Penola House helps reunite refugee family

Penola House helps reunite refugee family

The work of Penola House, combined with the generosity of the people of Newcastle and the Hunter, has reunited three orphaned teenagers with their family in Waratah.


$15,000 was raised for the visa approval and travel of Fabiola, 18, Patrick, 14, and David, 16, who arrived from Kenya to live with members of their family.


Read a Newcastle Herald article (along with a photo gallery) using the following link:


"These children were held in the arms of generous Hunter residents for every minute they were alone in Nairobi," said Sister Diana Santleben OP of Penola House.


"Now, they can start the process of becoming young Australians."


Penola House is grateful for the support of the Hunter for helping to restore the Rugaruza family. Penola House is still seeking donations for seven orphans who remain in Liberia (you can view more information on how to donate at the Penola House website).


View a video below of Jerome Rugaruza's initial reunion in 2011 with his wife and their children – Bonfils, 12, Joy, 8, Jessica, 4, and two-year-old King.


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