HARDA

Horn of Africa Relief & Development Agency

Executive Committee

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Sajjad Versi, BSc Eng, C Eng, MIET

President

Sajjad Versi (BSc Eng, C Eng, MIET) was born and grew up in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and has been elected the President of HARDA on resignation of Dr Mohamud Sheikh. He migrated to Australia in 1983. He is a professional Electrical Engineer and Project Management consultant with long experience nationally and internationally. Socially, he was a member of Round Table (Dar es Salaam), Lions Club (Five Dock), Apex (St George). He was involved with Children’s workplace charity and other social programs in Australia. He has also previously worked with HARDA in the role of the Executive Director.

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Dr Degeufe Hailu, B.Dent.

Vice President

After completion of his secondary schooling, Dr Hailu was awarded a scholarship by the  Greek Government and graduated in dentistry from the University of Salonika. He practised as a dentist for a short time in Greece then, unable to return safely to war torn Ethiopia, he migrated to Australia where he was a founding member of the Ethiopian Community Association in New South Wales. Unable to fund the very expensive re-training required to qualify for dental registration in Australia, he now works as a multi-lingual interpreter.

Linda Ning M.Comm

Treasurer

Linda has a Masters Degree in Commerce from the University of Sydney, is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA). She works as a Finance Officer at the Sydney Local Health District. She also manages the accounts of an affiliated Research organisation and NGO payments.
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Michael Muhlbauer

Secretary

Michael is a Franco Australian who has worked for many years for large organisations in both the commercial and Government sectors. Prior to retirement he acted as a Project Leader for a number of large financial and risk management projects.
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Mohammed Omar, B.A., M.Ed

Executive Member

Mohammed came to Australia from Somalia as an eight year old child. Now at the age of thirty he has a BA and a Master’s Degree in Education and is a high school teacher with the NSW Department of Education. He was the Cultural & Anti-Racism Officer with the University of Western Sydney Students’ Association (2005-2006).

Mohammed started HARDA’s youth arm, Horn of Africa Youth Agency of Australia and was its inaurgural  Chairman. Mohammed was also president of HARDA in 2012.

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Abrar Ahmad

Executive Member

Abrar Ahmad is a youth worker at a crisis accommodation center. He has a bachelor of Social Science from the University of Western Sydney.
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Anna Dimo

Executive Member

Anna Dimo was born in Wau, South Sudan in 1964 and graduated as teacher in 1983. Anna married in 1985 and was forced to move to Khartoum because of the war. While in Khartoum, Anna was the Principal of a school for refugees. When the situation became unsafe in Khartoum, Anna escaped to Alexandria, Egypt, where she was a refugee for ten years. In Egypt, Anna volunteered at the Catholic Church as the sacramental coordinator for refugees. After much hardship and suffering, Anna applied to UNHCR for refugee status. In 2000, Anna arrived in Sydney with eight children, five of her own, in the same year she was the leader of the Aweil community for 5 years and leader of the women’s sector for 4 years. 2003 – 2009 saw Anna employed in Catholic schools as a Teacher Aide supporting Sudanese children as they settled into school. Since 2009, Anna has been the Manager of the St. Bakhita Centre.
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Carmel Clarke

Assoc Executive Member

Carmel is a key member of the Secretariat (Community Relations) and HARDA’s longest serving volunteer. She has extensive social welfare and community service experience. She is also the Personal Assistant on a volunteer basis to Phil Glendinning, Director of the Edmund Rice Centre & President of the Refugee Council of Australia.
 Cindy Larson

Cindy Larson B.A.Hons

Assoc Executive Member

Cindy worked in the finance industry, most recently in Marketing and as a Futures Trader at Brandywine Asset Management in the US and prior to that on the Futures desk and in the Economics Division of Macquarie Bank in Sydney. Cindy has been an active volunteer for many years and has served as: Union County Chairperson for the Fresh Air Fund (NYC, USA); Friend of NJ SEEDS (NJ, USA); Volunteer Coordinator for Worldwide Orphans Foundation (NJ/NYC); as well as class parent and year coordinator at her children’s schools. She is currently a volunteer at the St Bakhita Centre as well as HARDA.
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Dr Mohamud Sheikh MIPH MHSc PhD

Immediate Past President / Overseas Consultant

Dr Mohamud Sheikh is a Senior Lecturer in International Health, Tropical and Infectious diseases at SPHCM, UNSW. He graduated from the University of Sydney with double Master in Health Sciences and International Public health and a doctorate in public health.

