Since its launch in 2011, Yaru Water has always been committed to sharing an important cultural message, closing the gap between indigenous and non indigenous Australians, whilst supporting indigenous organisations and community projects. In 2016 Yaru Water decided to set up a dedicated not for profit Foundation, that enabled us to provide our skills, time and resources, to increase our impact.
Through the purchase of Yaru Water and with kind donations, grants, and corporate support, the Yaru Foundation allows us to establish vital projects in disadvantaged indigenous communities throughout Australia. We have clear objectives that are at the heart of the Foundation…
Since Yaru Water began it has contributed towards, and supported numerous indigenous programs and events in Australia including, The Cape York Girl Academy (in partnership with Westpac), cultural training and mentoring programs with Jaali, the Kool Purple Kookas, and the Juraki Surf Invitational to name but a few. We have also contributed significantly via sales of Yaru Water to the Coles Indigenous Fund. We will continue to support such projects and initiatives, but will start to develop very focussed project aims through the newly established Yaru Foundation.
Education and sustainability are critical factors to the success of all Foundation projects. By developing our own dedicated Foundation, it means that we can ensure sustainable outcomes are delivered and communicated back to our donors. Our first official 2017 Yaru Foundation project is underway. We can’t wait to tell you more about it as the funding, details, and logistics are finalised. Watch this space for some exciting news! It’s a project very close to our hearts, addressing an extremely serious need in disadvantaged indigenous communities.
A considerable health disparity exists between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians. According to a peer review in the electronic journal from the Australian Indigenous Health Bulletin; ‘Insufficient access to clean drinking water has contributed to skin, eye and diarrhoea diseases in Aboriginal communities. Children younger than 2 years of age have been hospitalised due to Gastroenteritis, with rates up to 11 times higher in Aboriginal compared to non-Aboriginal communities.’ Contamination of drinking water (bacteria, radiation and heavy metals) can be potentially fatal for newborns and young children. The Yaru Foundation is embarking on several projects to address this issue. More coming soon!
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