2 results for month: 07/2017


Blacktown filmmaker John K-ay seeks to tell migrant success stories

Article by: Harrison Vesey | BLacktown Sun From a childhood spent in a refugee camp to red carpet premieres, John K-ay’s life is a rags to riches tale to rival any blockbuster. The Blacktown filmmaker, born John Ndaishimiye, is less interested in his own story though than he is in creating new ones. Mr K-ay was just three years old when civil war forced him to flee Burundi for a refugee camp in Tanzania. He spent the next 11 years of his life there before his family successfully applied to resettle in Australia. “In the refugee camp we couldn’t do anything. All we could do was go to school, study and come back home, you ...

MECA brings migrant student mentor program to Chifley College, Mount Druitt

Article by: Isabell Petrinic | Mt Druitt-St Marys Standard Navigating your teenage years can be hard for any student, let alone one carrying the weight of getting to grips with a new country. Mount Druitt Ethnic Communities Agency (MECA) wants to help. It has enlisted mentors to work with 10 students at Chifley College, Mount Druitt, who recently arrived in Australia. Some are trying to overcome traumatic pasts, but their mentors are hoping to help them seize the opportunities their new home offers. Starting this term, mentors will meet with mentees in the school’s library every Friday, MECA community development officer Daniel ...