"Instead of wringing our hands in frustration thinking no-one is coming to help us, we thought maybe we should help ourselves”, said Maria Morgan the founder of the program. “In the long term this project will lead to improved ability to deal with problems such as alcohol, violence and suicide that have affected the community in recent years."
The project is a long term commitment by all involved to demonstrate the importance of building enduring, trusting relationships for the future. It also shows the determination of Aboriginal communities to take action on their own behalf to address issues of concern.
In 2008 the program facilitated an activity where local kids took photos and wrote stories about what was important to them in their community. This became the “Kids from Cliff Country” exhibition and resulted in the works being published in a coffee table book.
Gelganyem has contributed over $60,000 to UNDA travel and living expenses while in the community. Communities have provided accommodation and vehicles for the project. The value of the UNDA's in kind contribution has been calculated to be over $150,000.