2022 Swim, Survive and Socialise

Unfortunately the annual Harda Swimming Program for 6-17yo to be held in January 2022 had to be postponed this year due to covid, which was very disappointing for all involved & we apologise to all the kids who were looking forward to it.

However we are hoping to run it in the Easter holidays, from Mon April 11th to Fri Apr 22nd.  This will  run on weekdays and be an 8 day program due to the Easter public holidays when it will not operate. Sessions & participants will be the same as advised for the Jan program and will be confirmed closer to the date.  If you are not already registered and want to participate or if you are and cannot make it please contact us asap. This program is sponsored by Dooleys Catholic Club and we are v appreciative of their ongoing support.

Emergency support for local communities during Covid (Jan 2022)

In October HARDA was fortunate to receive a grant from Multicultural NSW through their Empowering and Supporting Local Communities Program. This allowed us to continue to provide emergency supplies support as well as Covid and Vaccination information to members of our communities who were struggling to put food on the table due to the Covid pandemic. We also supplied 942 bottles (142lt) of hand sanitizer (sourced through Good360 Australia) and 8,000 masks to the South Sudanese and Somalia communities.

End of Year party

We recently held a small celebration to mark the end of another year of our successful Jobs for African Migrants Program. Although the lockdown provided additional challenges, thanks to our wonderful mentors and participants, we were able to keep the program running and found jobs for many of our program participants. We’re looking forward to helping more of them find work next year!

Assistance to Homeless in Sydney

HARDA has done three projects to support the Homeless in recent years, all in partnership with Brothers in Need and each funded by a $5,000 donation by Global Aid Foundation

Support for Homeless May 2020

HARDA, in partnership with Brothers In Need, organised the distribution of 200 sleeping bags to homeless persons in Martin Place, Central Station, Parramatta and Wollongong.

Support for Homeless 2018

In winter of 2018 the program distributed 176 high quality sleeping bags and hygiene packs in Martin Place and Parramatta park.

Food for Homeless May 2017

In winter of 2017, with the assistance of the organisation Brothers In Need, HARDA distributed food and hygiene packs in Martin Place and Parramatta Park.

Emergency support for local communities during Covid (Oct 2021)

HARDA was very fortunate that the Scanlon Foundation provided an Emergency Support grant in a extremely short time frame in early August so that we could provide urgent assistance to community members experiencing severe hardship due to them or their families having contracted Covid, needing to be in isolation or due to the long lockdown. This help was provided by email in the form of Woolworths gift cards to enable contactless delivery of food and other urgently needed essentials. Information was also provided on the financial assistance available from the government, on Covid restrictions and requirements, on vaccinations and in some cases assistance was given with phone plans to help alleviate social isolation.

In October HARDA was fortunate to receive a grant from Multicultural NSW through their Empowering and Supporting Local Communities Program. This allowed us to continue to provide emergency supplies support as well as Covid and Vaccination information to members of our communities who were struggling to put food on the table due to the Covid pandemic. We also supplied 942 bottles (142lt) of hand sanitizer (sourced through Good360 Australia) and 8,000 masks to the South Sudanese and Somalia communities.

Maternity clinic construction completed

HARDA has recently built a maternity clinic in North Eastern Kenya in partnership with the Waso Resource Development Agency (WARDA).

The maternity clinic will enable mothers in the rural villages to have access to a maternity health service and it will also provide primary health care in the isolated regions of Kenya. It serves the population of 5 neighbouring villages with the population of 4,000 people. HARDA would like to thank the generous donors of the project.

Small livelihood project for vulnerable families, Wajir South, Kenya

HARDA is pleased to announce that the women and youth of Wajir South will soon have access to financial resources to set up workshops for skills training and to start small business, courtesy of The Global Aid Foundation (GAF) and our local partner the Waso Resource Development Agency (WARDA).

The women and youth of Wajir South, an area in North Eastern Kenya bordering Somalia, have historically had a dependency on aid and charity, which is typically administered in a sporadic and ad hoc basis.

Statistics show that a staggering 74% of the population is unemployed, with women and the youth being the most affected. The main causes of this unemployment have been identified as poverty, perennial drought, insecurity, conflicts, high illiteracy levels and a lack of gainful and readily marketable skills. For women, this situation is aggravated by socio-cultural factors and other societal vulnerabilities, such as a high level of divorce.

A rise in social ills in Wajir South, including, substance abuse, crime, prostitution, violent extremism, and most recently youth for hire as militia in communal conflicts, is directly attributable to this lack of employment.

However, the residents of Wajir South are resourceful and enterprising and, when equipped with the right skills and financing, are capable of setting up their own cottage industries that would increase the available employment opportunities, provide them with a regular source of income and spur the local economy.

The Global Aid Foundation are financing this project with $30,000, which will fund a number of donkeys and carts needed to start a small transport business, and provide initial capital needed for the conduct of business to support this vulnerable community.

2021 Swim, Survive and Socialise

Over 110 kids and youth from a Horn of Africa or CALD background attended HARDA’s annual

Swim, Survive and Socialize program, sponsored by Dooleys Catholic Club. The program was held at ASTA in Seven Hills and catered for all levels from beginner to advanced, with 45 min classes every weekday from Jan 11th – 22nd. While extra precautions because of covid were taken, it didn’t detract from the fun had by all and the great progress everyone made in their swimming & water safety skills. We were v pleased that in this difficult year this was one program that was able to go ahead and everyone really enjoyed it. The smiles on the faces made it all worthwhile.

HARDA is very excited to report that this year we have achieved one of our long held goals in our quest to increase community water safety capacity. One of the swim instructors teaching in this year’s program was a young lady with a South Sudanese background. She participated in the HARDA Swim Program when she was she was younger and did her Bronze Medallion and her Instructors course through it. She is now working as an instructor at ASTA while she completes her studies. We are hopefully that over the next couple of years we will have more swim instructors from our communities, in part because of her inspiration.

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