Carey is proud of all our Humanitarian Scholarship recipients, including Moosay, Sarah and Kyizom who completed their Year 12 studies last year.

We interviewed each of them before the end of 2018 and are pleased to share with you their remarkable and heartfelt stories below.

Moosay

I started at Carey in Year 10. My family and I are Karen people from Burma, who have been persecuted for years, mainly due to ethnicity. When I was born, my family were living in a refugee camp, which was a really tough environment for us. I moved to Australia as a child in 2006. It was quite a challenge for me as I didn’t understand any English, and sometimes I felt like an outcast. There was not a lot of other children or families like mine, with an understanding of our culture, language and recent history of civil war and persecution.

In Year 9, my family met School Chaplain Revd Gerry Riviere who helped with my placement and transition to Carey. The best parts of Carey have been the people I’ve met and the accepting, helpful and friendly environment. I have also been grateful for and embraced the many opportunities provided by Carey.

I hope to study Science and Global Studies at Monash University to provide a good foundation for me to go back to Burma, share my knowledge and help my people.

You can view a brief video on Moosay’s Carey Story here.

Sarah

My parents are Karen refugees from Burma, but I was born in Australia. Growing up was difficult as I felt I didn’t really fit in to either my heritage or the Australian culture. It was also traumatising to know of my family’s struggle, moving from village to village to avoid the civil war. I am proud of my father who started a local Karen community in a Baptist church in eastern Melbourne. There we helped new migrants settle and recover in Australia. This is also where we met Revd Gerry Riviere who was passionate about understanding, learning about and supporting the Karen community.

At my old school I didn’t feel I really belonged and felt limited in my ability to express myself. Since coming to Carey, my confidence has been boosted and I have been able to explore my passions and creativity through community service, art and music. Being School Community Captain was a thrill for me, helping demonstrate my capacity for leadership and making a difference.

After Carey, I want to study nursing and psychology, so I can help Karen refugees with their medical and education needs. This will help me to build on the charity I established with my father, ‘The Hope Project’. I also hope with my tertiary study I will be able to help them with their struggle with post-traumatic stress as a result of the civil war.

Kyizom

My family is Tibetan, but fled the Chinese annexation to India. I was born in a refugee camp there. When my youngest sister was born, she had a lymphatic malformation and the local hospitals couldn’t treat her. We were very fortunate to have met Moira Kelly who arranged medical treatment in Australia and settled us in primary and secondary schools. Together with Ahmed Kelly, a refugee with a disability attending Carey at the time, Moira helped to secure me a scholarship to study here.

The friendships I made at Carey helped me build my confidence inside and outside the classroom. I felt empowered to take advantage of opportunities I would not have had the exposure to or ability to participate in otherwise. I am also grateful for all my teachers, who have been strongly supportive of me.

After Year 12, I would like to undertake a Bachelor of Science and later specialise in nursing to complement my experience working with Aunty Moira and with children with a disability.