Baabayn Aboriginal Corporation –
Keeping a Good Thing Going, Mt Druitt
Mercy Works is proud of our partnership over a number of years with Baabayn Aboriginal Corporation in Mt Druitt. By supporting a Child Care project in the western suburbs of Sydney, Mercy Works has enabled the Baabayn Aboriginal Corporation to provide a program each Wednesday.
Here, Indigenous mums and bubs gather for three hours each week and enjoy a culturally sensitive program to contribute to an Aboriginal-led movement for better outcomes for First Nations women and children.
The centre nurtures local Aboriginal mums’ confidence, self-esteem, spirituality and cultural knowledge in a supportive and healing environment – and aims to reduce the likelihood of intervention by child protection authorities.
The weekly bubs group engages small children with a vision of “healthy happy jarjums” with a secure sense of their identity both as Aboriginal children and as cherished members of their family.
Baabayn also promotes networking and partnerships, parenting skills, social and emotional well-being, community development and Aboriginal empowerment.
This program engages local Aboriginal families with services through a community worker and supportive networks. Young mums, who are often the household manager, take control of their lives with greater confidence and competence. They gain skill to navigate services such as Centrelink and other government agencies, and they have a greater awareness of their legal rights.
With growing recognition Aboriginal self-determination is the best antidote, this project proudly works toward Aboriginal self-empowerment, working to end the cycle of intergenerational trauma.
St Mary’s, Bowraville
Yaanyji Ngalan – Walking Together
This project aims to further support the improved experience for students in the areas of culture and wellbeing at St Mary’s Primary School, Bowraville, which currently educates 57 children across the Nambucca Valley.
Children at the school come from all walks of life with a number of families coming from low socio-economic homes, where family life, can at times be dire. 60% are Indigenous.
Yaanyji Ngalan hopes to improve their relationship with the local Gumbaynggirr community through the role of an Indigenous Mentor in the school community, who will connect with community organisations to create further opportunities for Indigenous learners.
The project aims to target families who have considerable difficulty in providing for their children. This includes resources to support early literacy, personal care, healthy living and hygiene, as well as establishing a space in the school for these families to meet.
These children are further provided for in the way of resources to support their cultural and wellbeing development as well as a holiday camp to experience opportunities on country.
The planned outcomes include:
- An improved plan and opportunity for students to engage with cultural activities within the school context and in the wider community.
- For children to have increased sense of self in their culture and an improved measure in their own wellbeing.
- To continue to improve connections with community and be an educational environment where community relationships are embedded and protected.
- To create a shared gathering safe space – the Yarning Space garden.