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BERIAS GREW UP in a family of
eight and the daily reality of life in
Mozambique was harsh and cruel.
Food especially was a constantly scarce
commodity. Eventually Berias married and
only recently, his wife and two children
were able to join him here. He admits,
"It was not an easy move to make, but
could never be worse than my childhood."
Berias realised that Australia offered
greater education and work opportunities
almost non-existent if he remained in
After three years of hard work in
Australia, Berias was awarded the 2012
TAFE NSW International Student of the
Year in the Vocational Education and
Training category. He graduated with an
Advanced Diploma of Sound Production
at Newcastle College. He is now a music
composer, performer and producer.
He returned to his home town Xai Xai
in Mozambique following the award
presentation by the Premier, "To celebrate
this achievement and inspire young
Africans to never give up on their dreams
regardless of their circumstances."
Berias' work with CatholicCare and
within the general community has been
a highlight of his life in Australia as well.
He has been a casual youth worker at
CatholicCare since 2009, both at the
Maitland Youth Crisis Centre and as a
mentor for the Stepping Out program.
CatholicCare's Senior Casework Manager,
Wayne Field, says, "Berias has been a
positive role model and has proven to
be a valuable inspiration to many young
people across our programs."
Berias is incredibly generous, donating
much time and effort to the community in
Newcastle. He is a member of the Hunter
African Community Council, helping to
promote education of refugees and
mentoring young Africans with mental
illness. He has also performed at many
events including cultural concerts, Mental
Health Day and Refugee Week to name
just a few.
Ky Fisher and Berias met at Newcastle
TAFE where they undertook the diploma
course together. Berias says, "Ky has
been working with me since last year
recording my new album." They both
enthusiastically embrace music which
has deepened their friendship, and they
will continue to share their next project
to assist education in Mozambique. "Ky
Fisher is kindly joining me on this trip to
perform and make a film clip of my new
song, 'On My Way Home'."
Their shared vision is to supply stationery
for the schools and orphanages where
they will be performing. Berias added,
"We also want to raise awareness of how a
small amount can make such a difference
in somebody's life in my township."
Berias says, "I have embraced Australia
very well and made the most of every
opportunity given so far." He thanks
Australians "for their welcoming hearts
and support". He especially appreciates
his friends from the Adamstown
community church where "I feel part of
By TRISH BOGAN
Ky Fisher (left) and Berias Masseque.
CatholicCare case worker Berias Masseque arrived from Mozambique in 2008 to study music and has managed an impressive list of achievements in that short time.
Now he s aiming even higher, returning to Mozambique with friend Ky Fisher to assist children there through their mutual love of music, and using skills learnt in Australia.
To contribute financially to Berias and
Ky s project, please visit www.pozible.
com/mywayhome, P Wayne Field
4979 1312 or E WField@catholiccare.
If you would like to donate stationery
items -- pens, notebooks, coloured
pencils, stickers and so on -- you are
welcome to deliver to reception at
845 Hunter Street Newcastle by 26
Berias and Ky would greatly appreciate
your financial or other assistance with
'On My Way Home'.
As Berias says, "You can help this project
to be successful and impact positively
on children's lives in Mozambique. With
50 cents a day you can feed and educate
one child in Mozambique."
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