GALLERY: Cafe at Mamre House bridges the gap

A monthly pop-up cafe is serving up a taste of Africa at Mamre House.

It started as a pilot program with a UWS student last November to increase the employment prospects of female refugees and migrants involved with the centre's programs.

The cafe was so popular it has returned this year on the second Thursday of the month, made possible by funding from Westpac Community Grants.

The women involved are from countries such as Libya, Sudan and Burma.

The menu is made from fresh produce grown from the farm at Orchard Hills.

"The pop-up cafe allows the women to be in a leadership role," Mamre House chief executive Rosemary Bishop said.

"They choose the menu and train other people how to cook their national dish and carry on their culture.

"People from the community get to have a chat with the refugees. It's not hard to see and understand other people's worlds through food."

Mamre House celebrated Refugee Week last week to coincide with the monthly pop-up cafe.

A $5000 community cheque from SITA was presented to Mamre House to help refugees grow their native produce and adapt their agricultural skills to the Australian environment.

"The grant will assist us to enhance our community farm and garden through upgrades to garden beds and improvements to on-site composting activities, as well as an upgrade to the irrigation system," Ms Bishop said.

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