Zara’s House Refugee Women’s Centre
Zara’s House exists to provide a safe and supportive place, where refugee and Australian women in the Newcastle area can create shared experiences, make friends, and share stories and skills.
Zara's House offer a range of support programs, including language classes, citizenship test preparation, women’s health, child development and family relationships, to empower migrant and refugee women and enable them to better settle into the local community. They are seeking funding to run learning days for the refugee women and children who have been deprived of schooling in childhood learning.
Funds raised: $75,000
Sister Diana was pitching for funding for Zara House's Mother Language Literacy Project. During her pitch at TFN Sydney, Sister Di spoke on the issue that newly arrived migrants and refugee women are illiterate in their own language. Meaning they can't properly learn English until they become literate in their native language.