The Literacy Empowerment ProjecIt

A Partnership between Aboriginal Australians and Ian Thorpeā€™s Fountain for youth

Ian Thorpe’s Fountain for youth is now in the fourth year of a long term project to help improve education and health in the remote Indigenous communities to the east of Katherine, in the Northern Territory.

This began in 2003 with the funding of maternal and child health education carried out by the award winning Sunrise Health Service Aboriginal Corporation.

In September 2005 the Federal Education Minister, Dr Brendan Nelson announced a grant of one million dollars (2005-2007) to support Fountain for youth’s Literacy Empowerment Project in the Jawoyn communities.

The success of the Literacy Backpack Project has seen it expand to communities outside the Jawoyn region; Mangingrida to the far north east of the NT and Bidyadanga south west of Broome in Western Australia. Most recently we have offered our support behind a new pre-natal/post-natal support program for Aboriginal women and their children, the ‘Good Start Project’ for the Lockhart River Community in far north Queensland.

  • Literacy Backpacks
  • Health and Life-skills Education
  • Early Learning at the Women’s Centre
  • Walking with Spirits Festival
  • Ghunmarn Cultural Centre Wugularr
  • Yarrabah ‘Books for Babies’ Project
  • Maningrida Community Education Centre
  • Yalari Limited and the Rosemary Bishop Scholarship
  • Kowanyama Baby Festival 2006

Project Progress Report

  • Progress Report December 2006
  • Final Report 2005 – 2007

Pools for Health

Regular swimming in pools has significant health benefits, with documented reductions in the skin, eye and ear infections now afflicting so many Aboriginal children.
  • Pools in Remote Areas (PIRA)
  • Peppimenarti Community (South West of Darwin)
  • Telethon Institute for Child Health Research – (TICHR)
  • Charles Perkins Children’s Trust