Despite living in one of the world's most developed nations, many of Australia's Indigenous children face the same injustices as those living in the developing world. Life expectancy at birth for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders is 11.5 years less than other Australians for males and 9.7 years less for females. Indigenous children continue to experience a variety of inequalities throughout childhood.
Compassion Australia is committed to supporting our nation's most marginalised people groups to overcome disadvantage and build a more just and inclusive Australia. We have partnered with an Indigenous church and community in North Queensland and Indigenous Ministry Links Australia to operate a Christian holistic early childhood development centre. The centre helps encourage improved child development and a successful transition into the local public school system for participating children through a structured, developmentally-based playgroup. About 30 children, from birth to five years of age, and their caregivers are engaged in the program.
This work is funded through our Necessitous Circumstances Fund. Our Indigenous Australia Program is not based on a sponsorship model and so it is not possible to sponsor a child in this program.
- Contact us to find out more about the Indigenous Australia Program