Dr Sheikh has established himself as a leader in research and intervention to improve the health of immigrants and refugees. His research focuses on immigrants and refugees health within CRE specific projects and has extensive links and networks with key refugee and migrant groups in Australia. His other research interest include, infectious diseases research (such as TB, Malaria, Vaccine Preventable diseases among other), International Health Development, Infectious Diseases Outbreak Investigation and Humanitarian Emergencies, Public Health Anthropology, Human Rights and Public Health, Tropical Diseases Surveillance and Control among other. He has had several peer reviewed publications and also reviews for several international health journals.

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Dr John Cornwall, B.VSc.

Consultant to board (CEO Emeritus)

Dr Cornwall was in private veterinary practice in Mt Gambier and Adelaide until 1975 when  he was elected to the South Australian Parliament. He was the South Australian Minister of Health from 1982 to 1988, CEO of the Australian Veterinary Association 1989-1992, Director of the Australian Youth Foundation 1992-1995 and Managing Consultant of Delta Society Australia from 1996. He retired in 2007 and joined HARDA as a volunteer.

Ahmed Mohamed

Ahmed Mohamed, MBA

Executive Director

Having migrated to Australia in the late 1980s, Ahmed Mohamed migrated to Australia in the late 1980s, he comes with a wealth of experience and skills that he accumulated over the many years (nearly 30 years) of humanitarian work and community service especially for the African communities in Australia and overseas(in fact currently across all states). He selflessly volunteers for various organisations especially Australian Somali Community Association based in Auburn. He has an MBA and is currently a consultant on government financial regulations – HAWALA. He has also in the past worked for multinational organisations such as the United nations and various other agencies.

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The Africa Youth Agency of Australia (AYAA) is a standing committee of HARDA and represents and works with young Africans living in the Sydney basin. AYAA work with youth and young people from African countries to promote and facilitate their full participation in Australian life while retaining their cultural heritage

During 2009 the challenges, problems and opportunities for youth and young people from the Horn of Africa countries were identified as priority issues for HARDA. Accordingly, the Executive Committee resolved to establish a standing committee on youth affair

Purpose of AYAA is envisioned to be:

  • To act as an advisory resource for the Executive Committee of HARDA
  • To input into the strategic direction of HARDA
  • To identify the programs and areas that they believe most beneficial for the African youth in NSW and that will contribute most to furthering HARDAs goals
  • To drive Youth programs for young refugees in Australia & in African countries

AYAA Executive Committee 2017

Murray Jo Kamara – President
Fitsum Mola – Vice President
Abrar Ahmad – Secretary
Declan Molloy- Treasurer

James Karuku – Internationl Projects Officer

AYAA’s core mission is to improve the lives of young Africans in Australia. We run events and coordinate with other community groups . Get involved today! https://www.facebook.com/African.Youth.Agency.Au/

 

Executive Committee

Sajjad Versi

President

Sajjad Versi is a professional Electrical Engineer and Project Management consultant with long experience nationally and internationally.

Dr. Degeufe Hailu

Vice President

Dr. Degeufe Hailu was a founding member of the Ethiopian Community Association in New South Wales. He now works as a multi-lingual interpreter.

Linda Ning

Treasurer

Linda Ning has a Masters Degree in Commerce from the University of Sydney, Working as a Finance Officer at the Sydney Local Health District, Linda is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA)  

Michael Muhlbauer

Secretary

Michael is a Franco Australian who has worked for many years for large organisations in both the commercial and Government sectors.

Mohammed Omar

Executive Member

Mohammed Omar was the Cultural & Anti-Racism Officer with the University of Western Sydney Students’ Association. He was president of HARDA in 2012.

Abrar Ahmad

Executive Member

Abrar Ahmad is a youth worker at a crisis accommodation center. He has a bachelor of Social Science from the University of Western Sydney.

