Bright Sparks – achieving through pathways to employment
Photo: Hari Chhetri (far right) and Damber Chhetri (next to Hari) with other AMRC volunteers at the South Australian Migrant Small Business Expo in 2018.
Hari Chhetri is working at Jack Young Centre in Salisbury and is a board member at the Morella Community Centre. Both Hari and his wife Damber Chhetri were resettled in South Australia in May 2018, after spending 26 years as refugees in Nepal. “We were prepared for our new life in Australia. We both speak English, and with the support of many services including the AMRC, we felt at home and welcomed,” Hari said. Hari worked as a diplomat for the Royal Government of Bhutan for 15 years at offshore posts including India, the United Nations in New York and Kuwait. Both Hari and Damber were trained as AMRC volunteers. Hari volunteered in the AMRC’s Information, Linkages and Capacity Building reference group, while Damber volunteered in the Women’s Empowerment Program. Damber is undertaking a certificate course in early childcare education to pursue a career in childcare.