|Kids fellowship at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Numbulwar,
East Arnhem Land. © Kate Beer/Diocese of the Northern
Territory, 2016. Used with permission.
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people account for less than three percent of Australia’s population but they make up more than half of all children in juvenile detention in this country.
In 2016, the mistreatment of youth detainees at Darwin’s Don Dale Juvenile Detention Centre was revealed by Four Corners and led to a Royal Commission. The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Anglican Council (NATSIAC) has called for more to be done to care for and support our nation’s children, to prevent them from ever getting into the prison system in the first place.
In the Northern Territory, churches are praying and struggling for answers as they desire to build a deep engagement with young people in their local communities.
The Diocesan Ministry Development Team is committed to working alongside current and emerging leaders in remote communities to equip the Church for ministering with children and youth. Gatherings, like workshops, allow participants to learn from one another and share their successes across the isolated communities of Arnhem Land and the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Throughout Australia, ABM provides grants to help the Church with initiatives which engage young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Your gift to this project will support the Church in loving, listening to and working together with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
AU011YE needs $44,000 in 2017 (non tax-deductible)
Alternatively, for donations by cheque/money order (made out to the Anglican Board of Mission - Australia), telephone or email, view contact details here. Please don’t forget to include the project name and/or code with your payment details.
Gifts to ABM will be applied to the support of project(s) selected. In the unlikely event of the project being oversubscribed or not proceeding to completion, donations will be applied to a similar project to the one(s) selected.
July 2017 - The youth of Bickerton Island are experiencing the joy of literacy learning in both Anindilyakwa (the locally spoken language) and English. Read more.
January 2017 - The Ministry Development Officer for the Diocese of the Northern Territory, Rev Kate Beer, recently spoke of the work being done through the 'Diocesan Training Tour'.
August 2016 - Reverend Kate Beer, Ministry Development Officer for the Diocese of the Northern Territory, recently wrote an update on the good work being done. Read more