Why EON is Different
EON’s approach focuses on a key determinant of good health – nutrition. Remote Indigenous communities need access to fresh healthy food on a sustainable basis and the nutrition education to make the right dietary choices. EON offers the only holistic nutrition-based approach targeting these challenges.
Our approach is different and is effective because:
- It is a long-term practical approach developing community capacity through working partnerships rather than passive handouts.
- It is about early intervention to remove ‘impediments to parity in education’ – good nutrition is vital for healthy brain development in infants. It gets kids fit for school and helps keep them in school.
- It provides a secure supply of fresh food – vegetables, fruit and bush tucker – where there is typically little or none.
- It builds trust and a reputation for reliability through our presence in community every fortnight for five years – vital in building community engagement, capacity and ultimately ownership.
- It uses nutrition as a preventative approach to disease reduction – which has proven efficacy, is natural and low cost.
- It uses gardens as an alternative to the classroom, engaging kids including those who struggle with conventional learning, outdoors, on the land.
How can you help?
The Grow ‘Em Up Fund offers the opportunity to make a donation – large or small – to help EON grow its Thriving Communities Program to more communities in need. Because the Program is focused on early intervention and disease prevention, the impact of your contribution will be greatest for children. Through improved nutrition they stand a better chance of living a healthier life and achieving better outcomes in education and employment as a result.
A contribution to EON, is a contribution to improving the health and well-being of future generations of Indigenous people in remote communities, where the health gap is currently at its widest:
- You can assist EON to building a sustainable supply of healthy food in remote communities
- You can support EON build the capacity in communities to get infants healthy for school, for kids to engage and thrive at school and for adults to be fit for and able to achieve in work.
- You can help EON deliver regular training and employment today in communities – based around horticulture and the land – where opportunities are few.
- You can contribute to the national policy agenda – targeting the big challenges of Indigenous inequity and how to harness the potential of Indigenous people in the interests of national development
With your help, together we can make a vital contribution to improving the health and living standards of Australia’s Indigenous people.