Friends of The Water Well Project- Quarterly update, Apr 2021
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Welcome to The Water Well Project's quarterly newsletter.

 The Water Well Project is a not-for-profit health promotion charity that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of communities from migrant, refugee and asylum seeker background by increasing health literacy.

We provide free health education sessions run by volunteer healthcare professionals. 
On behalf of the team at The Water Well Project, a big thank you to our volunteers and partner organisations. 2020 was a difficult year for everyone, but we feel that we’ve been able to adapt, consolidate and improve our processes to ensure that we reach at-risk migrant, refugee and asylum seeker communities.

With a massive thanks to the Department of Premier & Cabinet, funding allowed us to expand our scope and operations during the pandemic, successfully delivering 120 health education sessions, reaching 3,204 participants from CALD backgrounds, within hot-spot local government areas, between October 2020 and March 2021.

Thank you all for your support,

Dr Linny Kimly Phuong, Director & Founder of The Water Well Project
In this reporting quarter, we facilitated 61 health education sessions and reached 1,377 community participants from migrant, refugee and asylum seeker background, with flow-on effects to their friends and families.
Here at The Water Well Project, we have a range of interactive health education sessions that are facilitated by qualified healthcare professional volunteers.

Our most requested session topics over the last quarter have been:
  1. COVID-19
  2. COVID-19 and Vaccines
  3. Mental Health
  4. Healthy Eating
  5. Women's Health
Find out more about booking an interactive health education session for your communities.
HESTA Impact Awards Finalist

On February 24th, The Water Well Project was honoured to be one of four finalists for Outstanding Organisation of the Year at the HESTA Impact Awards. The HESTA Impact Awards recognise people working in health and community services who are committed to creating a better future. The virtual awards ceremony was a great opportunity to get dressed up and celebrate the work of incredible organisations across the country.

Congratulations to the winner Housing All Australians and all other category winners and finalists, and thank you to HESTA for a great night.

We are so grateful to our community for their ongoing feedback about our sessions. Thank you to one of our community partners for this testimonial about our interactive COVID-19 sessions:

“My South Sudanese communities are kind people, they like to follow the rules, but they don’t know what to listen to, they believe what they read on Facebook. They don’t have the skills or ability to analyse or check where it is coming from and they don’t know where to get good information. They pass on to family and friends and very quickly there is lots of misinformation. Getting this misinformation out of their minds is our concern. Thanks to sessions like this, we get to hear the correct messaging and it will change what’s happening with spreading Facebook stories.”  
Better late than never... our annual report for FY 2019-2020 here!

Click here to read about how busy we've been as a volunteer committee and hear about our successes for the year. Thank you to everyone who has made our work possible - our volunteers, committee members, donors, community partners, and session participants.
Earlier this year, our Founder and Director Dr. Linny Kimly Phuong was nominated for Pro Bono Australia's Impact 25 Awards. These awards honour the social sector's most influential people for their significant and positive impact in Australia and around the world.

The Water Well Project team extends its warmest congratulations to the the 2021 winners.
We're always looking for enthusiastic new volunteers to help facilitate sessions in the community.

If you would like to get involved or know any healthcare professionals who may be interested, refer to our website for more information.

All of our health education sessions are FREE, interactive, and driven by community need. Our volunteers use a variety of games, toys, posters, and anatomy models to engage participants and help everyone learn in a hands-on and practical way. 

Although our sessions are free, the props we need to make these sessions interactive are not. You can help us out by covering the cost of a small resource box. 

Donate $30 today and help us continue to keep our sessions interactive!

All donations come directly to The Water Well Project and help us to provide free, interactive health education sessions for communities from migrant, refugee, or asylum seeker backgrounds. 

Even the smallest donations make a huge difference, and we cannot thank you enough for supporting our work.
Thank you for making The Water Well Project possible.
If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please feel free to get in touch.

Dr Linny Kimly Phuong
Founder & Director of The Water Well Project
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The Water Well Project,
P.O. Box 6218, Vermont South,
Victoria, Australia 3133

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