Coming Together Two Cultures One Life – Community development with Sudanese refugees
This is a case study completed through a community development project coordinated in 2004 and 2005 by Foundation House the operational base of the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture.
In planning for the pilot program described in Chapter 1, the Foundation House community development team found there was limited published documentation of such work with refugees in settlement countries. It seemed a useful exercise to reflect on the program and thereby provide a case study which might guide other service providers.
We hope this case study will be useful to those working with refugees, and more broadly to those developing similar models for other communities. All quotes appearing throughout this document come from members of the Sudanese community who participated in the project. Some were originally spoken/written in English while others have been translated.
This case study has been developed as a resource to assist those, like us, who work with refugees in countries of resettlement. It may also be useful to those working with similarly disadvantaged communities, where violence and displacement has had a deep impact on lives and where community development can offer connection to others and a sense of meaning and purpose for the future.