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Dear Community,

As we continue Promoting Together Multicultural Queensland Principles, We also, continue to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation closely, the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff remains our number one priority. For information, including frequently asked questions, please visit the organisations

Coronavirus web page: www.ufvra.org.au

Leading virologist, Professor Nigel McMillan from Griffith’s Menzies Health Institute Queensland provides some important advice for students:

Organisation response:

We as organisation is taking this situation seriously and planning for a range of scenarios. Our focus is on ensuring your wellbeing.

In the circumstance we have to close organisation activities, we will communicate with organisation members, community leaders, and our client via organisation social media, email and UFVRA Australia website.  www.ufvra.org.au

What you can do?

Queensland Health advises the best way to protect yourself and others from infection is to practice good hand and respiratory hygiene including:

  • cleaning hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs

  • covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing

  • avoiding contact with anyone who has symptoms such as fever, a cough, sore throat, fatigue, and shortness of breath.

If you are unwell you should stay at home and let your course convenor know. UFVRA Organisation aims to be as flexible as possible with the delivery of our service to the community as required by Queensland Health Advises recommendation.  

Your well-being

I realise for some of you this will be distressing time. The organisation Online Health and Wellness Centre can direct you to counselling services on within Brisbane, as well as other support resources between our partners.

If you need support outside organisation hours, we recommend you to call Mental Wellbeing Support Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide immediate assistance for emotional and mental distress. Phone 1300 785 442 or text 0488 884 146. Or visit our website, at www.ufvra.org.au

You will also notice an increase in cleaning activities, with a focus on hard surfaces including door handles, high traffic areas and bathrooms. Hand sanitiser has been distributed across organisation operational area and further supplies are being made available in all of our activities places, including  event table, fundraising, and Job seekers computer centres.  

Best wishes, 

Peter Lino.

Director/ United Federation Of Volunteers For Refugees Action (UFVRA) Inc.

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What Is Wrong With Corona Virus?

WHAT IS WRONG WITH Coronavirus Disease??

(COVID-19) outbreak?

Peter Lino Lomoro, March 23, 2020: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak situation. We‘re all affected by *#* COVID2019 Pandemic:

What is wrong with Corona Disease?!

 Definition of Corona:  (African Australia Communities and others)

  • It's an unprecedented health challenge across the world.

  • It is a superpower virus,

  • A non-discrimination Virus

  • Corona virus is destroyer, killer and world pandemic, merciless, invisible

  • Corona Virus has committed world Genocide,

  • Is now Corona international, not where it began?

  • An infectious disease caused by a new virus.

  • Coronavirus disease spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze

  • You can get it if you don’t keep 1 meter or 3 feet) distance

  • It is everywhere, anywhere.

  • Corona is mission is unknown

  • Corona vaccine or treatment is nowhere to be confirmed, maybe is on the way not sure.

  • Corona virus love taking advantage of vulnerable human being

  • Corona virus is not known if it is from God or Man Made virus,

  • Corona is Corona, not other names for it, can kill, cannot forgive, cannot discriminate, cannot sleep, and is awake at any time you came in contact with its virus.

Confirmed Cases!!!!

  • 294,110 Confirmed cases!

  • 12,944 Confirmed deaths!

  • 187 Countries, areas or territories with cases!

Since 21 January 2020, Disease Outbreak News! United Federation Of volunteers For Refugees Action Volunteers and staff came together to fight it. With support of Queensland Health and Australia Government Health is closely monitoring the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).  The confirmed cases toll is, increasing day by day. As organisation, we have taken steps to assist African Australia to understand “COVID-19 pandemic” information provided in a daily updates (Australia, Government). We want see that we reached out to more than 20,000 African Australians locals in Australia shared live – saving COVID-19 prevention tips. In different local languages.  Raising awareness as part of a larger effort to drive social change, we are very kin to Prime Minister Statement and follow it exactingly.


However, our means of raising awareness are as follows:

  • Phone calls advice,

  • Leaders, community advice, various community leaders will be In Touch with families, understanding the current situation, (break out African Traditional understanding not to risk others)

  • Special Advice parent with Domestic Violence

  • Phone advice to youths, alcoholic disability, homelessness and the vulnerable once.

