This is Rosa. Mother. Refugee. Survivor. Charity Founder.

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Rosa has lived peacefully in Brisbane after fleeing conflict in South Sudan, via Egypt, 22 years ago. She had seven children with her – three her own and four were her nieces and nephews.

Rosa has learned new skills and shared her love of her culture and food through the Nundah Good Food Project (a now self-sufficient ‘child’ of Nundah Community Enterprises Cooperative).

They offer cooking lessons and operate a food truck with authentic deliciousness from around the globe, as well as create employment opportunities for asylum seekers and help them to build new lives in a new community.

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Both a teacher and a daughter of a teacher, Rosa is only too aware of the importance of education in helping to break the cycle of poverty and suffering of her people in South Sudan. About 40% of the population is under 15 years of age.

This has driven Rosa to start her own charity ‘Project Hope South Sudan Inc’ with the main goal of bringing education to those most in need.

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This is. series focuses on Nundah locals, interviewed and photographed by local contributor Gaylia Lee