At present we are providing sewing and handcraft classes at Zara’s House from 10.00am to 12.00pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Each day twelve or more women are enrolled with two sewing and craft teachers and an English tutor. The children are cared for at the Jesmond Neighbourhood Centre by three women with child care qualifications. They use toys and educational material donated to Zara’s House. At other times the women can drop into the Centre and do their own activities while the little ones play in our small play area.
To meet the emerging need for women to become competent with computers, Refugees and Partners has worked with Hunter TAFE, Northern Settlement Services and Upbility Links to set up a bank of 10 computers connected to the internet and organise Computer Classes for women at Zara’s House on Monday from 1.00 till 3.00pm, Thursdays and Fridays 10.00 to 12.00pm.
A Computer Class for Syrian men organised by STARTTS is offered on Thursday from 1.00 to 3.00pm.
The significant costs of the program are supported by a
Multicultural NSW “Unity Grant.
We also have received significant donations of ribbons, cottons and sewing materials from the local community. We appreciate the items greatly.