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Good samaritans providing free migrant support win recognition

IN a reflection of their dedication to helping newly arrived residents, husband and wife Goodson and Jacobinah Muleya have each been nominated for a 2020 NSW/ACT Regional Achievement and Community Award.

Mrs Muelya has also been nominated for a TransGrid Leadership Award.
On offer since 2002, the purpose of the awards is to encourage, acknowledge and reward the valuable contributions individuals, communities and businesses are making throughout NSW and the ACT.
The Muelyas have tried to create a ‘village’ of love, care and support inside their Auburn home for African and other migrant communities and have lost count of how many they have helped since arriving from Africa themselves about eight years ago.
“The short term goals are tied with providing real, on the ground support to migrants,” says Mr Muleya, who completed his PhD in Philosophy in theological studies in February.
“We help with food, clothing, furniture, cooking utensils, transport, bonds for rental properties and provide emotional support; many people are very lonely when they arrive and appreciate our family environment.”
Mrs Muleya, who is recovering from a broken bone in her foot after running onto the road to save a toddler from oncoming traffic in December, said demand for their support had grown via word of mouth.
“We also have people referred to us from Auburn Diversity, SSI and the Salvation Army,” she said.
“If they have nowhere to go, we are happy for them to stay in our home with our three children, Palesa, 22, Michael, 20 and Enoch, 15, who also assist us as much as they can.
“We are thrilled to be nominated for the awards but don’t do what we do for any recognition; it’s enough seeing people happy and on their way.”
Winners will be announced in November.
For more info about the awards, visit awardsaustralia.com.