Strong partnerships, strong community voices and local solutions for local needs – empowering people to run the programs that they want to see – creating a brighter future for their children.
As a child-focused agency, World Vision works for the best interests of children. We do this by supporting families and communities to gain the knowledge, skills and access to services they need to achieve their goals and overcome disadvantages.
History of Australia Programs
World Vision first worked with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Australians in 1974 and our involvement has continued to grow.
Early projects included supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christian leaders through leadership conferences and small grant funding for individuals from the Aboriginal Evangelical Fellowship.
We went on to provide training and seed funding for community development programs and became involved in advocacy and reconciliation.
Through the 1990s, we began to support programs addressing Indigenous drug and alcohol abuse, health promotion, art and income generation, business development and training in personnel management.
Linking Hands for a brighter future
Today, Australia Programs focus on linking hands with communities and working together to find local solutions for local needs.
Our combined efforts address:
- child-focused development
- early childhood education
- youth leadership
- healthy food supply
- home ownership
- governance (developing the structures, processes and people that help create good decision making)
- socio-economic development
- training in how to assess if development activities are working (making sure that all segments of a community can have their say)
Our work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities takes place in rural, remote and urban Australia. It is only initiated when a community invites us to work with them.
In 2012, there are nine projects underway across Australia. Our 60 years of international development experience helps to inform the work we do here in Australia. We deeply value our partnerships with Indigenous communities and are grateful to all those who support them.
Partnerships and funding
Funding for Australia Programs activities comes from many sources, including from our Linking Hands supporters. Funds raised via Linking Hands contribute to the work communities are already undertaking and in many cases funding themselves.
Funding partners for this work include:
- community-led organisations (such as the Warlpiri Education and Training Trust);
- government departments (such as the Department of Families and Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs);
- non-government organisations and industry (such as BHP Billiton Iron Ore).
This partnership arrangement of funding aids genuine community ownership of projects. All parties contribute skills, knowledge, efforts and finances to ensure success.
Become a Linking Hands supporter today and contribute to World Vision’s work with Australian Indigenous communities. You can help to make a lasting difference in the lives of Indigenous children and their communities.