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The Nangala Project

Crows Nest, NSW Indigenous Australians

About The Nangala Project

The Nangala Project is a non-profit initiative to relieve poverty and disadvantage amongst Australian Indigenous children and their families, through creating locally engaged, sustainable opportunity.

Leading Australian Indigenous strategy and design company, Balarinji, conceived the vision of The Nangala Project in 2010 to deliver two ground breaking and interrelated community programs in remote Australia:

Indi Kindi is an early literacy and numeracy program for children under six years of age which improves the global learning readiness of children entering pre school and school.

Indi Kindi includes a "Library without Walls" which delivers a best practice early literacy program to respond to the way very young children learn - turning pages, looking at pictures, counting, seeing repetition, using memory, and recognising familiar cultural themes to help break the cycle of Indigenous disadvantage.

John Moriarty Football (JMF) is a world’s best practice football initiative for primary school aged Indigenous boys and girls. Founded by the first Indigenous Socceroo, John Moriarty, JMF’s goals are twofold: to provide the support, training, development and pathways for Indigenous football to succeed in Australia, and to use the sport as a powerful tool to change educational and life outcomes for Indigenous footballers and their families.

The Nangala Project focuses and formalises Balarinji’s citizenship charter and not-for-profit activities, which have been central to the company’s business philosophy since its establishment in 1983.

“Nangala” is a women’s skin name from the Borroloola NT community, and reflects the cultural strength and wisdom of Indigenous Law women. It pays tribute to their aspirations for a better future for their children and grandchildren. Skin names are used traditionally to group people into classifications for belonging to land areas, for marriage protocols and to reflect ceremonial connections.


1/61 Hume Street
Crows Nest NSW 2065

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