The Australian Afghan Hassanian Youth Association (AAHYA)
The Australian Afghan Hassanian Youth Association (AAHYA) was created in 2006 in response to community needs and has since grown to work with people all across the state, with over 80 volunteers and 12 members from Afghan and different backgrounds. AAHYA is a not-for-profit welfare organisation and a charity registered organisation, providing a range of support, cultural and religious services.
AAHYA works with the whole community, supporting both the family unit and the people within them, providing group workshops, casework, mental health support as well as child and youth programs.
AAHYA was created in 2006 by a group of refugees from Afghanistan. Having experienced the difficulties of settlement themselves, they were able to identify the need for others in their community to be supported in the process. Originally operating out of other community organisations in Auburn, New South Wales, AAHYA was able to purchase its own property and begin operating as a community centre in Regents Park in 2017.
AAHYA has grown and now works with people of all different backgrounds.