The Puuya Foundation believe that with targeted, strategic support, the Lockhart River community will create a healthy, successful, and sustainable future for their community, enriching lives in the process.
The Puuya Approach is our way of creating the right conditions for leadership to flourish. It removes the top down approach, creating opportunities for our community to create empowerment, our way.
Dorothy Hobson, a local artist, created the logo for the Foundation. Dorothy is a Kuuku Ya’u woman, a Traditional Owner of land and sea to the north of Lockhart River and the Chair of the Puuya Foundation. Dorothy was asked to create a logo that reflected both the strength and importance of ‘Puuya’. The word ‘Puuya’ means heart or life-force in the Kuuku Ya’u language. Our logo is a source of pride steeped in meaning to both the artist and the local community.
Dorothy explains, “The eight spirals represent the traditional owner groups in the Lockhart River area and symbolise ‘Puuya’. The 7 large clan groups are Wuthathi, Kuuku Ya’u, Kanthanumpu, Uutaalnganu, Angkum, Umpila, Kaanju. The smaller clan group is Appun. We know that we have a strong future when our puuya and culture are strong. Our connection to our land and sea country is deep and very important to us, so the colours in our logo reflect this.
Green represents the leaves on the trees. Orange/brown is for the ground, our land. White is for the sand beach – some of us are sand beach people. The deep blue represents the sea and our love for our sea country”
From humble beginnings, the Puuya Foundation has nurtured the hearts and minds of our communities greatest assets – our children.
Puuya Foundation is established as a community led model to address challenges, empower local voices, and create future leaders for our community. The Puuya Foundation acts as a backbone organisation for the community. Community Yarning circles provide the opportunity to address challenges and co-design community-led solutions.
With a footprint of eight years in Lockhart River, the Puuya Foundation with the community led the establishment and building of the Kuunchi Kakana (families together) Centre. Applying the Puuya Approach, an innovative collaboration was created involving Lockhart River Aboriginal Shire Council, Philanthropic partners, the Federal and State governments, working as Foundation partners, to create this purpose-built facility. As a community hub, the Centre provided early years learning and parenting, family well-being, leadership and empowerment, community engagement in Learning Circles, and fostered local partnerships with stakeholders delivering services to build stronger families.
The Puuya Foundation welcomes the new year and a new leadership team. Amplifying community voices from the Yarning Circles sees a growth of support that now extends to early years parenting programs, respite care for children aged 0-4 years, Youth Club, women empowerment programs, and Family support services.
Working with an independent research team from QUT, the community co-designs a measurement and evaluation tool to assess existing and design future program delivery, ensuring community leads to change, and success is achieved, reported, and evaluated for future growth. As the learning and leadership hub, we are supporting leadership in our community from cradle to elderly, recognising the voices of our elders, and building the leaders of tomorrow.
Puuya means strength or life force in our local Kuuku Ya’u language. The Puuya Foundation is creating a better future and, in this document, we share how our five strategic pillars will achieve this for our community.
We have created a Social Impact Framework that will measure our impact over the next three years to position the Puuya Foundation as a leader in locally-led Indigenous learning and integrated service delivery organisations. I am excited to share with you our Strategic Plan 2022-2025. This document reflects our proud history and achievements and sets goals that our team will work towards for families in Lockhart River.
We know that our work continues to set a new standard for community empowerment, in a locally led way. Our work operates from the purpose-built Kuunchi Kakana (families together) Centre, Lockhart River.
With the unique Puuya Approach – a way of building hope and determination through connectivity, partnerships, collaboration, and shared learning, we will build the Centre into a learning and leadership hub, shaping everyday leaders for our community. In 2021, community voices determined the extension of our current programs.
The Centre has grown to support Early Years and Parenting Education, the coordination of health and well-being offerings in a central hub, Women’s empowerment, Youth Club and a Senior High School re-engagement program.
We collaborate and develop partnerships to facilitate the delivery of this work, educating and building strong individuals, families and homes. We recognise a strong household leads our future generations. We are proud of where our organisation has come from, and we know where we are going. Locally led solutions ensure community voices are embedded into our work.
Our Strategic Pillars
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