Balunu Foundation Ltd
The name Balunu comes from the Luritja language of Central Australia .
<br>The word Balunu means creation and this is what we are about: the
<br>creation of strong youth, strong culture, strong leaders, for a strong
<br>future by breaking negative cycles and creating positive ones. Our
<br>youth can no longer wait! The time has come to nurture, to love and to
<br>offer spiritual healing to guide them on their journey toward harmony
<br>The Balunu Foundation is a not for profit, charitable organisation
<br>focused on the healing of Indigenous youth and people and is based in
<br>Darwin, Northern Territory. In particular, Balunu seeks to instill a
<br>cultural identity among Indigenous youth at risk through a culturally
<br>appropriate healing program which builds self belief and self esteem
<br>whilst assisting Indigenous youth to overcome the wide range of
<br>challenges they face as young Indigenous people in today’s society.
<br>We currently operate a nine day healing camp and accommodate ten
<br>participants per camp program. Balunu is focused on addressing the
<br>social challenges faced by Indigenous people and youth through a
<br>holistic healing approach. Although the program is Indigenous specific
<br>the program has achieved great success with non Indigenous youth who
<br>have attended the program.
<br>The loss of cultural identity, language barriers, war trauma, family
<br>breakdown and destruction of traditional ways have resulted in the
<br>many various forms of social suffering we face today. All this
<br>combined with the various forms of substance abuse has lead to the
<br>detriment of our physical, emotional and spiritual well being.
<br>With all the health problems we face, Indigenous people are
<br>at extreme risk and none so greater than our youth and children. If
<br>we are to have a future we must act immediately to alleviate the
<br>distress and anguish of our youth, there must be greater action and
<br>less talk, our youth and our people can no longer wait.
<br>Through a deliberate and purposeful program Balunu aims to provide
<br>hope for Indigenous youth and families by breaking the cycle of disadvantage
<br>through good health, education, life skills, opportunity, training, employment
<br>and most importantly healing. Identity plays the most crucial factor in
<br>strengthening the youth’s sense of self and the healing allows for
<br>the individuals to free their pain enough to take advantage of opportunity
<br>that exists to move forward in the new world, whilst maintaining a strong connection
<br>to culture and identity. Our vision is to break the negative cycles which
<br>exist and create positive cycles of empowerment for Indigenous youth,
<br>people, families and the generations to come.
<br>This journey is one of healing. United we must walk together to end
<br>the suffering and create a better future for all. There should be no guilt,
<br>shame or blame placed upon non Indigenous Australians for the past
<br>injustices that have lead to the suffering we face today.
<br>We all own the now and it is our collective actions today
<br>which will determine our tomorrow. This journey belongs to us all
<br>and we welcome you to walk with us towards a better future
<br>for Indigenous Australians and all Australians alike.
Balunu Foundation Ltd
6/18 Caryota Court
Coconut Grove, NT 0810
Ph: 08 89854400
Fax: 08 89481695
ABN: 23 122 954 698 DGR: Not supplied
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