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Caritas - Evangeline's Story

                                           aritas  Australia    media project to a multi-level contemporary arts and
                                           is      helping      culture centre. An example of excellence in Indigenous
                                      Cyouth            in      tourism, it’s now a key employer for young people in
                                      First     Australian      the remote Northern Territory community of Beswick
                                      communities       to      (Wugularr).
                                      strengthen     their
                                      culture  and  create      This year, 2018, Evangeline is busy guiding tourists,
                                      opportunities for their   coordinating cultural activities and helping community
                                      communities.              members to practise and market their arts, such as
                                                                weaving and jewellery-making.
                                      Evangeline        is
                                      employed as a Senior      “Now we have a new gallery up. And we have our
                                      Artsworker  by  the       new  kitchens,  we  look  after  these  and  we  now
                                      Caritas     Australia     maintain this to make sure it’s running okay and in
                                      supported     Djilpin     good condition. We’re also trying to open up another
                                      Arts      Aboriginal      tour for tourists to go around the waterfall, we’re just
                                      Corporation, based in     planning that now,” says Evangeline.
                                      Beswick (Wugularr),
            Evangeline at Djilpin Arts in 2016
                                    100  kilometres  east  of
          Katherine in the Northern Territory.                  Evangeline believes that Caritas Australia’s support
                                                                for  Djilpin Arts,  through  Project  Compassion,  is
                                                                vital for all Wugularr’s young people. Although their
          Today she is strengthening Aboriginal culture, while   families do their best to pass on knowledge, Elders are
          making a living for herself – and creating opportunities   dying and she is keen to spearhead the preservation
          for her community.                                    of culture and lore for future generations.

          Featured  in Project  Compassion  2016,  Evangeline   “It’s good for them to learn and to keep their culture
          went  from  seeking  employment  to being a  Senior   strong,” says Evangeline.
          Artsworker and an inspirational leader for youth.

          Her  work  at  the  non-profit  Aboriginal  organisation,
          Djilpin Arts Aboriginal Corporation, has supported the
          organisation’s growth from a multi-media project to
          a multi-level contemporary arts and culture centre.
          An  example  of  excellence  in Indigenous  tourism,
          it’s now a major employer for young people in the
          remote Northern Territory community.

                                                                    Evangeline with her community and Caritas Australia staff

                                                                Support Project Compassion 2018 and help provide
                                                                employment and  training  opportunities for  First
                                                                Australians like Evangeline. A just future starts with
                  Djilpin Arts hosts festivals throughout the year
          Evangeline’s community of around 450 people faces     Caritas Australia media: Nicole Clements on 0408 869
          a  range  of  challenges,  stemming  from  the  violent   833 or Susan Duric on 0407 536 130/ caritasmedia@
          experience of colonisation, including few employment
          opportunities, crowded housing, a lack of access to
          services, alcohol and health problems and financial

          Limited  political  influence  continues  to  disempower
          Australia’s First Peoples. Lack of opportunity draws
          young  people  away  from  their  country  and  culture
          into towns and cities where they are most vulnerable.

          Whilst working at  Djilpin Arts,  Evangeline  has
          supported  the  organisation’s growth from  a  multi-
                                                                                               Photos: Sascha Costigan
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