Thandi Dike tells ther volunteering story as part of our National Volunteering Week 2016 #NVW2016 Consider Volunteering Campaign.
ARRIVING in a new country can be daunting for anyone, but what happens when you are not allowed to work or study in your new home? That was just the situation facing Tralee woman Thandi Dike when she came to Kerry from South Africa in 2009 as an Asylum Seeker with her two young children.
Under Asylum rules Thandi was not allowed to work or to take on study, and so was left with the prospect of doing nothing or volunteering- she chose volunteering and has never looked back. When she first registered with the Kerry Volunteer Centre in 2009 Thandi was living in direct provision in Johnston Marina, and while it has been a long difficult process she was delighted to be awarded residency in September last year.