History of Companion House

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2013/14 Annual Report for Companion House

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Working with school children from refugee backgrounds, 2 pages, no images

Annual Report 2008.pdf
Annual Report

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Gardening Coordinator Hongsar Channaibanya inspects the gourd.

2013 Newsletter.pdf
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2011_June newsletter.pdf
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May Newsletter 08.pdf
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Newsletter with 26 pages and images

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Newsletter Oct 2008.pdf
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November 2009 CH newsletter.pdf
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Newsletter May 2010 final.pdf
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1:- Aiekhine Hongsa, Ash Win, and Wot Chen.
2:-Hongsar Channaibanya and Richard Towie.
3:-Andrew Durante and Stuart Meney.
4:-Hia and Tamia Yi.
5:-Chuong Huynh, Tony Edwards, Andrew Sein, Danny Maroun, and Emily Lambert.
6:-One person, and…

2011 Sept newsletter (standard).pdf
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Companions House is support a Canberra social enterprise.

2007 Sept Newsletter.pdf
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4 Young men Practising soccer, Hong Tlanon, Soekamor Kyipay, Kamal Ahmed, Deng Aleer.

2003 annual report.pdf
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Cherish.Hong Tlanon, Soekamor Kyipay, Kamal Ahmed, Deng Aleer, Prasi Khoe Khoe, Cheam Banyar.

2004 annual report.pdf
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1013. Healing the victims of Burma's brutal regime: A Burmase woman with newborn child
1014. Healing the victims of Burma's brutal regime: Dr Cynthia Maung with a child

2006 annual report.pdf
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Refugees from Myanmar performed traditional dances and songs.

Mustafa Ehsan.

2010-2011 Companion House Annual Report-1.pdf
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Tui Chung performing a traditional dance.

Annual Report 2000 - 2001.pdf
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Burmese Dancers

annual report 2012.pdf
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G-G praises Canberrans at Investiture: Ye Moe, Kathy Ragless and Badeau

annual report 2013 a (1).pdf
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current CH Brochure- Nov 2015.pdf
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Flyer for International Women's Day.pdf
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Soccer poster 19 June 2010 LOCKED.pdf
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CHnewsletterSept 2004-a.pdf
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CH Newsletter Sept 2005.pdf
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The Karen People 2008.pdf
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The Story of the Lost Boys 2007.pdf
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A noble girl honoured.pdf
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2008-9 report.pdf
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Annual Report 2009-2010.pdf
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Trauma and Resettlement for people from Southern Sudan 2008.pdf
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As part of celebrations of Companion House’s 20th anniversary a visual display was created by six children from the Mon, Karen, Irawi, Dinka and Sierra Leone refugee communities. The art piece was a colourful creative exhibit that portrayed the…

Visiting and talking to the refugees in Companion House

Visiting and making food.

February – TRANSACT’s first formal meetings were held to form the organisation.

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4-Tonne Project Fundraiser - Team behind the project

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4th July Tuesday – TRANSACT advertisement in The Canberra Times for their first AGM. A short piece featured in the ‘Fridge Door’ section of ‘A daily guide to life in the national capital’. The article gives a short description of the organisation’s…

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AFL and Companion House Partner Up for Holiday Program

Loka Chanmi is a refugee from Thai-Burma border who was helped by Companion House to set up a Cafe in Woden called Cafe Ink

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UC alumna Diana Abdel-Rahman was the special guest speaker at the University's UN World Refugee Day morning tea.


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15th July Saturday – FIRST AGM HELD: Gloria Oyarzun Story published in Canberra Times. The story ‘Nightmare Memories of Chilean Torture’ written by Amanda Lynch, tells of Gloria Oyarzun’s harrowing ordeal, having suffered torture and rape by the…

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29th October Monday – ‘Lives scarred by the terror of torture’ Megan Bird article published on Chi & Anh’s Vietnamese Communist Regime stories. The horrific account of two Vietnamese woman who witnessed and endured unimaginable torture at the hands…

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24th March Saturday – Grant received! TRANSACT received $20,000 from the ‘ACT Government's community grants scheme’ to train a network of health professionals. Joan Morris’ ‘Grant for Torture Therapy’ article published in Canberra Times, 24th March…

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An Artwork of a green and brown hut.

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2nd October Friday – A short advertisement in The Canberra Times ‘Fridge Door’ information section, advertising Workshops being run by TRANSACT Half Day Workshop on Torture and Rehabilitation at Griffin Centre on Saturday 6th October, 9am -1pm for…

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19th June Wednesday – A small article in The Canberra Times written by Marion Frith, expresses the frustration TRANSACT are experiencing following a break in and all funds (Cash Tin) stolen, whilst they had clients depending on these resources.

