Help for New Practice Cars for Puketapapa Community Driving School (PCDS)

$7,770 of $20,000 goal
Given by 126 generous donors in 6 weeks

Getting more practice cars will help more refugees increase employability, safety and well-being by being able to drive safely and legally.

Auckland

On Saturday morning 7 August we saw our Migrant Action Trust office at The Salvation Army Mt Albert Rd littered with beer cans, smashed glass door and broken key boxes. Sadly, our two dual control practice cars for Puketapapa Community Driving School and Open Road Refugee Driver Training Programme were stolen and badly smashed by youth offenders. We do have liability insurance and car insurance. But prior to losing our two cars, due to increasing requests we were preparing to fundraise to get another practice car to enable us to help more.

It makes a world of difference to our refugee-background learners to gain freedom and access to more job opportunities by getting restricted and full licence. But losing our two practice cars mean longer waiting times for our learner drivers who needed urgent driver training. This is extra stressful for our 50+ refugee-background learners who were hoping to get extra practice sessions and borrow our cars for their test days in the next few weeks.

As a local community-owned social enterprise, we aim to help anyone needing safe driver training. We use the income we get from full-paying customers to support refugee-background learners. Each year we get over 200 urgent referrals especially mothers with special needs children, single mothers and refugee-background learners facing multiple barriers to get driver licence in order to get jobs, go to frequent doctors appointments, and get around with essential transport everyday.

About us

The Migrant Action Trust (MAT) helps migrants and former refugees settle in New Zealand and become fully integrated into NZ society. MAT's three core programmes: Migrants Supporting Migrants, Arrival to Integration and Supporting Groups.

Use of funds

All funds raised will be used to get two more practice cars and install dual controls required for safe driver training.

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HELP US HELP MORE REFUGEES TO GAIN INDEPENDENCE AFTER LOCKDOWN  8 September 2021

Posted by: Migrant Action Trust

"A driver's licence is important to me because I am a student and responsible for my children. You can't imagine the hassles of getting kids to school and going to university daily, plus using Uber for emergency and hospital appointments. Now things are much easier. I feel free to move anytime and anywhere. I can't forget last year's lockdown. It was hard to find someone to take me to buy food and supplies." - message from a single mother who got restricted licence through the Open Road Refugee Driver Training Programme and Puketapapa Community Driving School (PCDS)

THANK YOU again to everyone who pitched in, help us reach our goal by sharing our Givealittle page to your circle of friends.

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Guest Donor
Guest Donor 1 day ago
paying forward
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Bridget
Bridget on 09 Sep 2021
Great cause to support. Love the stories.
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Migrant Action Trust

Kia ora Bridget, We are super grateful for your generous donation to the Puketāpapa Community Driving School (PCDS). Your donation enables us to continue our mahi to support the most vulnerable communities in Aotearoa. Thanks again for your manakitanga (generosity) and whakawhirinaki (trust) in our kaupapa (cause). Arohanui, Team at Puketāpapa Community Driving School

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Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 03 Sep 2021
$100
Migrant Action Trust

Kia ora, We are super grateful for your generous donation to the Puketāpapa Community Driving School (PCDS). Your donation enables us to continue our mahi to support the most vulnerable communities in Aotearoa. Thanks again for your manakitanga (generosity) and whakawhirinaki (trust) in our kaupapa (cause). Arohanui, Team at Puketāpapa Community Driving School

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Abeer
Abeer on 02 Sep 2021
$100
Migrant Action Trust

Kia ora Abeer, We are super grateful for your generous donation to the Puketāpapa Community Driving School (PCDS). Your donation enables us to continue our mahi to support the most vulnerable communities in Aotearoa. Thanks again for your manakitanga (generosity) and whakawhirinaki (trust) in our kaupapa (cause). Arohanui, Team at Puketāpapa Community Driving School

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Mutual Aid ChCh
Mutual Aid ChCh on 27 Aug 2021
$135
Migrant Action Trust

It's the 3rd Friday night since our two practice cars were stolen and smashed. Lockdown further delayed action on our two cars, but everyday we are grateful for all the heartwarming messages of support and generous donations. Big THANK YOU to everyone at Mutual Aid ChCh for choosing to support Migrant Action Trust - Puketapapa Community Driving School this week! Sharing a short video of some of our learners whose lives became easier during and after lockdown. They're the best reminders for us to keep going so we can help more especially solo mums and former refugees to gain independence, reduce social isolation, increase employability, road safety and community wellbeing. Hope you can share on your page https://vimeo.com/585731481

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