Recently a group of Courage to Care volunteers and staff attended a special Lunch and Learn event at Afri-Aus Care Inc headquarters in Springvale South. Courage to Care volunteers were able to witness first-hand the power of upstanders in the community and increase their awareness of cultural diversity.
Afri-Aus Care Inc is a not-for-profit community service organisation run by qualified professionals many from migrant backgrounds. The organisation was founded by Selba Gondoza-Luka who experienced hardship after arriving in Australia herself and made it her mission to help others experiencing similar difficulties.
The aim of this event was to bring communities together and to assist volunteers to gain greater insights into the unique experiences of students from the African community. Courage to Care volunteers will now be able to utilise the knowledge gained when delivering Upstander Programs.
All enjoyed lunch prepared by the Mummas who form part of the Empowering African Mothers Group that meet every Thursday. These women who call Melbourne home are from all over Africa. Relaxed conversation was had as well as a tour of the flourishing vegetable garden, which provided all the veggies for the lunch.
The discrimination that African students are experiencing in Victorian schools is proof that Courage to Care’s programs are more relevant and necessary than ever.
CEO Mike Zervos said, “Spending time together reinforces how important it is to learn from each other and what better way to do this than over a delicious African lunch.”