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As we approach Refugee Week (16-22 June), we are reminded of the incredible resilience of those who have fled conflict and persecution. Amina, a Rohingya refugee, shares her harrowing journey: “We walked for days through the jungle, with little food or water. But the thought of giving my children a safe future kept me going.” Her story, like countless others, is a testament to the unbreakable human spirit.

Ahmed, a Syrian refugee, found solace in Australia after years of turmoil. “When we arrived, we were embraced by a community that understood our struggles. For the first time in years, we felt a sense of belonging.” His words echo the transformative power of compassion and inclusivity.

At House to Grow we celebre it with our upcoming Hidden Stories: Faces of Our Community photography exhibition offers a powerful platform to amplify these voices, shedding light on the journeys of migrants and refugees who have found a new home in Australia because the history of humanity is the history of migration.

Photo of Jeanette Atherton. Footprints of Hope: Migrant and Refugee Odysseys | House to Grow

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Overcoming Adversity

For many, the decision to leave behind the familiarity of their homeland is not an easy one. It is often driven by a quest for safety, opportunity, or a better life. Lhena, an Afghan single mother with a 2-year-old child, shares her story of resilience. “I made the decision to migrate to Australia in July of 2018…I realized I could give my son a much better life here than back home.” Her journey, though filled with challenges, has been a testament to the human spirit’s ability to adapt and thrive in new environments.

Preserving Cultural Identity

Amidst the process of adapting to a new culture, migrants and refugees often carry with them precious reminders of their roots. For Lhena, it was the letters and drawings from her family that served as a tangible connection to her heritage. These cherished objects not only provided comfort but also served as a reminder of the rich cultural diversity that migrants and refugees bring to their new communities.

Building Connections

While the transition to a new country can be daunting, the warmth and support of local communities can make a significant difference. Lhena recalls feeling welcomed by the inclusive and multicultural nature of Australian society, which facilitated the formation of meaningful connections. However, the journey is not without its challenges, as she has faced instances of discrimination and racism, impacting her personal and professional life.

A Call for Understanding

Hidden Stories: Faces of Our Community, a powerful photography exhibition taking place in October in the City of Sydney, aims to foster empathy and understanding by amplifying the voices of migrants and refugees. Through captivating visuals and poignant narratives, the exhibition invites viewers on an immersive journey, stepping into the shoes of those who have undertaken extraordinary odysseys, confronting adversity with unwavering resilience and determination.

This exhibition serves as a profound reminder of the resilience and cultural richness that migrants and refugees bring to our communities. It is an opportunity to gain a deeper appreciation for the challenges they have faced, the sacrifices they have made, and the remarkable strength they have demonstrated in pursuit of a better life.

Footprints of Hope: Migrant and Refugee Odysseys | House to Grow

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What Can I do?

If you have an inspirational story as a migrant or refugee, you can express your interest in participating in the Hidden Stories: Faces of Our Community photography exhibition. This powerful event aims to amplify personal narratives that showcase resilience, cultural pride, and the journey of finding a new home. Just email our team at info@housetogrow.org

You can register to participate in the exhibition and enjoy the multicultural dance and food experiences. While the primary focus is showcasing migrant and refugee stories through photography and narratives, the exhibition also promises to celebrate cultural diversity through performances and food. Register your attendance at here.

Footprints of Hope: Migrant and Refugee Odysseys | House to Grow