Mental health is a severe issue for refugees, exacerbated by those experiencing unemployment, food insecurity, language barriers, or lacking a sense of belonging in their adoptive community. Left unaddressed this can lead to health, social, and economic problems affecting the wider community.
Fairfield is home to a particularly high proportion of refugee, asylum seeker, and migrant families.
Using sustainable practices, the Parent’s Cafe Community Garden at Fairfield High School provides local refugees access physical activity and learning. The therapeutic benefits of gardening are well recognised to support trauma recovery and wellbeing.
Having a say in what is grown, a variety of crops will be sewn including those popular from participants’ traditional cultures.
Working in the garden allows time to socialise, build work skills, confidence, increase food security and connection to their new country, which all support a successful settlement journey.
A Gift of just…
$100 buys seedlings for 10 garden beds
$500 secures soil fertiliser for the project
$1,000 will afford facilitator expenses for 10 sessions
Project Funding Goal = $11,000