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The community of Yolngu, in the Northern Territory, is successfully taking part in a program to assist young fathers to be healthy role models and active participants in the lives of their children and families.
The Strong fathers strong families project is an Australian Government initiative that highlights the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fathers, partners, grandfathers and uncles. The project aims to strengthen the role of fathers in their families, as involving fathers in the lives of their children is crucial for a child’s health, development and wellbeing.
The community of Yolngu, as part of the Strong fathers strong families project, grows its own vegetables for cooking, which are then used to create nutritious meals and educate fathers and mothers about healthy eating. Cooking and nutrition classes regularly attract between 15 and 25 enthusiastic attendees.
'We want to see young fathers, young mothers on a positive path and that’s why I am very happy to work with young fathers and also hope to learn from them, they teach us and then we teach them,' said Rrawun Maymuru, a community worker with Strong fathers strong families project.