Since the launch of Yaru in 2011, we have 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 we 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 enables us to implement and support vital projects in Indigenous communities throughout Australia. We have clear objectives at the heart of the Foundation…
The Yaru Foundation delivers projects with Indigenous communities in a number of different ways. We implement and deliver projects directly, and we also work alongside other organisations that share and align with our Foundation’s objectives. You can read more about some of the projects we’ve supported below.
Critical to each of the projects we deliver or support is education and sustainability. By developing a dedicated Foundation, we’ve been able to implement sustainability measures and develop ongoing relationships with communities throughout Australia.
We live in what many people consider to be a developed and modern country, yet 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 has been working hard behind the scenes to address this issue. You can read about our safe, clean, drinking water initiative in the remote Indigenous community of Pandanus Park here.
Yaru partnered with The Fred Hollows Foundation with the aim of raising $150,000 to work towards a world in which no person is needlessly blind and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people exercise their right to good health.
Did you know that:
– Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are three times more likely to go blind than other Australians.
– 90% of eye conditions experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are treatable or preventable.
– 35% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults have never had an eye exam.
Read our initial news release about how this support will help to close the eye health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians here.
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