Aid gives refugees a fresh start

By June 26, 2016 July 4th, 2016 Blog

Jeremi recently caught up with Belinda Mackowski and spoke about his work with Echo International Aid and his passion to help refugees. “It has now been two years and Echo has sent two young people to university, completed three citizenship’s for stateless individuals, financially supported three families and funded supplies for a school at a remote Karen village,” he said. Pictured with Myanmar refugee All Naing Htoo who he helped find work at Ferntree Gully Hyundai and Kia. See the feature in the Knox Leader.

The Upwey resident quit his job and travelled to Thailand in 2013 hoping to help in a meaningful way.
Mr Wallace lived in the jungle near the border between Thailand and Myanmar, which was previously known as Burma.
Mr Wallace worked with Burmese communities displaced by civil war and met many people living in limbo as they had no home to go to in Myanmar.
“I forged the most beautiful relationships that will last forever,” he said.
When he returned home, Mr Wallace set up Echo International Aid — a nonprofit organisation to help displaced refugees.
“It has now been two years and Echo has sent two young people to university, completed three citizenships for stateless individuals, financially supported three families and funded supplies for a school at a remote Karen village,” Mr Wallace said.
Mr Wallace recently supported 21-year-old All Naing Htoo to gain employment at Ferntree Gully Hyundai and Kia, the first of what he hopes will be an ongoing support program for Myanmar refugees.
Mr Htoo spent seven years in a refugee camp on the border with Thailand. When he was 15, Mr Htoo, his parents and five siblings were all relocated to Australia.
Mr Wallace said since being given a chance at the car dealership, Mr Htoo had flourished.

 

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  • Fiona Waters says:

    This is just wonderful. If ever there is a family looking for work on a dairy farm please get in contact. we would love to help support a family into Australia. I can’t gaurantee we will always have work but you never know…. it might be the right place at the right time…. Keep up the great work- this is what being in the lucky country is all about!!

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