Aprim and Flora Kushaba emigrated to Australia in 1971 and 1973. They each left their native city of Baghdad to settle Aprim says "in a principally Christian Community".
They settled in Melbourne and in 1977 they married and decided to make their permanent home in Sydney.
Prior to gaining accommodation in St Mary’s Village they rented on the private market for 11 years in the Fairfield area, meeting many Assyrian migrants in the area many of whom were suffering housing stress because of high rents in the area.
In 2009 Aprim and Flora applied for tenancy in a project under development in Smithfield that was being built by the Assyrian Church and would be managed by Ecclesia Housing.
They were delighted in April 2011 to be offered a two bedroom property and immediately moved in, adopting a mischievous Lorrikeet (Chucky).
Aprim and Flora say they feel blessed to be living in a beautiful new unit, in a community that is close to their church where they are able to hear their son Father John preach each Sunday.
Aprims wish is that the Church continues to work with the government and Ecclesia Housing to make more housing available to elderly people.