Alternative education charity Alithia, which is based in Valla but has many families attending from Bellingen, has been awarded a $60,000 grant from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.
The grant resulted from a competitive pitch process that was open to organisations providing community services in drought-affected rural areas across Australia.
Alithia will use the grant to support its holistic educational programs designed to help children children aged 5 to 12 to develop problem-solving and creativity skills.
For the past two years, the charity has been organising qualified mentors to run programs and activities that range from sports and recreation, to arts, culture, education and holistic development. Alithia has been running a weekly full-day program, with requests to expand to more days and a waiting list of 50 children.
The FRRR grant will cover costs for a much-needed resource shed, a year's supply of resources, and a qualified mentor for two days per week.
These additional days will be referred to as the Young Innovators Hub, where children instigate hands-on projects and develop ideas together in a supportive environment.
This program is set to kick off in Term 3, 2019 and Alithia is currently looking for someone to fill this mentor's role.
For more information, visit www.alithialearning.org.au