Malia's Story

Malia's Story

Malia* was born in South Sudan, amid turmoil and fighting in her country. In her early adolescence,
both of her parents and brother were killed and Malia’s sister sponsored her to come to Australia
on an orphan visa. When Malia arrived in Australia she soon started to be abused by her own sister,
who would force her to cook and clean for her family.

She was referred to Junction from a Domestic Violence service in 2015, and was placed in a supported home for young people who wish to re-engage with their education called ‘Education House’. While living at Education House, Malia completed a foundation course at Flinders University, as well as gaining a Certificate IIII in Aged Care and Disability.

Malia then moved into an Anglicare property, but is still largely supported by Junction. She soon applied to study a Bachelor of Medical Science at Flinders University and was successful! Malia now actively volunteers, has obtained her driver’s licence and is in the process of applying for Australian Citizenship.

Her long term goals include completing her degree and buying a house, and she has already started saving for a deposit!

*Name has been changed to protect privacy

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