Our Mission Statement

‘To support asylum seekers, refugees, migrant workers and their families; and to facilitate their integration into the community’.

A Brief History

KASI was set up in 2000 by the Parish Council of St. Mary’s Cathedral.  Members also include representatives of the other two churches in Killarney – Methodist and Church of Ireland, representatives from other community groups, individuals and Asylum Seekers.

In 2003, KASI received funding from the EU through European Refugee Fund to enable the group to operate a professional drop-in/resource centre for Asylum Seekers and to employ a Project Coordinator.  As the work of KASI evolved and developed, KASI extended its support and services to Refugees, Migrant Workers and their families and other Migrants in Killarney.  Hence, KASI changed its name to Killarney Immigrant Support Centre. Members of KASI decided to keep ‘KASI’ as its legal name.

Support Services and Activities

  • Drop-in service (open 4 days a week)
  • Free Information
  • Help with filling in forms
  • Advocacy
  • Outreach work to DP Centres in Killarney
  • Awareness raising in schools and local community
  • English classes
  • Homework support
  • Information sessions on certain topics
  • Training and workshops
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Various activities for Asylum Seeker children in DP
  • Intercultural events

KASI is also running an outreach service in Drishane Direct Provision Centre in Millstreet, Co. Cork, supporting families and individuals in the hostel.  The project is funded by HSE – South.

Our Aims and Objectives

  • To provide a multi functional space for drop-ins, meetings, coordination, training and intercultural events
  • To provide information relevant to the needs of the service users
  • To plan and implement various activities to include education, language support, health, social and intercultural events
  • To provide support to families in direct provisions
  • To undertake awareness raising work in the local community on asylum seeker and general immigration issues; and engage in advocacy work
  • To liaise with local agencies, through referrals, joints initiatives and enhance service provision
  • Network with other relevant agencies / service providers, sharing best practice and contribute to policy development.

Our Staff

  • Marilyn Catapat-Counihan – KASI Coordinator
  • Joni Kelly – Family Support and Outreach Worker
  • Susan Tugwell – School Canteen Supervisor
  • Huda Albayati – Kitchen Staff
  • Shagufta Tubsam – Kitchen Staff
  • Vlasta Conkova – Kitchen Staff
  • Mike Riordan – Development Worker, Drishane, Millstreet
  • Karen Fleming – After School Homework Support Staff, Drishane, Millstreet
  • Caroline Kileen – After School Homework Support Staff, Drishane Millstreet

Community Scheme Staff

  • Majella O’Sullivan – KASI Charity Shop and school canteen
  • Flori – KASI Charity Shop
  • Dominic – KASI Charity shop
  • Mary – KASI Charity Shop

TUS

  • Andrei – KASI Community Garden
  • Raed – School kitchen assistant

Our Board of Directors

  • Sheila Casey – Chairperson
  • Bernadette Osterloh – Deputy Chair
  • Olga Ncube – Treasurer
  • Brian Lougheed – Director
  • Jane Brennan – Director
  • Julianne Prendevile – Director
  • Danitza Houlihan – Director
  • Dr. Anthony Cronin – Director
  • Rev. Karen Spence – Director
  • Sr. Joan Crowley – Director
  • Michael Gleeson – Director

Other Supporters and Funders

  • Killarney Parish (Catholic Church) for providing the site for the garden and on going support
  • Little Company of Mary
  • Presentation Nuns
  • St. Stephen’s Green Trust
  • South Kerry Development Partnership

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