Indigenous Empowerment Gifts

Indigenous Empowerment Gifts

These gifts come with the power to support Indigenous Australian communities to create sustainable change and reach shared goals. With gifts including Early learning for Indigenous children, Maternal health education and Job training for Indigenous women, your gift can help empower Indigenous Australians to provide vital services to their communities and ensure their children live long, healthy lives. 

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Toys for learning

Educational toys for playgroups can help support children to become school ready, stimulate their young minds and prepare them for a future filled with learning success. The power of play can:

  • set a solid foundation for a lifetime of learning;
  • support early childhood development; and
  • instill learning behaviours at an early age while creating a fun environment.

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Early learning for Indigenous children

Community playgroups are vital to early childhood support and education. Conducted in both traditional language and English to increase “both-ways” learning – your gift will help ensure Indigenous children get the best start in life.

  • Locally run playgroups provide support for parents and help young Indigenous children reach their developmental milestones.
  • Investment in a child’s early years is a long-term investment in their future.
  • Children are engaged in “both-ways” learning which is education and play conducted in both traditional language and English.

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Maternal health education

Support Indigenous mothers and children through maternal health education. Linking local health professionals with early childhood services helps to raise strong, vibrant and healthy children.

  • Teaches birth preparedness to pregnant women.
  • Provides access to life-saving maternal health services.
  • Includes education around breastfeeding, diet and disease prevention throughout pregnancy.

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Job training for Indigenous women

Through training and mentoring, Indigenous Australian women can gain the skills and knowledge necessary to become early childhood development workers and provide a vital service in their communities while nurturing future generations.

  • Indigenous Australian women can help children grow in awareness regarding their language and culture while reaching essential child development milestones.
  • Trained early childhood development workers provide a vital service to children and families in their communities.
  • This gift helps to empower Indigenous Australian women through education.

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Cultural connection

Reconnect urban Indigenous youth with their culture and help them build life skills and learn from community elders while empowering them with the tools to lead, thrive and fulfil their potential. Help build a brighter future for young Indigenous Australians.

  • Forging a cultural identity is central to the social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous youth.
  • This gift helps to build future leaders and future role models within schools and communities.
  • It helps to create an environment where young people can build confidence, challenge difficulties and experience their culture firsthand.

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Foundations for lifelong learning

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In 13 remote locations across Australia, World Vision is partnering with First Nations communities to run playgroups for children aged 0-5. These are places where access to early childhood education is a critical need. 

Alongside parents and caregivers, trained playgroup facilitators are helping to prepare young First Nations children for big school.  

By using toys for learning, the children begin to recognise letters and numbers, learn routine and how to focus on tasks.  

Jaidene is among mothers attending the Jigalong Playgroup with her toddler Josephine. The pair have been coming to playgroup since Josephine was a newborn. 

“I like Josephine to play with the other kids and for myself, to catch up with the other mothers,” explained Jaidene. 

“First Josephine was shy, now she isn’t. She’s getting to know the other kids. She talks more too. She is starting to share, yeah, she’s learnt how to share ... Since coming to playgroup, I sing to Josephine now, and read her books at home.” 

The playgroups prioritise “both ways” learning, which is strong in mainstream approaches to education as well as ensuring the children also learn in their native language and about their traditional culture. 

When you purchase a gift to empower Indigenous Australians, you will be supporting First Nations families and communities to lead their own development and build a brighter future for their children.  


The impact of your donation


playgroup sessions and 20 family bush trips were delivered in 10 communities in Western Australia in 2018.


Indigenous Australian women are employed in World Vision-supported early childhood development services and 23 are in training.


schools in NSW and Victoria engaged in our Young Mob program in 2018, with 388 students taking part.

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For every gift purchased, you’ll receive a beautiful card to give to your friends and family that describes how their gift is helping children and communities in need.