Dor Achiek

Mount Druitt, New South Wales

Community leader, youth advocate

As a former refugee who came to Australia as a teenager, Dor knows how easy it can be for young people to drift away from their culture. Believing that this cultural disconnection can lead to tension within families, Dor runs the South Sudanese Youth Cultural Activities Program to engage young people from South Sudanese backgrounds living in the Blacktown area. Although he works full-time and has a young family, the community support worker manages to fund and run regular cultural activities such as traditional wrestling, dance, folklore comedies and song contests. This grant will enable Dor to devote more time to the program.