COVID-19 has hit everyone hard but for a community that pre-pandemic had the highest suiside rates and unrest the issue is growing at a rapid rate and government funding has been pushed to mainstream initiatives leaving a cultural gap that needs our help to address urgently.
Our project aim is to improve the lives and wellbeing of young indiginous youths in Australia. We know that the Australian justice system represents a high number of youths from this culture and this impacts education and support for these young people. We have been working directly with the community and engaging them with assessing their needs and this includes bringing new spaces available for young people to engage with each other, services and support breaking the expected route of crime or mental health issues.
This project has a strong plan that has been worked on directly with the youths and community members as we aim to empower them to ensure the success of the project however COVID-19 has seen lockdownsm, delays and a large decrease in funding for our project. We now appeal to our network to help us fundraise enough funds to kick start this project before the end of 2020 as the need is now greater than ever.
A report led by the University of Western Australia has played a key role in outlining the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, revealing that the pandemic has put many Indigenous Australians at risk of severe psychological distress.
The Australian government has identified the social and wellbeing impact of COVID-19 and a number of funding has been made available but this funding has been pushed towards mainstream initiatives and support networks across Australia that are not accessed by the Indigenous communities. Therefore our project is essential to saving and protecting lives.
Thank you for your donation and supporting our project, every penny is going towards upskilling the youths of our communities and we invite you to share and help us to continue to fundraise for this project, particularly through this challenging time for us all.
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Australian Indigenous Youths