Home, by Warsan Shire

Warsan Shire is a Kenyan-born Somali poet, writer and educator based in London.

Full poem and visual presentation by the author here.

no one leaves home unless
home is the mouth of a shark
you only run for the border
when you see the whole city running as well

your neighbors running faster than you
breath bloody in their throats
the boy you went to school with
who kissed you dizzy behind the old tin factory
is holding a gun bigger than his body
you only leave home
when home won’t let you stay.

no one leaves home unless home chases you
fire under feet
hot blood in your belly
it’s not something you ever thought of doing
until the blade burnt threats into
your neck
and even then you carried the anthem under
your breath
only tearing up your passport in an airport toilets
sobbing as each mouthful of paper
made it clear that you wouldn’t be going back.

you have to understand,
that no one puts their children in a boat
unless the water is safer than the land
no one burns their palms
under trains
beneath carriages
no one spends days and nights in the stomach of a truck
feeding on newspaper unless the miles travelled
means something more than journey.
no one crawls under fences
no one wants to be beaten
pitied     … 


Gaisce awards Mosney DP Centre

President Michael D. Higgins presenting Bronze Gaisce awards to young people at the Mosney Direct Provision site.

Gaisce – The President’s Award is a self-development programme that encourages you to find your passion, get active and make a difference in your community! Gaisce is a direct challenge from the President of Ireland to young people aged 15-25 to dream big and realise their potential

There are challenges in four main areas, Community involvement, Developing a new skill, Physical recreation and an Adventure journey.

How about having an awards ceremony in Lissywollen next year?

Photos from the Christmas Party!

Theresa making pretty ribbon bows before the kids arrive!

Big thanks to AIT staff, AIT chaplaincy service, International students society, music students, New Horizon volunteers, parents and especially the children who attended.

Lots and lots of photos from the Christmas party here.  Special thanks to our wonderful photographer Rachel.


For our Volunteers

For all our volunteers, true ambassadors of the Republic of Conscience.


I came back from that frugal republic
with my two arms the one length, the customs
woman having insisted my allowance was myself.

The old man rose and gazed into my face
and said that was official recognition
that I was now a dual citizen.

He therefore desired me when I got home
to consider myself a representative
and to speak on their behalf in my own tongue.

Their embassies, he said, were everywhere
but operated independently
and no ambassador would ever be relieved.

“From the Republic of Conscience,” from Opened Ground: Selected Poems 1966-1996 by Seamus Heaney. Copyright © 1998 by Seamus Heaney.

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New Year Greeting from Heidar


Happy New Year

New Year’s greetings from New Horizon chairman Heidar Al-Hashimi

الاخوة والاخوات الاعزاء

نحن في  منظمة الافق الجديد -New Horizon نعمل ونبذل مافي وسعنا لغرض التخفيف من معاناتكم .  في العام ٢٠١٧ والاعوام السابقة كانت من ضمن خدماتنا المقدمة لكم :
الارشاد والتوجيه ،
المساهمة في بث روح المرح لدى الاطفال والاسر وجميع طالبي اللجوء .
رفع المستوى المعرفي والدراسي  للمبتدئين  والمتقدمين .
ونرغب كذلك في تقديم المزيد من خلال عملنا مع كادر المتطوعين في المنظمة للعام الجديد ٢٠١٨.
ومن يرغب في التطوع والعمل معنا فاهلا وسهلا به.
نهديكم اطيب الامنيات  بتحقيق الاماني والتوفيقات  بمناسبة العام الجديد. كل عام وانتم بالف خير- سنة سعيدة ٢٠١٨ .
حيدر الهاشمي
رئيس منظمة الافق الجديد
     Dear Friends, Brothers and Sisters

We at New Horizons Org. work and do our best to support you.  In the year 2017 and before, we are working on providing you with our services:
– Guidance and consultant ,
– Contribute to spreading fun for children, families and all asylum seekers.
– Raising the cognitive and academic achievements on beginners and advanced levels.
 In the new year 2018, We are looking forward to do more in cooperation with our volunteers and staff.
Finally,  accept the best wishes to you and hope you achieving what you are looking for  by this occasion.
 Every year and you are fine – Happy New Year 2018

Note: Those who wish to volunteer and work with us are very welcome.

Heidar Al-Hashimi
Chairman of New Horizon

Online Learning Program

Dear Friends,

At the start of the online learning project in September we found that there were two issues preventing people from starting them:

  • People were reluctant to commit to a major learning task without a guarantee that the learning would be certified.
  • People, particularly women with young children, were unable to get away for a full or half-day to walk down to AIT to get computer access.

After a lot of work we think we have resolved both issues:

  • We have secured funding from the St. Stephen’s Green Trust for certification of the online learning courses. This will mean that we can:
    • Purchase certified MOOC courses for participants.
    • Pay course fees for adults who wish to do junior certificate examinations in English, Mathematics and Information Technology
    • Hold information seminars, workshops and motivational events as necessary.
  • We have a commitment from RIA to set up a computer lab with internet access in the education room. Hopefully this will be done before 31st  December
  • Existing and retired lecturers in AIT have volunteered to act as advisers to online learning students.

We now want to relaunch the program. All the administration and setup will be done in the next two weeks. We plan to start running English, Mathematics and Information Technology programs in early January 2018. A further letter with course details, start dates, locations and advisor contact information will be issued in early January.

This program is unique in Ireland and we would strongly encourage people to get involved in it.

Season’s greetings from Theresa, Gerry and all at New Horizon

Don’t forget the Children’s Christmas Party

Athlone Institute of Technology Multi-Purpose Hall (MPH)

Saturday 9th

Santa, face painting gifts and disco!

Bus leaving site at 2pm, returning about 5pm.
Party starts about 3pm.

We are looking for entertainers of all sorts, facepainters and jugglers, musicians and dancers and storytellers. If anyone would like to come down on Saturday morning to help us decorate the hall that would be great too.

All welcome!

College of Sanctuary Award

President of AIT, Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin on receipt of the award said, “Today is a proud day for AIT as it becomes the first Institute of technology in Ireland to be awarded ‘College of Sanctuary Status’ in recognition of its efforts to foster an environment of inclusion and social integration.

It is a great honour for the Institute to receive this award and it is a fitting tribute to the collaboration between AIT staff and students, residents of the local direct provision centre, the New Horizon volunteer group and Westmeath Community Development. This collaboration has helped to foster a spirit of inclusion and hospitality to asylum seekers and refugees living in the Midlands.

We recognise that receiving this award today is not an end point, and AIT is committed to continuing on this journey, in cooperation with New Horizon, with our ultimate aim being the creation of a truly inclusive environment for asylum seekers and refugees in the Midlands.”