & Manal Al-Ani Interviewee: Sana Al-Ahmar Duration: 1:02
POSTED: 21st March 2019
A message from MDSI's CEO
March 21 marks Harmony Day celebrations around Australia, celebrating United Nations International Day for the elimination of Racial Discrimination. Harmony Day is about community participation, inclusiveness, celebrating diversity, respect and belonging.
As community service agency we get together to celebrate the message of “Everyone Belongs”.
This year Harmony Day has a shadow cast over its proceedings due to the world mourning the mass killing of innocent people in Christchurch.
MDSI sends its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those killed and to those injured in the attack. We also condemn the racist and divisive rhetoric expressed both before and after this attack. It serves no purpose other than to instil fear and hatred.
We applaud the response of New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern and her inclusive stance against divisive politics. There’s no place for anti-immigration, anti-refugee, anti-Muslim beliefs in Australia.
We invite to join us tonight at our Harmony Day event.
Movie Night at MDSI: The Merger
Thursday 21/03/2019 @5:00pm
Entry cost by donation with all proceeds going to UNHCR.
The Merger is a 2018 Australian comedy/drama movie about a former star footballer turned social justice campaigner who returns to his hometown and is persuaded to coach the struggling, local footy team. He recruits refugees to make up the numbers with hilarious results, but ultimately takes the community on a journey of change.
Karin Vasquez, CEO
POSTED: 13th March 2019 SOURCE: SBS Arabic Radio 08th March 2019
Sana Al-Ahmar discusses MDSI's International Women's Day Event
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Program: SBS Arabic Radio Interviewer: Manal Al-Ani Interviewee: Sana Al-Ahmar Duration: 5:30