Project Dignity COVID-19 Crisis Relief Program

The Project Dignity Crisis Relief program was created to provide support to refugee students and their families who are seeking asylum in Australia. In this current situation of increased isolation many of these people have lost their jobs with little or no likelihood of finding employment. With COVID-19 restrictions most of them have do not have sufficient basic provisions to survive nor are they eligible for any Government assistance. Our priority is to provide access to sufficient food and essentials for them.

We have established a partnership with Hope Co-op and together we currently are able to offer support to refugee students and their families, over 160 individuals in more than 50 households across Melbourne, with donations of fresh and non perishable food and some requested items such as clothing, blankets, and furniture. We have also been able to support The Salvation Army Asylum Seeker Support Service in Brunswick.

The recipients have not only appreciated the nutritious tasty meals but also the awareness that as a community we care about them.

A huge thank-you to:

  • Generous donors who provide the money to enable us to purchase in bulk non perishable foods and other essentials. Thank you also for the vouchers and donations of other foods and items.
  • Wonderful cooks, with the help of TBI’s Take Them a Meal Program, who so far have cooked more than 2000 nutritious meals
  • Sewing volunteers who have created masks to ensure compliance and increased safety for our vulnerable students and their families during the compulsory heightened COVID-19 restrictions
  • TBI, Mazon Australia, Port Philip Community Group (City of Port Phillip) ‘Share the Food Program’, and Sourdoughmain for their ongoing support

The plight of those seeking asylum in Australia during Covid-19 continues to be of great concern and the need for the continuation of our relief program continues for the forseeable future. Going forward we need to find ways to continue this important work

How you can help

We would greatly appreciate any of the following:

  • Financial donations:
  • Donations of non-perishable food such as cooking oil, tea, coffee, sugar, honey, canned tomatoes, Basmati rice, lentils, chickpeas, red kidney beans, biscuits, chocolates, toiletries and feminine hygiene products
  • Supermarket vouchers
  • Cooked Meals- we deliver approximately 200 meals each week

Please contact us for more information or to get involved:

Elly Brooks 0409 002 485, Nicole Brown 0425 774712

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