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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.



our community partners


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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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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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.

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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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Check out this video made by a group of young people at Club Rafiki about our partnership in Rwanda. The video is longer than the usual 45 second social media share but is a powerful look at the transformative programs Club Rafiki run and that we are proud to support – from the urban dance school, to sexual and reproductive health outreach, testing and counselling programs, to english language workshops and the ‘Our Girls’ program

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A hand washing station set up in the Madurai slums by our partner, Mahalir Sakthi

JUNE 2020 APPEAL: Your support will help local partners confront the health and livelihood impacts of COVID-19.  Right now, in the face of enormous challenges, our partners are mobilising to help their communities navigate the pandemic – setting up community hand-washing stations, educating about sanitation and social distancing, meeting the demands of a rising wave of women experiencing family and sexual violence and ensuring that the most vulnerable women and children have their basic needs met at the height of the crisis.


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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indigo foundation turns 20 in 2020. We have a small team of three part-time staff and rely heavily on a diverse and highly skilled group of volunteers. We are excited to introduce the newest member of our team, Peggy Dano, supporting our partnerships in Indonesia.