Anna Dimo

Executive Member

Anna Dimo was born in Wau, South Sudan. She was the leader of the Aweil community for 5 years and leader of the women’s sector for 4 years. Since 2009, Anna has been the Manager of the St. Bakhita Centre. 

Carmel Clarke

Assoc. Executive Member

Carmel is a key member of the Secretariat (Community Relations) and HARDA’s longest serving volunteer. She has extensive social welfare and community service experience. 

Cindy Larson

Assoc. Executive Member

Cindy worked in the finance industry. She has been an active volunteer with Fresh Air Fund (NYC, USA), NJ SEEDS (NJ, USA), Worldwide Orphans Foundation (NJ/NYC). She is currently a volunteer at the St Bakhita Centre as well as HARDA.

Dr. Mohamud Sheikh

Immediate Past President / Overseas Consultant

Dr. Mohamud is a Senior Lecturer in International Health, Tropical and Infectious diseases at SPHCM, UNSW. He graduated from the University of Sydney with double Master in Health Sciences and International Public health and a doctorate in public health.

Dr John Cornwall

Consultant to board (CEO Emeritus)

Dr Cornwall was the South Australian Minister of Health. He was in private veterinary practice in Mt Gambier and Adelaide. He retired in 2007 and joined HARDA as a volunteer.

Ahmed Mohamed

Executive Director

Ahmed Mohamed has nearly 30 years of experience in humanitarian work and community service especially for the African communities in Australia and overseas. He has an MBA and is currently a consultant on government financial regulations – HAWALA.

2016 African and CALD Youth Mentoring Project

Photos by Mohammed Omar (HARDA Executive Member)

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Garissa Primary School for Children with Disability

HARDA’s Overseas Project

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Malik Somalia

Photos by Michael Power

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New Land, New Life

Stills from ‘New Land, New Life’ video by Michael Power

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Eye Clinic Habaswein May 2012

Photos by Georgina Clarke

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HARDA is currently administered and managed entirely by a volunteer workforce. If you are interested in joining our volunteer workforce please submit online or drop us an email at harda@harda.org.au.

Volunteers with experience and expertise are wanted for the following positions (see details below):

Overseas Projects

Below is the list of overseas projects.

Maternity Clinic Construction Compeleted

HARDA has recently built a maternity clinic in North Eastern Kenya in partnership with the Waso Resource Development Agency (WARDA). The maternity clinic will enable mothers in the rural villages to have access to a maternity health service and it will also provide primary health care in the isolated regions of ...
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Construction of Maternity Clinic in Kenya

We are pleased to announce that we have recently received funding for the building of a Maternity Clinic in North Eastern Kenya. Construction will soon begin on a 2-room birthing and maternity unit in the isolated Diif Division of Wajir County, Kenya. Once built, the aim is for the maternity ...
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Kenyan Cataract Project 2012

Last year a very successful Eye Clinic project was launched in Habaswein in the northern region of Kenya. This was made possible through HARDA who obtained a generous grant from Muslim Aid Australia and the combined efforts of Dr Mohamud Sheikh, Patron of WARDA (the Waso Resource and Development Agency) a local community ...
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Famine Relief

Help urgently needed Source: This video was compiled by HARDA - our thanks to Islamic Relief for the famine footage The United Nations declared a famine in parts of Somalia. Famine is declared when a number of preconditions are met. These include when hunger rates among children rise above thirty ...
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Kenyan Cataract Project 2011

With portable surgical microscopes and operating for up to thirteen hours a day for over a two day period, ophthalmologists from Doctors for Hope restored the sight of almost 200 men and women, most of whom had been blind for years and who had travelled hundreds of kilometres to attend ...
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Local Projects

Below is the list of Local Projects.

