Supporting Indigenous mothers with a comic full of childcare lessons

To realise the vision of life in all its fullness for every child, World Vision partners not only with communities around the world but also with Indigenous communities here in Australia.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are working hard to overcome disadvantage and secure a better future for their children. And with support from generous Linking Hands donors, World Vision is able to work alongside them to create long-term change.

World Vision has been partnering with remote Warlpiri communities in the Northern Territory since 2008 to support their commitment to nurture healthy, happy and strong children.

The strength of this partnership was evident when World Vision joined Willowra community to celebrate the recent launch of the Waninjawarnu​1 Social Comic. The publication on Indigenous baby-care - incorporating community members' contributions - is a valuable resource for Warlpiri parents.

It follows four mums-to-be as they experience pregnancy, childbirth and bringing baby home. Their contrasting experiences feature a variety of challenges, which they work through to provide the best possible care for their children. Also featured in the story is an Indigenous baby-care officer, who helps each of the women on their journey into motherhood.

The comic was written and created by members of the Willowra community, in partnership with World Vision, Willowra Health Clinic and the Warlpiri Education and Training Trust2 Advisory Committee. The community deliberately chose the format to ensure the message is accessible and engaging for young mothers.

Linking Hands also assists Warlpiri communities in running their early childhood program. Through playgroups combining Indigenous and non-Indigenous ways of learning, the program prepares children for formal education.

Parents also get involved, accessing information about childcare and nutrition, and local Indigenous workers get nationally recognised childcare qualifications so they can continue the work themselves.

The many World Vision staff members attending the launch celebrations were excited to mark another step towards a brighter future for Warlpiri people.

Find out more about partnering with Indigenous communities in projects that help them overcome disadvantage through Linking Hands.

1 Waninjawarnu is the necklace that Warlpiri women make for their newborn babies.

2 The Warlpiri Education and Training Trust (WETT) is a local Indigenous group that manages funds and organises community projects. WETT, along with the Central Land Council, invited World Vision to partner with them in the WETT Early Childhood Care and Development Project.

The Waninjawarnu Social Comic supports Warlpiri parents in caring for their young children.