At ChangeMakers we believe that within all young people lies strength and the will to make a difference. The ChangeMakers Youth Camp seeks to build upon these inherent qualities. Through facilitating an environment of friendship and creativity, the camp will allow young people of refugee background from the different Wellington communities to come together and share common ideas and interests.
The 2016 ChangeMakers Youth Camp will be held on the 7th-9th October at El Rancho on the Kapiti Coast. Sessions will be facilitated by Mixit and ChangeMakers Refugee Forum.
Margaret John is a boardmember of the ChangeMakers Refugee Forum
Margaret John fled South Sudan in 1999 when violence from the Second Sudanese Civil War reached her town, Torit. She hid for almost a month in the jungle with her children before later coming to New Zealand as a refugee. She tells us the amazing story of her family’s survival and how she confronts racism in her new country.
Refugees who have been living in New Zealand for years are struggling to send money back to their families, after banks cut ties with some money transfer operators. The Refugee Council says the law on money transfers is too sweeping and some refugees' families in their home countries are suffering as a result.