Advocacy for Oromia Association in Victoria Australia Inc. is non–profit organisation registered under the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 in Victoria as April 2014. It works to support the members of the refugee and migrant in various ways. We extend some assistance from advocacy to orientation programs to new comers by, providing orientation about life and work in Australia, providing advice and support to migrants who need it in their dealings with authorities, linking them to services available to them in the process of their resettlement and adjustment of their lives here in Australia. It is committed in promoting and advancing people causes to ensure that their voice is heard and responded to.
The organization is devoted to standing for Oromo people who are disadvantaged, and speaking out on their behalf in a way that represents the best interests of them. It has established and continues to provide services to people living with multiple social, political, economic, cultural and historical issues by using various forms of advocacy to influence public opinion and/or policy.
The current activities of the organisation are advocating for people with multiple cases, support the Oromo youth, providing community Consultation and information session, welcoming and orientation for new arrivals, celebrating Oromo cultural events and social festivals, linking our member to religious and social groups and main stream organisation and working closely with different mainstream organisation about Oromo human rights and refugees, and conducting researches and studies about Oromo issues.
1. Advocacy and Advice
Our advocacy service can be understood as speaking, acting or writing to promote and protect the best interests and well-being of people who are disadvantaged. Advocacy plays a critical role in ensuring that the rights and interests of people with disability are respected and realised.
Advocacy for Oromia advocacy aims to ensure that the rights of the people who are disadvantaged are upheld and that these people are supported to make their own decisions, particularly those where the outcomes affect their lives.
Strategies may include representing people who are disadvantaged making referrals to the appropriate channel to affect resolution of complaints, and influencing policies and practices to promote fair treatment and social justice for all people.
2. Community Education
Providing information for people who are disadvantaged is the basis of our community education program. The aim of the program is to promote learning and social development work with individuals and groups in their communities using a range of formal and informal methods. A common defining feature is that programmes and activities are developed in dialogue with communities and participants. The purpose of community learning and development is to develop the capacity of individuals and groups of all ages through their actions, the capacity of communities, to improve their quality of life. Central to this is their ability to participate in democratic processes.
Community education encompasses all those occupations and approaches that are concerned with running education and development programmes within local communities, rather than within educational institutions such as schools, colleges and universities. It has long been critical of aspects of the formal education system for failing large sections of the population in all countries and had a particular concern for taking learning and development opportunities out to socio-economically disadvantaged individuals and poorer areas, although it can be provided more broadly.
Our intention is to make contact with relevant stakeholders to enable a process of learning, sharing information and gaining awareness of services.
3. Community Information Session
Advocacy for Oromia offers community information service and orientation that exceeds the expected value and brings about change for the individual user and the system.
Research demonstrates that improving information can improve satisfaction with services.
Advocacy for Oromia will provide information through a range of channels and formats and ensure that the information provided will meet the users’ needs.
We provide information through our:
- Fact Sheets on key topics
- Forums and consultation
- Pamphlets on services
- Training resources and programs
- Social Media
4. Community Consultation
Advocacy for Oromia is committed to community consultation as a way of ensuring us provide services and programs in line with the needs and preferences of our community. Our community consultation program allows people to become involved in our decision-making processes so they can help shape decisions that affect them and their community.
It is a process designed to assist the members of the community in developing a clear and comprehensive formulation of their needs, giving weight to their immediate needs and long term benefits. Subsequently the professionals, families, or community service organisations may contribute to development of a treatment plan or review an existing plan.
Hence Community Consultation is the provision of advice and support by our staff to the members of the community at their request within key areas of our expertise. During the Community Consultation, the staffs do not make decision on behalf of the community but assist the members of the community to identify their key issues and needs.
5. Forum and Conference
Advocacy for Oromia offers different types of meetings: conference, congress, symposium, seminar, and workshop where ideas and views on a particular issue can be exchanged.
6. Leadership Training
Advocacy for Oromia provides a Leadership Training program that transforms competent managers of our youth, women and community groups into great leaders and encourages great teamwork and great results.
Our intention is to provide training that enables each individual to explore their hidden leadership potential: todiscover how to inspire trust and build credibility with their people, define a clear and compelling purpose, create and align systems of success, and unleash the talents and energy of a winning team.