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We are a small, innovative and independent community development organisation based in Australia. Community led and volunteer based, we look at development differently – we commit ourselves to long term respectful partnerships and use an approach which values community ownership, sustainability, transparency and equity.

 

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our community partners

Education

Our Budaka project in Eastern Uganda supports the education, well-being and social inclusion of orphans and vulnerable children impacted by HIV.

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WOMEN&CHILDREN

We support the health and wellbeing of women and children in Rote, Indonesia through targeted education and food security programs.

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We work with refugee communities in Australia to support education and empowerment programs in Jirghai in Afghanistan and Wedweil in South Sudan.

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END OF FINANCIAL YEAR APPEAL: A huge thank you to all of our generous community of supporters who gave to our EOFY appeal. We reached our target of $76,500 by 30 June – which will be a huge boost to our programs that educate and empower women and girls and build strong and inclusive grassroots organisations.

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To celebrate over 15 years of partnership with Lua Lemba in the arid remote island of Rote, Indonesia, we made this video to mark the impact of the program across health, education, women’s empowerment and culture.

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Nasima Rahmani, Director of our longterm partner in Kabul, the Women’s Empowerment Centre, was interviewed by Patricia Karvelas on ABC RN Drive program about the advances made – and threats looming – for women in Afghanistan.

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latest events

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The 2017 travel raffle! Start planning your dream holiday. First prize is a $5000 travel voucher, 2nd prize is two nights for four people in the Hunter Valley. $25 per ticket and only 800 tickets printed. New draw date 23 November.

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Join our hosts for the night Virginia Haussegger, Alex Sloan and Janet Jeffs for a night of fun and laughter, fine food and fine wine as the sun sets over Canberra at our annual Canberra dinner on Saturday 21 October – this year at the Arboretum with a fantastic guest speaker from Indonesia Nani Zulminarni.

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In May 2017, we had the privilege of cohosting a visit to Australia by Dr Sima Samar, the Chair of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, Nobel Prize nominee and first Afghan Minister for Women. Watch this video of indigo foundation Chair Sally Stevenson in conversation with Dr Samar in Sydney on 20 May.

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