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Rahamim make an impact on Mercy Connect

Branching Out crew with Jen from Rahamim, learning to compost.


Rahamim Ecology Centre is an environmental education, spirituality and advocacy ministry of the Institute. They are sharing their wealth of knowledge with Mercy Connect as they continue to explore the potential of their Down to Earth project to implement the seven sustainability principles of ISMAPNG.


Earlier this year Jen Ringbauer, from Rahamim, ran two free workshops at Mercy Connect Albury to help Mercy Connect move forward on their path to sustainability.


The afternoon sessions included composting, where the Branching Out and Work crews learnt about composting and its benefits. The Branching Out crew come together five days a week to undertake gardening, lawn mowing, furniture removal and other general handyman activities at Mercy Connect and out and about in the community to develop pre-employment skills. A second session was held for any participants and staff that were interested in making sourdough and Kombucha for the first time.


Peter, Robbie and Daniel learning to compost


Jen is the Sustainability Educator at Rahamim Ecology Centre based in Bathurst and is helping Mercy Connect undertake more sustainable and environmental practices in their everyday work environment. Jen has been working with the teams from Orange and Albury to implement a strategy that we can put in place for the next 10 years.


As part of the Institute there is a real push for a focus on sustainability, one that Mercy Connect are embracing and really hope to move forward with. The partnership with Rahamim compliments this with plans being developed to become more self-sufficient.


Mercy Connect participants and staff learning to make sourdough and kombucha at the on-site café.


Rahamim will work with Mercy Connect specifically to transform Day program outlets in Albury where there is the push to develop organic vegetable gardens and sell the produce at markets, harvesting seeds for and then growing local native seedlings to sell on, creating sensory gardens and animal husbandry.


Jen also visited Mercy Connect Orange earlier in the year where they plan for an orchard and vegetable patch (which will be fed by worm juice from their own worm garden and chook poo from their chooks) so they can follow their dream of being self-sustainable through providing fruit and vegetables for the outlets. A sensory garden is also in the works.


Daniel from the Branching Out crew watering down the compost heap


Messages to: Jasmine Campellari, Mercy Connect