HOST International’s ‘Project Humanity’ asylum seeker support programme was generously supported by Soroptimist International of Hornsby with vouchers for school supplies, library bags and a $1000 student scholarship.

Soroptimist International (SI) is a worldwide volunteer service organisation of women who work for peace, and in particular to improve the lives of women and girls, which is reflected in the organisation’s name meaning “best for women” – a combination of the Latin words soror ‘sister’ and optima ‘best’.

At the end of each year since 2015, Hornsby members of Soroptimist International have gathered at Auburn Park in Western Sydney to share a morning of conversation, friendship and food with local families who are seeking asylum and provide generous support for their children’s education. The families seeking asylum come from countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Helia, the recipient of the $1000 scholarship is entering year 11 and her goal is to study medicine at university. “I can’t wait to graduate and be able to give back to others,” she said. “Your support motivates me to work harder and to achieve better things. I cannot thank you enough.”

“The aim of our organisation is to educate, empower and enable and it’s our great pleasure and honour to support the students,” said Anne Sheehan, Programme Co-ordinator for Soroptiomist International of Hornsby. “We know how hard these families living in the community are working with limited resources to provide for their children’s education,” said Ms Sheehan.

“It was a great afternoon of sharing, generosity and community connection,” said Nasiba Akram, Community Engagement Lead for Project Humanity.

HOST International and Project Humanity are grateful for Soroptimist International Hornsby’s generous support and welcoming community spirit.