Bush Medijina is a growing business, and we are grateful for the support and encouragement we have received along our journey. Our dream is for Bush Medijina to endure long after mining on Groote Eylandt has ceased. We want to expand Bush Medijina beyond our current home in Angurugu to other communities across the Groote Eylandt archipelago. We want to increase production to accommodate greater demand, creating new employment opportunities and far-reaching economic benefits for the families and children of Groote communities.
Most important to us is the wellbeing of Warningakalina women. As indigenous women, we face many challenges. With high rates of crime and violence in our communities we don’t always feel safe, impacting our mental health, and that of our children. School attendance rates are low; jobs are scarce. Our life expectancy is reduced due to systemic and genetic health issues, exacerbated by our remote location and limited access to services.
The future of our people lies in building culture and capability across the archipelago. We wish to empower our women to become strong in both body and mind, better able to face these challenges and be leaders in, and advocates for, our own communities.
The Bush Medijina shed is a safe place for us to meet and share our stories and culture. The program regularly initiates activities to educate Warningakalina women and their families on a range of health, wellbeing and community leadership topics. These activities also provide an opportunity to share and preserve cultural knowledge. We engage in a range of programs with local schools to ensure younger indigenous girls are learning to walk in two worlds; learning to successfully run a business, while paying respect to cultural traditions, and providing the opportunity to be on country with their aunties, mothers and grandmothers.
By purchasing our products, you are directly supporting our growth, as 100% of monies generated by sales are reinvested in culture and capability-building programs.
If you would like to learn about how you can make a lasting difference in the lives of Warningakalina women, we’d love to hear from you.
Any donation, large or small has a profound impact on the success of the program. Generosity from our donors gives us strength to continue our work despite the challenges we face in our everyday lives. All donations are fully tax deductible.
We are so proud of how far we’ve come, and so excited by what the future holds.