Donations flood in for Syrian refugees

Eh Soe Kyat Oo, Daffodil Sawmei, Paul Rafferty and Elizabeth Scully with the donations for Syrian refugees. Picture: Lauren Pilat
Eh Soe Kyat Oo, Daffodil Sawmei, Paul Rafferty and Elizabeth Scully with the donations for Syrian refugees. Picture: Lauren Pilat

THE Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre in Mirrabooka is being inundated with donations for the newly arrived Syrian family and incoming refugees from the war-torn country.

The family of five arrived last month and are temporarily living in accommodation rented by the migrant centre as “humanitarian clients” in the northern suburbs.

Manager Paul Rafferty said the centre had been inundated with clothes and food donations for the family and incoming Syrian refugees after the Perth Welcomes Syrian Refugees Facebook group was established.

Mr Rafferty said the centre had to get assistance from the Salvation Army to manage the intake of donations and asked community members wanting to help to donate directly to the Salvos.

He said centre staff would help the family find their own home to rent in the next month and had already co-ordinated referral services and registrations for the family with several government and non-profit organisations.

Mr Rafferty said the family, including three primary school aged children, was doing well and attended a Welcome to WA on November 22 with other humanitarian clients.

“The family will be participating in a range of programs in the coming months, including the Adult Migrant English Program, in addition to inviting them to participate in festive season celebrations for all clients of the centre to ensure this is an enjoyable and memorable event,” he said.

“The centre will register the children for primary school for the first school term commencing 2016.

“A Case Management Plan for the family is being developed to ensure they receive individualised pathways to ensure a successful settlement based on their needs.

“The family will also be engaged in a variety of social activities over the coming months.”

Mr Rafferty said the family were positive and grateful to arrive in Perth, and expressed considerable thanks for the support they had received since arriving.