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The Karen community in Bendigo is deeply grateful to the many people in the wider community who have welcomed us and helped us build new lives here is Australia.

With support from volunteers Karen people have learned English, learned how navigate Australian culture, learned to drive, applied for jobs, got jobs, rented houses... the list is endless.

Most Karen parents do not have the English-language skills or educational background to support their children with their homework. We cannot begin to express our gratitude to our Australian friends and volunteers in homework clubs who have provided this support.

We are deeply grateful to our Christian volunteers who helped Buddhist refugees, the Buddhist volunteers who helped Christian refugees, and the volunteers who did not have a religion but had lots of compassion and loving-kindness.

We are proud that our volunteers now include younger Karen people who have been to school in Australia and who can help their own people.

Despite this, we still need volunteers from the wider community.

Volunteer roles include:

  • Helping Karen students in 'homework clubs'
  • Assisting newly arrived refugees to attend appointments or find rental accommodation
  • Running activities with young people

If you are interested in volunteering please download the Volunteer Application Form and mail it or drop it in person to 26 Hercules Street, Long Gully 3556.

The Karen Buddhist Dhamma Dhutta Foundation is a child-safe organisation. All volunteers must hold a current Working with Children Check. Before volunteering with us you must call the Working With Children Check Unit 0n 1300 652 879 and add the following information:

KBDDF Inc., 26 Hercules Street, Long Gully 3556, Tel: 03 5441 3560

Teachers who have current registration with the Victorian Institution of Teachers (VIT) must provide KBDDF with a copy of their card.

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