Monthly Archives: March 2013

Comedy for the Cause

Comedian Matthew Grantham has kindly offered up one of his shows at the 2013 Melbourne International Comedy Festival to Aware to raise money.

Matt Grantham

Tickets $15, available here.

Fad Gallery, 14 Corrs Lane, Melbourne
7.20pm, Tuesday April 9th

*Please print ticket and present at the door.

– All proceeds go towards our projects in Australia and overseas.

comedy fest

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Could you be our design volunteer?

Exciting news.… we are upgrading our style with a new look website and marketing material.

Even more exiting… you could help us do it!

If you are a designer (or know someone who is) with an interest in volunteering for a good cause –  your work could have a real impact on what we do.

If you would like to know more about the project please contact

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Creative Sparks Round Two

In August and September, 2012, Aware worked in partnership with the New Hope Foundation to deliver Creative Sparks, an art project with children from refugee backgrounds aged 5 – 10 years. This March we will be conducting a 5 week project focusing on participants aged 12-15, with the aim of increasing access to expressive outlets and building self-esteem. We wanted to share with you some comments about our Karen participants written by our friends at New Hope Foundation. 

Project participants are from the Karen community. The Karen people are from the Karen State in Southern Burma, yet some of the participants in the program were born in refugee camps on the Thai Burma border or even in Australia. Karen people have been fleeing Burma since the mid 1980s due to Burmese military oppression and killings of the Karen people. Consequently an estimated one million people from different ethnic groups in Burma have been forced to flee to neighbouring countries, and an estimated 600,000 people have been internally displaced.

The Karen people have predominantly settled in Australia through the Australian Governments humanitarian settlement program. A growing population of the Karen community live in the Western suburbs of Melbourne. The New Hope Foundation provides settlement support to newly arrived refugees and migrants during their first five years in Australia.

The Karen people are warm and humble. They are proactive and open and a joy to work with.

busy setting up                                                                           Creative Sparks Round One: 2012

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