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Shaqaeq | Social Entrepreneur

At just 18-years-old Shaqaeq is full of fire, ambition and spirit. Her goals transcend borders and barriers and her youthfulness a platform for being success driven.

An advocate for refugees and asylum seekers, Shaqaeq came to Australia with five siblings from Afghanistan. Since then she has been active in community volunteering and established a first of its kind online platform to support newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers which features services available to them.

Directa is a platform which provides a multi-lingual directory that serves the specific needs of migrants and refugees and makes resettlement easier. Inspired by Shaqaeq’s own experience of being a refugee in Australia, she sought to change the traditional mindset of an environment where women are encouraged to take on traditional roles.

“I want to expand as a social entrepreneur and give back to the community to help others just like me.”

“There are so many great opportunities, you can do many things here; you can go to an art class or join a sports team,” she says passionately.

“Refugees deserve to have the opportunity to achieve what they set out to do, to enjoy their leisure time and to be informed of their rights, especially after all they’ve endured.”

Shaqaeq is on a mission to live out her dreams in Australia. Holding her parents hands through the process of settling in a home with a new culture, passions in social entrepreneurship, Business, Civil and mechatronic engineering.

From fleeing Afghanistan to not being able to pursue an education in Iran as a refugee, she’s finished high school, has started university, works and is ready to enter the next chapter of her life with a hunger to learn, thrive and give back.

Source: Cumberland Council

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