This is a story of a single mother from Blacktown NSW, who was registered for government payments for 63 weeks and caring for a 10 year old behaviourally challenged son. When she first came to her Job Services provider, this ‘jitja’ would hardly say a word.
When she eventually began to talk, she revealed that she had been a victim of domestic violence - which had taken away a lot of her confidence in dealing with people. She had also been involved with an Aboriginal Women’s Refuge as both a resident and volunteer.
In June 2008 when Budda-Jitja was launched, she was introduced to the program and hesitantly began the first module. After completing it, she became hungry for more and would come into her Job Services provider whenever she could - eventually completing 8 modules in total. She was so proud of her achievement and all she could talk about was how proud her children were of her for “finally completing something”.
When she was told that she was considered a ‘Graduate’ of the Budda-Jitja program, she beamed with pride. This ‘jitja’ now has the confidence to participate in job searching activities and is a step closer to realising her potential.
A Budda-Jitja Graduate