Sounds of support

Two Wells Church hosts Refugee Week function

A former refugee and a much-acclaimed gospel choir will spread the word of refugees in Australia at the Two Wells Uniting Church hall in support of Refugee Week this month.

The event, from 7pm on June 20, will feature the Burundi Choir, as well as guest speaker and former refugee, Muhama Yotham.

The choir, who are part of the Amazing Grace Gospel Church, Salisbury, will perform a number of engaging songs, while Muhama will give an insight into his journey, like that of many other refugees, from Africa to Australia seven years ago.

Muhama completed a Bachelor of Administrative Management at the University of South Australia while working as a settlement worker with the African Communities Council of SA and from 2009 to 2011, worked as an employment consultant for two companies.

He is now working as a Community Development Worker with Uniting Communities in Adelaide’s northern suburbs.

In 2009, Muhama was elected President of the Association of the Burundian Community in South Australia (ABCSA) and negotiated $200,000 in SGP funding over two years from the Rudd goverment’s  Department of Immigration and Citizenship for a project which linked his community with the Vietnamese community through a mentoring program.

In 2010, Muhama was elected to the board of the then Secretary of African Communities Council of SA, a peak African body in South Australia and from 2011 to 2014, was also a board member of the Refugee Council of Australia, a national umbrella body for refugees and support groups.

Blessing Gospel Choir 1

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