We are want the best for our children. We want them to hit the ground running and develop key skills along the way, such as being able to read, write and count.
For pre-school children, developing these early literacy skills is so important and plays a huge role to ease the transition into school. Yet many mothers from migrant and refugee backgrounds find it difficult to help their children develop these skills as they struggle to find any young children’s literature in a language other than English.
“Thank you for the children’s books and all the encouragement to see my daughter develop a love and habit for reading.”
– Marlen, participant, Dandenong
Let’s Read Mother & Daughter is a bilingual literacy project that provides new mothers from migrant and refugee backgrounds with baby books and literacy resources in both their mother tongue and English. The program will effectively mentor mothers in guiding the literacy, play and language development of their babies, whilst improving the English skills of the mother.
Helping young newly arrived young women at Bendigo Kangan Institute.
Assisting women living with a chronic illness to build their confidence in seeking employment.
Helping families struggling with financial hardship, mental health problems, drug or alcohol abuse, social isolation or special needs.
A volunteer and training program for women in prisons.
So that in this lifetime we can be: