Mirrabooka residents Ghion Chlla and Meaza Woldeyes evaded political turmoil in their home country of Ethiopia, fleeing to Egypt where they lived as illegal refugees.
Ms Woldeyes said living in Egypt was risky with the ever-present threat of being reported, so they took the opportunity about three years ago to immigrate to Australia to give their children a better life.
‘Moving to Australia was our dream come true,’ she said.
‘We didn’t know much about Australia at first but we were happy to make a better life here.’
Ms Woldeyes said living in a new country with a different culture, initially without support, was tough.
‘We don’t have a lot of family, we don’t have many friends, so anything we need now, we come to MercyCare Mirrabooka and they help us,’ she said.
The mother-of-three said the organisation helped them transition into Australian life by giving her and her husband the skills needed to rent a house, secure jobs and get their driver’s licences.
Ms Woldeyes said she worked as a carer and her husband as a cleaner, working towards their next dream of owning their own home.
‘This is our country now,’ she said.
‘We sometimes go back home for a vacation but our kids will grow up here.’