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Becca’s journey: Overcoming hardships at Christmas to build a brighter future

A woman sits in the front seat of a car smiling at the camera.

For many, Christmas is a time of joy and togetherness. But for Becca, it comes with a unique set of challenges.

As a single mother, separated from her two children, the festive season is always hard.

It’s been two years since Becca arrived at Mercy Community’s Romero Centre, brought to us by a kind-hearted community member.

She had fled the dangers of her home in Papua New Guinea, leaving her children in the care of their grandparents, in search of a better life.

Having applied for protection in Australia, she was finally safe, but there were still numerous hurdles to overcome.

Although she worked as a midwife in PNG, her qualifications were not recognised here, and she was forced to take a job in a restaurant.

Despite this, Becca forged ahead for the sake of her family – her spirit unbroken.

Fortunately, the Romero Centre was also on hand to provide crucial support – offering guidance through migration advice, securing her safe housing in a women’s shelter, and providing regular food and grocery parcels through the Oscar Romero Pantry.

Recognising her potential as a healthcare professional, we also facilitated a connection with Holy Cross Services – a partnership that opened the doors to new employment.

Becca was able to join the workforce at Holy Cross Laundry – a service which helps those locked out of employment due to disability and difference gain meaningful work.

Grateful for the opportunity, Becca commends HCL for providing her with appropriate payment, new skills, and a broader community support network.

She then saved her salary and enrolled in a Certificate III training course in Aged Care, enabling her to contribute to Australia’s healthcare system.

Her desire to use her nursing skills demonstrates her commitment to personal growth and the need to give back to the community that helped her when she needed it most.

Despite the hardships, Becca’s journey is one of triumph over adversity, made possible through the unwavering support of the Romero Centre and the wider Mercy Community.

But with Christmas just around the corner, her heart yearns for a reunion with her children, never giving up hope that one day they will be together again.

How you can help

Last year alone, more than 16,000 individuals sought safety and security in Australia, with 3,500 finding refuge in Queensland.

The Romero Centre supports around 440 of those seeking asylum but receives no government support and operates solely on donations from the wider community.

To make a difference in the lives of people seeking asylum in Queensland, please consider donating today.

Your donation can help us continue to provide housing, employment services, legal services and emergency relief programs for those in need.

As well as cash donations, other items often needed include pantry items, toiletries, nappies, mobile phones, and go cards for public transport.

To get involved or find out more please visit www.romerocentre.org.au.

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