Joy over first home buy

Board members of the Jireh Foundation together with Sisters of the Holy Name with the Bieth family. Picture: JANINE EASTGATE, EASTGATE PHOTOGRAPHY.

A Sudanese family is celebrating the purchase of their very first home in Clyde North, which they have described as “overwhelming.”

The Bieth family moved into their home – a new three bedroom detached home on Friday 27 July – courtesy of a joint partnership between the Jireh Foundation, Bendigo Bank and themselves.

It is the first Sudanese family the Jireh Foundation has assisted in purchasing their own home.

“My family and I feel overwhelmed by this, we never thought something like this could be possible but the Lord has made this possible,” said the eldest daughter, Achok Bieth.

“The fact that the house is ours, we own it, we have the responsibility to take care of the house and it’s something we can pass down to our children,” she said.

The Jireh Foundation was formed this year following multiple appeals to former Anglican Diocese of Melbourne Multicultural Coordinator Reverend Glenn Buijs.

“The vast majority of the requests came from within African communities. It became obvious a long-term strategic response was needed to a growing problem of housing affordability for refugee migrants,” he said.

Reverend Buijis said the Community of the Holy Name provided the Jireh Foundation with an initial grant of $500,000 which he hopes will further assist more migrant and refugee families of breaking into the housing market.

The Community Banking Sector of Bendigo Bank has also provided the much needed third party to facilitate the Jireh Foundation as an equity provider and banker.

“We hope and expect that now that the Jireh Foundation is fully operational, we will assist a minimum of four families annually to acquire a new home,” said Reverend Buijis.

Achok said her family felt like outsiders when they first stepped foot in Australia on August 2006, arriving into Melbourne.

“Owning a house in Australia is important to us because it allows us to feel like ‘Australians,” she says.

“It makes us feel like we are carrying our own weight and doing something for ourselves, so that we can stand in pride and sing ‘Advance Australia Fair’.”


  1. Its a pitty more Australians are not assisted to getting into affordable housing to call their own.Its not just immigrants that feel like outsiders in this country.Many people in this country have to move out of their rental homes because they are being sold or the rental costs rise .Moving from place to place cost money ,takes its toll on your furniture and creates instability and insecurity.Many people born in Australia who have worked and even faught for this country, are not even considered for affordable housing because the waiting times for this housing is so long, whilst immigration is a priority.I am sure any of these people who are deliberately being neglected ,would be most happy just to be given an affordable home to rent which they know they will not have to move out of in the next one or two years following. They certainly would not expect a new home funded so that they can afford to buy it and call it their own home.

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    • Well said Elaine and will they have a job to pay of the loan, or is the loan free as well. I am 56 and still renting. Me and my wife have been told we are to old to get a housing loan and I cant even get a job. I have skills for my type of work and have had great interviews but for some reason cannot get a job, and yet I see Africans and indians constantly getting jobs. I am four generation Australian butt it seems I am now on the scrap heap. I thought this country was about giving a fair go , but if you are born here bad luck. This government should bow its head in shame, They have ruined a once beautiful country. Lucky country MY ASS. I was once proud to be an Aussie but not anymore. I feel like the outsider.

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  2. This is the dictionary definition of racism. Imagine the outcry if a bank gave out interest free zones only to white people. There would be mass protests. Give me a break!!

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  3. Nice to feel yet again that I don’t belong in my home country.

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  4. Considering that I am about to be homeless this just makes me cry. I am closing my account with Bendigo

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  5. after paying taxes for 25 years . being a white middle aged male I cant get a deposit free home loan ..its not being racist but we have needy here in Australia befor we import immigrants and put them in front of our own citizens . this is a disgrace to all hard working ,tax paying voters .

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  6. WOW,what can you say to that ? I have a question.Where is mine ? Oh that’s right i was born here.I can’t be selfish now can i ? I apologize to all those out there that actually deserve a hand out like this.SHAME SHAME SHAME

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  7. Forgot to mention,“It makes us feel like we are carrying our own weight and doing
    something for ourselves, so that we can stand in pride and sing ‘Advance
    Australia Fair’.” FN UNFAIR

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  8. What a wonderful initiative from the Jireh Foundation and Bendigo Bank. The only thing this family lacked was the deposit. They seem to have qualified for the loan in every other respect, and are able to meet the repayments AND interest. Once the Jireh Foundation provide the deposit the family is in the same position as everyone else.
    Great contribution to a multi-cultural Austrailia!!

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