The New Zealand Ethnic Women’s Trust is established to implement activities to support the resettlement and integration of migrant and refugees into New Zealand. This is done through business enterprise activities for women in sewing, cooking and handcrafts, before and after school care programme for youth, play groups for young children, parenting seminars, up-skilling and finding job opportunities for men and women, at risk youth training, English classes for men, women and youth, workshops and cultural events etc. Many unemployed solo mothers from countries such as Somalia, Iraq, Pakistan, India, Ethiopia and Afghanistan have been involved.
Our long-term goal is for the successful settlement and support of refugee and migrant women and their families in New Zealand through the following six key programmes.
1. Employment support programmes
2. Business enterprise
3. Youth intervention
4. Sewing school
5. Play group
6. Parenting programme