A Family Support Specialist regularly visits Alice at home after school.
Alice has shown courage and worked hard to overcome the enormous barriers to her schooling
and now has her sights set on university and a career in nursing.
Othni and Eunice
Like many girls their age Othni and Eunice are happiest when reading, drawing and playing with friends at school. But it wasn’t always this way for the girls.
Having left Sri Lanka in traumatic circumstances, they landed in Australia with mum, dad and baby sister. With little English or understanding of Australian culture, they found life in their new home in Perth hard.
11-year-old Othni and her little sister, seven-year-old Eunice, have both shown courage and resilience in meeting the
challenges of settling in to their new life in Australia.
“At first school was difficult. I didn’t know the language, and…it makes you feel embarrassed,” Othni says.
Unable to work, the young family also faced financial difficulties, struggling to feed the growing girls.
Transforming the lives of young people
Kazim works as a Family Support Specialist with the Home to School program in south-east Perth, and has been assisting Alice, Othni and Eunice and their families. He is clear on how critical the program can be in transforming the lives of young people.
“All children have a right to quality education” he says. “At the end of the day, we're trying to help the child, who is our main focus…to get that quality education that they're entitled to.”
“All children have a right to quality education” - Kazim, Family Support Specialist with Home to School.
Alice agrees, saying the best thing about the program for her is “having an opportunity to study because…we didn't have much education…and I like studying.”
Othni also explains that through the Home to School service, Kazim, “helped in getting new clothes for us for school. He has given us things like food…. and given us the courage to help make our family live happier.”