Prosper kitchen opens its doors
“We’re thrilled to be able to show our donors, in person, what their generosity is helping to build,” Foundation CEO Reba Meagher said.
Sisters, staff and donors also had the opportunity to speak at length with community kitchen regulars who wholeheartedly value the services that Prosper provides.
Prosper (Project Australia) is a multi-award-winning small community organisation that aims to support disadvantaged children and their families.
Its community kitchen program gives those experiencing poverty and homelessness access to a free kitchen facility, cooking equipment, storage containers and fresh ingredients to prepare healthy meals for their families. It also organises other services like clothing and necessities drives, kids’ playgroups and more.
Prosper’s Karen Craigie said the kitchen has been a marvellous platform for community-building and increasing the dignity of those who are isolated or disadvantaged.”
Mum-of-four Clare is a community kitchen regular.
“Everyone said, ‘have kids, have them close together, it’ll be really good,’ but they never said how busy and crazy it can get,” she said.
“Prosper provides you with toiletries, with nappies – they’re such a big expense as a parent. It’s so invaluable to me.”
Raumanu is stay-at-home mum to four girls who came to Australia from Fiji 20 years ago. She first heard about Prosper when she was trying to help a homeless man who lived in a park near her house.
“I try to take him food once a week; I thought eventually I could get him to come here too,” she explains. “But when I came [to the community kitchen] I liked it. I don’t have many family members in Australia so this gives me a sense of community, to be able to meet with people.”
Aside from working as facilitator in Prosper’s parenting programs, Dima helps run the community kitchen days. She came to Australia from Syria six years ago and found the transition difficult.
“I have a passion to help people because I’m trying to have them not go through what I went through,” she says.