Domestic and International Aid Project
The John XXIII College Community Outreach Project (formally known as The International Aid & The Solomon Islands Project) is a chance for John XXIII College residents to contribute to the broader Australian community. The Community Outreach Project is currently a 5-7 day trip to the Mutitjulu Community in Central Australia.
This is a voluntary opportunity and is afforded to the participants at the discretion of the College. It carries with it obligations to act in accordance with the specific duties contained in this information sheet and those provided by the Deputy Head of College. Participants are also obliged to act with good faith and in a way which reflects positively on the College.
Mutitjulu Community Outreach Experience
Mutitjulu is a community of nearly 200 Anangu people living in the Kata Tjuta National Park. It is a closed community so tourists are not allowed to enter without a permit from the Central Land Council. Community is at the base of in Uluru, about half an hour from Ayers Rock Airport. The purpose and aim of the trip is to facilitate a connection between the Mutitjulu Community and the College, with the vision of contributing to the Mutitjulu Community in a meaningful way into the future.
The Residents who participated in the Outreach Experience met some amazing people and were lucky to have the opportunity to spend time with them and learn from their stories. One of the most impressive people they met was Billy Cooley, an Aboriginal artist who has artwork on display in the National Gallery, Canberra. One day Billy demonstrated how to collect Mulga wood for the Mutitjulu artists and firewood for the community. It was another great way to learn and lend a hand in the community.
Another rewarding experience was working at the Mutitjulu childcare centre. Both boys and girls had an opportunity to help by entertaining the kids while the workers took a break.
Our travelers stayed at Nyangatjatjara College where many children from Mutitjulu and surrounding areas attend between the ages of 10-15. They spent time in their classrooms and also engaged in a lot of sport. Sport is important to the College curriculum, as it is the main school attraction which ensures high attendance.
Collecting Mulga wood with Billy and Ernst, and clearing rubbish from beside the childcare centre, were hugely significant to our Residents’ overall experience and to the community as a whole.
The lessons learned by our 10 Outreach ambassadors has enriched their understanding of Australian indigenous relations and will enriched the culture, community and spirit of all Johns Residents for years to come.
This was a very exciting trip which involved supporting local school and communities. Come back soon for a more in-depth details and photos!
The Solomon Islands Project took place between 2004 and 2010 to carry out work on the island of Savo in the Solomon Islands. Residents went over to the Solomon Islands and worked on a range of projects on the island. This group examined the progress of the projects on Savo from previous years, as well as implementing a wide range of projects on the island of Malaita.
Travelling to the Solomon Islands and working there with various communities was an unforgettable experience. The project is incredibly valuable, enabling participants to assist in creating a difference in the lives of our neighbouring communities who have extremely limited access to basic resources.
The Project’s outcomes have made a significant impact on the capacity of communities to be both economically and environmentally sustainable by investing in education and health infrastructure. One of the most significant challenges this project faced was deciding which projects to fund and which to refuse. While the project managed to find a balance between communities and types of projects, one of the highest priorities for the future should be to build the capacity of this project to fund more projects in the communities we visited.
Highly motivated individuals worked together as a team with the ultimate goal of creating access to basic resources and increasing the quality of life of impoverished communities.
- Auki – Alota’a School
- Dala South – Catholic Community Primary School
- Dala North – Anglican Community Primary School
- Bubuitolo – Catholic Community Clinic Project
- Buma – Anglican Community Primary School Project
- Savo Island – Le Bone, Sisiaka, Tchapanyata, Kalgele, Koela & Susepi
For further information on the Domestic & International Aid Project, please contact our Deputy Head of College on 02 6125 6900 today!