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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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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.

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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

Sydney Dinner 2018 version 2

Please join us for our annual Sydney dinner on Saturday 2 June at the Heritage-listed Moore Park Golf House. With special guests from India Annie Namala and Paul Divakar. The wonderful Verity Firth as MC. It’s bound to be a great night!

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Our second Melbourne Winter Banquet will be held on Friday 15 June at the beautiful Abbortford Convent! Come warm yourselves with us at our gala dinner and enjoy stories of hope and resilience from Ali Reza Yunespour, former refugee and our Afghanistan schools program.

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Can you help us raise $8000 for programs to educate and empower girls and young women? Club Rafiki runs proven programs – using dance and music to connect with young people and draw them into the Club’s sexual health and other programs. This year they want to ramp up their work targeting girls and young women.

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