We did it!
Together we raised $31,206 - exceeding our goal of $30,000. Thank you for the aroha and support New Zealand. We look forward to you joining us at our table early 2019!
Home Kitchen aims to help Hamilton's former refugees
While still in its infancy, the social enterprise aspires to become an authentic dining experience that will help refugees gain employment experience and get more involved in the Kiwi way of life.
Home Kitchen is the brainchild of Tania Jones who was inspired while volunteering at a refugee camp in Greece last year.
Waikato woman uses food to help refugees integrate into New Zealand culture
Newshub article by Wilhelmina Shrimpton, 01/12/2018.
They say home is where the heart is and if that's the case, then there's a lot of heart in the kitchen of one Hamilton cafe.
"Food is absolutely a universal language - I think if you look across many different cultures, food is a constant," former Red Cross volunteer Tania Jones told Newshub.
The heartbreaking image that spurred a Hamilton woman to help refugees
The shocking photo of a three year old Syrian refugee washed up on a Turkish beach broke hearts of people around the world.
For Hamilton woman Tania Jones, it not only broke her heart but it inspired her to go help the influx of refugees landing on the shores of Lesbos in Greece.
"Like everyone else I was watching the Syrian refugee crisis unfold. That image of the boy that was found drowned on the shore and that got my attention and I spent a year or so going 'what can I be doing'."
A kitchen celebrating former refugees
A Waikato social enterprise aims to tap into the culinary skills of recently arrived refugees to establish a pop up restaurant.
Hamiltonian Tania Jones met some of these refugees when she was volunteering in Greece. When she came home she decided more needed to be done to support those refugees living in her community. Tania has set up a PledgeMe campaign with the aim of raising $30,000 for the Home Kitchen project.