Swim Survive and Socialise 2017

HARDA has just completed another successful year of the Swim, Survive and Socialize Program. This project has been going for the past 5 years and this year we had approximately 70 African-Australian children participate in the two week intensive swimming and safety program. HARDA would like to thank everyone who ...
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New Land, New Life – Educational Resource

The Horn of Africa Relief and Development Agency (HARDA) has released an Education Resource to supplement its short 25-minute film, New Land, New Life. This documentary is a valuable resource for Australian students. It  tells the inspiring stories of five refugees from the Horn of Africa, all who have undergone great ...
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Dooleys Grant Ceremony

Grant Success for Swim, Survive and Socialise

We are thrilled to announce that HARDA was once again the successful recipient of a ClubGRANT for our FIFTH annual Swim, Survive and Socialise Program. Here's a photo of HARDA volunteer, Cindy Larson, receiving the grant documentation from Dooleys Chairman John Munce during the recent grant ceremony at Dooleys. Another ...
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HARDA Job Search Post Training Activity

Harda’s Job Search Program

HARDA in partnership with Liverpool Migrant Resource Centre and trainer Mohammed Sabsabi (DDM3 Consulting), have just completed the first phase of a pilot Job Training Program: 10 training sessions to assist people from a Horn of African background 20yrs and over to obtain the knowledge and skills to assist them to seek ...
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Mental Health Project

Melinda Woodhouse, one of our HARDA volunteers, conducted a study on Mental Health on behalf of HARDA. The study ‘Healthy Minds: Perceptions of Mental Health and Wellbeing Among South Sudanese Australians’ was initiated by concerns of members of the South Sudanese community with increasing numbers of suicides. The study explores ...
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Current Events

The Horn of Africa Relief and Development Agency of Australia promotes active involvement by both the African Australian and mainstream communities. HARDA invites you to attend these events and support our aims and objectives – to support the successful settlement of African refugees in Australia and promote active Australian support for relief and development projects in the Horn of Africa countries.

We provide various events throughout the year to benefit the community and encourage you to come along.

Past Events

On this page you can see past events and activities of HARDA.:

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Volunteers

We acknowledge the time and effort contributed by our volunteers. Below are the people who have been contributing generously to succeed our programs.

  • Sajjad Versi who was born and grew up in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, took over the role of Chief Operating Officer (previously known as the Executive Officer) on John’s retirement. He migrated to Australia in 1983. He is a professional Electrical Engineer and Project Management consultant with forty years’ experience nationally and internationally. Socially, he was a member of Round Table (Dar es Salaam), Lions Club (Five Dock), and Apex (St George). He was involved with Children’s workplace charity and other social programs in Australia.
  • Michael Muhlbauer is now in his fourth year as HARDA’s Secretary.
  • Linda Ning is currently acting as HARDA’s Treasurer. Linda has Masters Degree in Commerce from the University of Sydney, is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA). She works as a Finance Officer at the Sydney Local Health District. She also manages the accounts of an affiliated Research organisation and NGO payments.
  • Cindy Larson worked in the finance industry, most recently in Marketing and as a Futures Trader at Brandywine Asset Management in the US and prior to that on the Futures desk and in the Economics Division of Macquarie Bank in Sydney. She has a BA (Hons) in English Literature from Sydney University. Cindy has been an active volunteer for many years and has served as: Union County Chairperson for the Fresh Air Fund (NYC, USA); Friend of NJ SEEDS (NJ, USA); Volunteer Coordinator for Worldwide Orphans Foundation (NJ/NYC); as well as class parent and year coordinator at her children’s schools. She is currently a volunteer at the St Bakhita Centre as well as HARDA.
  • Fiona Carr (Policy & Projects) liaises with the Chief Operating Officer and coordinates project development.
  • Carmel Clark (Community Relations) is a key member of the Secretariat and HARDA’s longest serving volunteer. She has extensive social welfare and community service experience.
  • Judy Flaherty (Accounts) was tremendously helpful in maintaining HARDA’s accounts in the period following Paul Bisson’s death and prior to Linda Ning taking on that responsibility. She has offered her ongoing assistance as a volunteer on a needs basis.
  • Faduma Geddi (who was recently granted permanent Australian residency status) is busy building networks with young African Australians at grass roots level.
  • Tim Hand had been working in education for over thirty years (NSW Department of Education and Communities). Tim is an experienced SEO professional and he provides consultation and services to implement social media strategies for HARDA.
  • Jordan Lau has experience in website and software development. He is currently a volunteer who provides upgrade to the HARDA’s website.
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