World Health Organization declared Global Health Emergency, as COVID-19 Pandemic, and it is true. What we are doing as from today is do a coordinated widespread community response in limiting and reduce the spread of the disease, targeted group African Australian traditional understanding of COVID-19 Pandemic).

We will use seven languages:

  • Swahili

  • Dinka and Nuer

  • Lingala

  • Kirundi

  • Somalia

  • Ethiopian languages

  • Acholi and Madi

Peter Lomoro, Davide John and Emmanuel Sida has taken this initiative to aware the common masses by sharing information material highlight the tips and advice to reduce the risk of coronavirus among African Australian Communities. Through this volunteer-led campaign By Peter Lomoro, David John and Emmanuel Sida *#* African Australian Wash Hands Control Corona, hundreds of African Australian locals including elderly, children, women, homeless, youths, single men and single mother and persons with a disability were reached and proper orientation was given on personal hygiene during this Corona Pandemic through our social media pages and even phone calls.

Peter Lomoro, one of the volunteers and director for United Federation of Volunteers For Refugees Action from Brisbane while sharing this views 23rd March 2020: What is wrong with Corona Disease? “We live in the identical world you do and face the same experiments with the coronavirus pandemic. However, we challenge to come out only to protect the vulnerable and marginalized members of our society. We organization, leaders, volunteers youth have a responsibility and we know our duty from today!”

We can break the chain of spread and ensure the safety of all by avoiding large gatherings.

Do Ten Things:

  1. Wash hands often

  2. Cough into elbow

  3. Don’t touch your face

  4. Keep a safe distance

  5. Avoid unnecessary kissing.

  6. Avoid public toilets,

  7. Do not come home and enter your house with shoes,

  8. Stop African traditional believe, that Corona is not real, it is real.

  9. Feel sick? Stay home let’s *#*WashHandsContralCorona.

  10. Avoid Arabic smoking pipe,

We will continue to work together aiming for saving lives and serving our community it is humanity! Want to join hands with UFVRA Austral as a volunteer? Email on admin@ufvra.org.au

Our Mission:

  1. To respond to global emergencies in an efficient real time manner.

  2. To restore dignity to the lives of those who have lost all by fostering human rights protection

  3. Break the cycles of widespread poverty by engaging in strong ethical, sustainable solutions that materialise (Improve Poverty)

  4. We empower communities to be self-reliant and independent

  5. Demonstrate the real Australian non-profit organisation to bring people back together for world peace and harmony.

  6. To bring sustainability to both the beneficiaries and the organisation

  7. We serve people who need it most, relieve their suffering & transform their lives for a great future.

Hi Nicole Allen-Ankins,

During the past few months, UFVRA Australia has introduce several new polices and safety initiatives. That ensure safety update is passed on to all our volunteers in the organisation and our clients, community leaders, and job seekers who visit UFVRA Qld in Moorooka. Thank you for the email.

Our Application (CB200004) is based on bullying prevention and response though informational websites and Tip sheets for Children and young people, Parents and carers, Communities and teachers across Brisbane and nationwide, that students, and educator’s awareness, attitudes, and perceptions of cyberbullying will be accessible in our website. www.ufvra.org.au/ what teen want know about cyberbullying.

  1. As a volunteering organisation, it is known, that bullying is a serious public health concern that is associated with significant negative mental, social and physical outcomes. Evidentially, technological advances have increased adolescents’ use of social media, and online communication platforms have exposed adolescents to another mode of bullying (cyberbullying). Therefore, our Prevention and intervention materials, from websites or online material have been developed to help Children and young people, Parents and carers, Communities and teachers address and prevent cyberbullying in Australia (COVID-19 Health Measure).

UFVRA Refers to support services: 3rd April, 2020

COVID Restriction Changes

From 3rd April and 1st July 2020, UFVRA Qld has lifted all COVID entry restriction for people in high risk groups, once again permitting all volunteers register, on their visits. Temperature testing, social distancing, and COVID access forms will still be in place. COVID access form will be phased out over the next few months. If you need further information regarding your duty of care to your volunteers please see visit. https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/covid-19-information-workplaces.

 At UFVRA, we adhered to the important steps on how to protect ourselves and other from coronavirus (COVID-19), with a mission of preventing cyberbullying in more positive and respectful relationship in accordance with (Queensland Health - for information what is COVID-19) .

