John Sandy shares a message of acceptance with students of Holy Family, Merewether for Harmony Week IMAGE DARA

John Sandy shares a message of acceptance with students of Holy Family, Merewether for Harmony Week

March 18, 2019 Alexander Foster

Development and Relief Agency (DARA) Project Liaison Officer, John Sandy, visited the students of Holy Family Primary School, Merewether to share his story in time for Harmony Week 2019.

DARA’s Refugee Hub provides integration and independence for migrants IMAGE DARA

DARA’s Refugee Hub provides integration and independence for migrants

February 26, 2019 Alexander Foster

Jessom moved to Australia with his wife and six children two and a half years ago after escaping the ongoing conflict in Syria.

Everett's Story: Why I volunteer IMAGE DARA

Everett's Story: Why I volunteer

February 19, 2019 Alexander Foster

Everett has been volunteering with DARA’s Van along with his wife Deb for several years now. He started out at the Van’s once-per-term stint at St Francis Xavier’s College, Hamilton before getting into fortnightly volunteering at DARA Raymond Terrace and public holidays at Islington Park.

Stronger together: DARA at Raymond Terrace Salvation Army IMAGE DARA

Stronger together: DARA at Raymond Terrace Salvation Army

February 12, 2019 Alexander Foster

Tracy Isles is the Auxiliary Lieutenant of the Salvation Army Centre in Raymond Terrace, where she attends every Wednesday night in support of DARA, its patrons and volunteers.

Matt's Story: DARA's Van visits Nelson Bay IMAGE DARA

Matt's Story: DARA's Van visits Nelson Bay

February 05, 2019 Alexander Foster

Matt and his family are regular patrons of DARA’s Monday service at All Saints Anglican Church Nelson Bay, where they are also members of the church community.

Inspiring journey ends with Australian citizenship IMAGE DARA

Inspiring journey ends with Australian citizenship

January 30, 2019 Lizzie Snedden

DARA's own John Sandy survived war, famine and over a decade separated from his family to achieve his dream of Australian citizenship.

John Sandy: I went through it, I lived it and now I want to help other people IMAGE DARA

John Sandy: I went through it, I lived it and now I want to help other people

January 03, 2019 Alexander Foster

Upon being appointed to the role of Project Liaison Officer with DARA, John Sandy felt sure he’d been given an opportunity to think differently about how to best support refugees and other marginalised individuals settling into our communities.

18 December is International Migrants Day IMAGE DARA

18 December is International Migrants Day

December 12, 2018 Alexander Foster

Since December 2000 International Migrants Day has been held on 18 December, this thanks to a United Nations General Assembly decision to honour migrants.