Nasc – Migrant and Refugee Rights Centre has launched a public information service for migrants. Its called the Covid19 World Service.
Over 20 doctors have recorded scripted Public Health videos in over 30 different languages about Covid19.
We have information videos in Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, English, Hindi, Kurdish, Macedonian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Spanish, Urdu and Yoruba.
They will be available on nascireland.org. Please share them with residents, staff and volunteers via WhatsApp and social media.
They will be a valuable resource for GPs and others also.
Gerry Callaghan is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 611 581 895
- Reduce physical contact with residents to an absolute minimum to reduce the risk of contagion
- Maintain a trusted communications channel to counter the feeling of isolation and the spread of wild rumours.
- All volunteers are strongly advised to take precautions given on the Health Service Executive Coronavirus page https://www2.hse.ie/
- Suspend Parent and Toddler, Children’s book club, Kingfisher Arts Club, English language classes, Computer classes, Arabic Language and Culture classes, and Drop-in centres. This suspension will be reviewed on 29th March.
David and Fortunate facing deportation!
AIT Students and community volunteers facing deportation after four years in Direct Provision
David and Fortunate Nesengani faced persecution in South Africa because of Fortunate’s Zimbabwean nationality, and moved around trying to escape it, experiencing violence in Capetown, and eventually making their way to Ireland in 2016 to claim asylum. Due to a combination of communication difficulties and difficulties in recounting traumatic events of many years ago, they were given deportation orders and are set to be deported on the 19th March 2020.
David is a 2nd Year Social Care student on work placement in Gateway Athlone, and volunteers with New Horizon in the Community Garden in Lissywollen, and has volunteered in Care Homes in the past. His wife is an active community volunteer in her churches Sunday School, the Direct Provision Centre Homework Club, and several Athlone Care Homes. She is studying on the Access Course with a view to getting into a degree course next year like her husband. They both are keen to be eventually granted the right to work and earn a living for themselves, and to get out of Direct Provision. They are valuable members of the community and have displayed resilience, initiative and drive. Fortunate was visited in her caravan Lissywollen Direct Provision Centre by the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan in January in recognition for her work in assisting a fellow Direct Provision resident when he was dying, and informing his family, arranging his funeral, arranging places for his family to stay for the funeral, and ensuring he got a dignified send off.
Ironically the Ministers visit happened around the time that her deportation order was being signed off by Civil Servants, though it was not communicated to them until much later.
The Minister for Justice has the power to grant them leave to remain on humanitarian grounds. We implore him to do so, so that the valuable contributions they continue to make to the community in Athlone are not lost.
Amnesty International have produced an online course Human Rights: The Rights of Refugees
It’s a very useful course for volunteers and refugees, taking 3-5 hours per week for three weeks.
About this course
Across the world, barriers are growing. Every day people fleeing war and persecution find the door slammed in their face.
Refugees have human rights. What are these rights? Who is responsible for upholding and protecting them? How can we hold them to account?
What you’ll learn:
- How to explain and defend the human rights of refugees
- The role of governments in preventing human rights violations against refugees
- How to challenge misconceptions, prejudices and discriminatory attitudes and behaviours towards refugees and asylum seekers
- How to take action to protect the rights of people in need of international protection
Don’t forget the New Horizon group meeting on Thursday 13th.
AIT Room B54
Tea and coffee available at 6pm, meeting starts at 6:30