Guided by Justice and Compassion

  • From back yard chilli crop to market garden

    From back yard chilli crop to market garden

    Three years ago I was introduced to an asylum seeker family with a bubbly 4 year old and a very pregnant mum. A few weeks later twin girls arrived. Sri’s dream was to always have his own market garden. In his suburban block he grew so many chilies he was selling them to local shops.
    This week the first crop, 4,500 zucchini plants, go to market and they will plant a crop of tomatoes in a glass house.Read more

  • Look Mum!  I can swim.

    Look Mum! I can swim.

    Seven weeks ago we started our third term of the asylum seeker swimming program. Each week this very enthusiastic group of youngsters with their mums and dads arrive at the Blacktown Aquatic Centre for their “extended “ swimming lesson.

    These lessons are thanks to BMRSG supporters and the terrific volunteers.Read more

  • BMRSG Works – Life for our asylum seekers is far from easy

    BMRSG Works – Life for our asylum seekers is far from easy

    Life for our asylum seekers is far from easy. It’s a constant battle to fight the maze of Immigration red tape, struggle with what you can and cannot do and keep yourself and families in as good health as possible.
    At our recent AGM a couple (members of BMRSG) offered me the most wonderful opportunity. They offered an asylum seeker family the opportunity to have a beach holiday at their holiday house. As a special bonus one of the conditions was I was to accompany them!Read more

  • BMRSG Works – Refuge for woman and child in need.

    BMRSG Works – Refuge for woman and child in need.

    Before Christmas I requested help for a Punjabi woman and her child who was in a desperate
    situation. Within 10 minutes of making the request I had my first offer of accommodation for her.
    Meg, from Katoomba offered a lovely room for 3 weeks. This wasn’t just accommodation it was the
    hand of friendship, a non-judgemental environment where her confidence could be restored. There
    was love, laughter and tears. The outcome is a friendship forever.
    No words could possibly convey the gratitude that we all owe to Meg.
    The next step of the journey has begun.Read more

  • BMRSG Works – Christmas Present from Blaxland High School Students

    BMRSG Works – Christmas Present from Blaxland High School Students

    The joy of giving and the satisfaction of being involved in a worthwhile project coincided recently.
    Chris Cather and Hugh Clarke, Year 9 students at Blaxland High School, helped prevent a much loved but ageing Nissan Pulsar from going to the wreckers and instead turned it into a treasure for a low income refugee.
    Chris and Hugh together with teacher Shaun Halden, grabbed the opportunity to give the car a new life. This was exactly what Sarah Emerson and her son, Owen, had in mind when they gifted the car to Blaxland High School for use in the Metal and Automotive program for Years 9 and 10Read more

  • BMRSG Works – Even more shoeboxes this year

    BMRSG Works – Even more shoeboxes this year

    In this the 3rd year of the Youth Shoebox Project even more were received. More than 203 were delivered to children and young people seeking refuge and asylum.
    This project is a joint effort with Mountains Youth Services Team (MYST) and Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group (BMRSG) – working together to spread love and support.Read more