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Raising awareness about the plights of refugees

One of the ways that the Ecosynergy Group supports the Refugee Orientation Centre Trust (ROC Trust) is by producing an impact story to help with the Toyota 2013 New Zealand fundraising and competition. The story of Neema is available on our YouTube channel

Neema is the solo mum of 4 kids. Fleeing the Democratic Republic of Congo amidst the ethnic wars, dangers and famine was only the first step of a long journey. In a neighboring UN refugee camp, food was scarce and water unsafe. So Neema spent a large part of these 3 years walking to and from the hospital carrying her children - made sick from food and water - which we take for granted in New Zealand. When finally told she was accepted into New Zealand, Neema was overjoyed - she would finally be able to provide to her children a future to look forward to.In New Zealand she found shelter, food and safety. Then she started setting her family up in their new life; but encountered an obstacle of a new kind - transportation. Hear her story and how the Refugee Orientation Centre was able to make a significant contribution to help her overcome an obstacle which we may take for granted...

... sadly, we did not win a car with the Facebook competition. We we up against national Goliath organisations who mobilised countrywide to vote... 

However, the Refugee Orientation Centre has posted this clip on their homepage, thus informing its stakeholders of the impact they are making in the community - their driving classes give refugees the freedom of movement essential to adapt and thrive in their host communities! See www.roctrust.org.nz to go to their website and see the screenshot below:

A methodological note: The Refugee Orientation Centre has many stories to tell about the impact they are making in the community. In order to make a choice about which story to tell, we followed a process developed by OXFAM and the World Bank called MSC: Most Significant Stories. More about this methodology.