Success will be achieved when a baby born in Lockhart River has as much opportunity to succeed in life as a child born elsewhere in Australia.
The Puuya Foundation is an award-winning organisation dedicated to delivering life-changing programs for the remote Aboriginal community of Lockhart River in Cape York, by fostering the emergence of “everyday leaders”, members of the community with the capacity, skills and vision to drive change - and sustain it.
A key initiative identified and driven by the community is the Kuunchi Kakana (families together) Centre, delivering the best possible start for babies and children through its early years learning, parenting, family and leadership programs.
The sudden, tragic loss of the Centre's Manager, an inspiring, dedicated local community leader, has compounded the ongoing challenge of finding, training and engaging committed staff from a tiny community, with a proportionately small number of qualified and available workers.
The Foundation needs urgent support to continue this life-changing program and developing our everyday leaders through to the end of 2018.
We need to recruit an experienced manager to perform the extensive range of tasks required of the Centre Manager role, potentially relocate them to Lockhart River, and provide the necessary training and mentoring to work successfully in the community. We also need to engage and train temporary early childhood and other workers while the recruitment and training process occurs to ensure Kuunchi Kakana continues to operate.
It also requires the Foundation to identify, train and develop local community members for ongoing roles - a core part of the Foundation’s mission to develop, empower and employ local people for local jobs.
We need to raise $60,000 to complete all these recruitment and training tasks and to ensure our ongoing operations until the end of 2018.
Please help us as we forge ahead, working with the community to help them develop their own bright future, and continuing to build the outstanding work begun by the founding Manager of our Centre.