We work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in rural, remote and urban Australia. We work with communities who have invited us to join them in achieving positive and lasting change.
Our current projects include:
Young Mob Leaders Program (YMLP)*
Young Mob is a school curriculum that supports the empowerment of young Aboriginal people to confidently engage with the world and develop strong connections within and across their communities. The project has grown from a public-speaking activity into a comprehensive program that helps to promote youth leadership, life skills, identity and connection to culture. Planning is currently underway for geographic and sectoral expansion of the program in high need areas where young people are at risk of disengaging from school and potentially coming into contact with the juvenile justice system.
Warlpiri Early Childhood Care & Development (ECCD)*
Central Australia (NT)
Warlpiri communities have a vision for happy, healthy, strong children who are learning from their parents, strong in their language and culture and reaching important child development milestones. World Vision partners with the Warlpiri Education and Training Trust (WETT) to improve the health and wellbeing of children aged 0-5 years to reach their social, intellectual, spiritual and physical needs through the support of parents and carers and better early childhood services.
Pilbara Early Childhood Care & Development (ECCD)*
World Vision supports Indigenous Australian children and their families in the East Pilbara to access quality early childhood care and education, information and opportunities. Activities through playgroups support children to learn from their parents, connect to culture and grow up healthy, happy and strong. This is an innovative partnership between the Martu communities and World Vision Australia.
Martu Leadership Program*
World Vision and Aboriginal organisation, Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ), are working towards positive and sustainable social outcomes for the Martu through a leadership program that builds governance and leadership competencies in Martu people at the interface of the mainstream and Martu worlds.
Karlka Nyiyaparli Aboriginal Corporation (the local Aboriginal Corporation for Nyiyaparli Traditional Owners) has invited World Vision to partner in the development of a comprehensive Education and Youth Strategy. This will enable them to maximise mining benefits to bring about improved educational outcomes for Nyiyaparli children and youth.
Western Desert Community Development
A regional programming framework to guide World Vision’s partnering and investment in the region – this program incorporates the Red Ochre, Pilbara ECCD and Martu Leadership projects.
Indigenous Development Effectiveness Initiative (IDEI)
The first initiative under the Memorandum of Understanding on Indigenous Development Effectiveness between World Vision and the Australian Government, signed in late 2012. The IDEI is a strategic initiative to examine, inform and influence government policy and practice across the Indigenous Affairs ‘system’ so that the system supports and enables effective, locally-driven development by Indigenous Australians.
Faith and Development
World Vision is exploring how the Australia Program can consider Indigenous spirituality and world views in its programming for more effective community development.
Faith in Reconciliation
World Vision has partnered with Reconciliation Australia to develop a new program designed to guide churches in building strong and respectful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities. The Faith in Reconciliation Toolkit for Action supports churches on a journey of learning, self-discovery and practical, community-based action. World Vision is committed to reconciliation and sees this initiative as one of the many ways it can contribute to strengthening relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
*Projects marked with an asterisk are Linking Hands supported (tax deductible projects)