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Supporting parents to create safe environments for their children is an important part of Save the Children’s work in Australia.
We help Aboriginal families establish and maintain safe and healthy homes through our Pride in My Home program in Mornington Island and Doomadgee in Northern Queensland.
Why healthy homes are important
All children have the right to grow up in a healthy and safe environment. Unfortunately, many children in disadvantaged communities in Australia still live in homes that are unsafe, overcrowded, and are at risk of disease or harm.
In isolated Aboriginal communities such as Mornington Island and Doomadgee, many families need support to maintain the cleanliness and hygiene of their homes. Others don’t understand the environmental health risks associated with undisposed rubbish - old rusted cars in yards, unhealthy pets, household repairs - and the impact they can have on the health and wellbeing of their families, especially young children.
Save the Children’s Pride in My Home program
Run in Doomadgee and Mornington Island, our Pride in My Home program supports individuals, families and households to improve the living standards and cleanliness of their homes.
We provide families with household kits and assistance with cleaning up their homes and yards. Checklists for child safe and healthy home environments and education about the rights and responsibilities of tenants are also given to participants. These practical measures help ensure the ongoing safety of children and others living in the household – a key component of our programs to support parents across Australia.
How we know we’re creating healthy homes
In the last year, we’ve distributed household cleaning kits and provided education to 100 families on the risk factors and impacts of poor living conditions on the health and wellbeing of children. With the assistance of Medicare Local and the Local Council in Doomadgee, we’ve also removed rusted vehicles and rubbish from gardens, successfully reducing the health and safety risks of children living in these homes.
Who makes our program possible
We’re grateful to the Australian Government who make the Pride in My Home program possible.