Newcastle hero, Sister Diana Santleben to be profiled in new ABC series - Newcastle Live

7 August 2018


Sister Di is driven by her passion to educate migrant and refugee women and create meaningful connections for these women in their local community. 

Next Saturday 11th August, local Newcastle hero, Sister Diana Santleben will gain a national profile through an ABC Compass documentary series titled “Pitch Up”.

Sister Di is the Founder of Zara’s House Refugee Women’s Centre; a safe place for newly arrived refugee women and their families, where they can connect with the local community, learn English, and share stories and skills. An outspoken Dominican nun and feminist, Sister Diana Santleben is helping refugee women find their feet and their voice in a new land, teaching them to read and write in their mother tongue. Many of these women are illiterate so she runs Dari, Arabic and Pashto classes at Zara’s House in Newcastle. “Teach a boy to read and you educate a man. Teach a girl to read and you educate a family, a nation, and the future.”

Sister Di is driven by her passion to educate migrant and refugee women and create meaningful connections for these women in their local community.

Read the full article in Newcastle Live here: