ISWA Assistance to local Indian Community
India is the second highest birth place of residents within the City of Canning, with 7.8% residents having Indian ancestry in the last census report. Luckily for us, we have an incredible not for profit organisation based locally in Willetton - the Indian Society of WA (ISWA) to support a growing number of our residents.
ISWA is the peak body of Indian community associations who have played a pivotal role in supporting the Indian origin people and integrating them with the wider WA community.
Over the past months, ISWA and its member associations have been running a large scale COVID-19 relief program to support international students and temporary residents in WA by providing free food and groceries, medical support, accommodation and living expenses, and various other aids towards mental health and wellbeing. Some of the great outcomes they’ve accomplished is supporting 1500 students and families through 1000 food packs, assisted 100 with rent and living expenses, and provided free medical treatment to 50 visiting parents.
One of ISWA’s many achievements is the negotiations on behalf of members to successfully arrange several repatriated chartered flights for stranded Indian citizens back home to India. Most of the returnees are elderly parents of Indian families living in Perth who had been stranded after the borders closed due to COVID-19, causing a large amount of financial, physical or mental stress.
ISWA are continuing to support the local Indian community through COVID recovery by offering a range of discounted short courses to increase the job readiness skills of international students in partnership with the Restaurant & Catering Industry Association (R&CA), as well as free activities such as breakfasts and yoga sessions to general members. More details of these courses and other free social events and activities can be found on ISWA’s Facebook Page.