 How to slow the spread:

  1. Good hygiene

  2. Physical distancing

  3. Public gatherings

  4. Isolation

  1. Queensland Government - the latest information and advice on COVID-19 for Queenslanders

  2. Australian Government - for the latest developments and changes in response to COVID-19

  3. Queensland Health - for information what is COVID-19, how it spreads, self-isolation and when to self-quarantine.

  4. See Australia.gov.au for Australian Government COVID-19.

  5. Advice for the public - World Health Organization

  6. Physical distancing | Safe Work Australia

  7. Centres for disease control and prevention > https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/social-distancing.html

Food Consumption Changes

UFVRA Qld, has recently introduced a new food consumption policy. From 1 July 2020, no member is permitted to take food from the foodbank area, and consume it on the site. The only exception is to consumption of water, which everyone can access by filling their water bottle at the new water fountain neat the entry roller door.

CCTV Cameras.

Another new safety measure is the installation of CCTV cameras throughout the foodbank, area and including carpark area. In compliance with regulation. There are signs at the facility to indicate that CCTV cameras are in place.

Application Project (CB200004) amendment.

In a  Meetings (02/08/2020, Time: 4pm -5pm), UFVRA volunteers, have jointly agreed and concluded that, application (CB200004) project will now be delivery by 31 December 2020 following on current restrictions on public gatherings.

The nine members in the meeting have agreed that, our online materials, (website, social media, will continue and will be providing daily update of cyberbullying as well as changes for Coronavirus.

UFVRA Australia knows that our strength lies not only in the words we stand by, but most importantly through the actions of our project application (CB200004). Back in 2017, our Non-Profit Organization realized that by working together we could overcome our challenges much more efficiently, and that is why we ultimately decided to launch UFVRA Australia, in accordance to what the laws of the country.

  • UFVRA wish to have application (CB200004), for the project 'What teen want know about Cyber Bulling Vs Cyber Kindness' reviewed.

  • We have amended COVID-19 crisis 3rd April, 2020 and hereby wishing to amend application (CB200004) project, to address the current restrictions on public gatherings.( Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women).

  • UFVRA management team, on a meeting date 2nd 08, 2020 all agreed  to amend the delivery dates for 'What teen want know about Cyber Bulling Vs Cyber Kindness' (project)  to be as from (31st December 2020).

UFVRA Australia, detailed today a series of measures it is taking in its field operation in Brisbane area to help respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency and prevent further spread, (Queensland Government - the latest information and advice on COVID-19 for Queenslanders).

Our top priority in the COVID-19 crisis is to ensure that the people we serve are included in response plans and are properly informed, while we supplement Governments’ preparedness and response efforts wherever needed.

Measures UFVRA is taking include:

  • Supporting governments with infection prevention and health-care response, including through the provision of medical information and supplies Good hygiene homeless group we work with.

  • How to slow the spread: Physical distancing, Public gatherings  and Isolation

  • Reinforcing the health and WASH systems and services, including by distributing soap and increasing access to water for homeless in Moorooka area.

  • Distributing packed material and core relief items to age people (single African background).

  • Offering guidance and fact-based information on prevention measures.

  • Expanding packed food assistance to help mitigate the negative socio-economic impact of COVID-19.

  • Enhancing monitoring and interventions to ensure the rights of vulnerable communities in Brisbane are respected.

  • See visit. https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/covid-19-information-workplaces.


02/08/2020 agent Meeting                                                                                    


  1. Peter Lino:                   UFVRA President

  2. Emmanuel:                  UFVRA Secretary

  3. Hassan Osman:           UFVRA Food Bank coordinator

  4. Nancy Maneno:           UFVRA Cyberbullying social media coordinador

  5. Ronald Kamba:            UFVRA cyberbullying and Moorooka homeless public relation volunteers 

  6. Alice Juan:                   UFVRA Treasurer

  7. John B:                         UFVRA Board member

  8. Edna Peter:                  UFVRA Liaison volunteer (Food bank and women at risk)




Secretary:               Emmanuel Sida:                 02/08/2020: www.ufvra.org.au


Emails: admin@ufvra.org.au


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United Federation of Volunteers for Refugees Action pays its good wishes to the traditional custodians across the lands in which we work, and acknowledges the elders past, present and emerging.  We walk together in solidarity in the shared pain of the past and with shared hope, respect and value for the future.

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