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A 19 page illustrated guide is published by TRANSACT. “TRANSACT health kit : a guide for doctors and health professionals in providing treatment to survivors of torture and trauma / Torture Rehabilitation and Network Service ACT”

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Over the course of the year Companion House developed and implemented several successful programs for adults:Men’s social group – 25 men participated in the group that emphasised social activities, mutual support of one another and the development of…

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8th March Sunday – ‘Focus for Community Activities’ article published in The Canberra Times, article refers to TRANSACT being one of the many community based, sole-use tenants of the Griffin Centre. As part of the Griffin Centre write up, the page…

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In 2001 $10, 000 from Triple J ‘Real Appeal’ were given to the Forum of Australian Services for Survivors of Torture and Trauma. Donations were used to organize two very successful bus trips for children and their families with over 100 participants.…

The BRITA Project was designed from an ‘international review of group based activities to promote young people’s life skills’. The project was initially designed in Queensland. From 2003 and 2004 Companion House took charge of implementing the…

Companion House sponsored a harmony day event with the Migrant Resource centre of Canberra and Queanbeyan. The event involved plenty of dancing, poetry readings and singing centres around harmony as a theme, as well as ‘multiculturalism and…

27th August Thursday – TRANSACT Annual General Meeting with guest speaker Roberta McRae. Roberta McRae was a former Australian Politician and the 1990 recipient of the Order of Australia Medal for service to Migrant Assistance. This advertisement is…

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During 2004 Companion House held a number of groups and projects:Men’s groups – In 2004 there were several men’s groups held. One was a psyco-educational group that assisted with depression and related conditions, creating a supportive environment…

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As with all years Companion House offered events specifically designed for children. In 2004 these events included sports, rock climbing and a trip to the South Coast during the summer. They also ran holiday day programs.

19th April Monday – Advertisement in The Canberra Times, seeking participants for a production of ‘Death and the Maiden’ by Ariel Dorfman (Chilean) TRANSACT placed word in the paper asking for those who want to be involved in their planned production…

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High levels of Vitamin D deficiencies had been experienced in the community, to assist with this Companion House decided to develop a program for women. Issues cited by the women were; ‘lack of exposure were a lack of opportunity for sun exposure,…

23rd June Wednesday – Refugee Week lunch with guest speaker Liv Ullmann at National Press Club Barton. Liv Ullmann is a Norwegian actress and Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. TRANSACT gave a presentation at 7:30pm that same day.

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This project was developed to work with the Sudanese and Sierra Leone Communities in order to develop stronger social connections and increase access to African food stuffs. Both women’s and young men’s groups were held over the year where they could…

Companion House hosted a World Refugee Soccer day event with 300 people from refugee and soccer communities across Canberra showing up to participate in the event. One of the goals of the event was to bring the Sudan and Sierra Leone communities…

19th June Saturday – Refugee Week Musical Launch ‘Canberra City Band’ Westfield Belconnen. TRANSACT gave a stage presentation.

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Companion House developed the Refugee Transition Housing Program as part of a ‘tripartite agreement with ACT Housing and CatholicCare to provide transitional housing for six months for refugees and asylum seekers’. The program aimed to relieve the…

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From August to December 2007 the Karen Group Program was run at CIT Reid to increase community bonding and build strength in the Karen community. The project was extremely successful and produced many great results. One Karen woman was able to get a…

25th June Monday – ‘The Link Gallery’ exhibited 44 refugee artworks until 2nd July and an article ‘Refugees’ Memories Revealed in Art’ was published in the Canberra Times on the 27th June, showcasing some of Natalia Silva’s artwork. Emma MacDonald…

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The Mon community was a small and young demographic so this program was started to give them assistance in regard to parenting and cultural transition for all members of family. Mon women experienced difficulties when it came to parenting due to a…

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2008 marked the first year in which the Mon and Karen communities had participating teams in Companion House’s Refugee Soccer Day match, along with the Sierra Leone and Sudan teams. Sierra Leone won the first match against the Sudanese team 6-2, and…

In 2009 ‘Companion House became the first non-government organisation to opt into the ACT Human Rights Act, agreeing voluntarily to be bound by the Act’.Read more about the ACT Human Rights Act here:…

Lack of affordable housing continued to be a problem in Canberra, however with the Refugee Transitional Housing Program helped in alleviating some of the problem in regards to finding housing for refugees.

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