Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation (KBHAC) has been operational since 2001. Some of the former Kinchela Boys Home (KBH) inmates approached World Vision Australia to assist them in reuniting the KBH ‘brothers’ and help them develop an organisation for the all former KBH inmates and their families.
The memories of the harsh treatment and cruelty that many of the men experienced while interned in KBH continue to haunt them. The trauma they underwent can still be felt today. Despite this pain and trauma, the KBH men have been undeterred in their quest for justice, acknowledgement and healing. They have maintained a strong brotherhood that developed while they were in KBH which helped them survive their time there.
This brotherhood has also helped them survive life outside of KBH. Healing for the KBH men comes in the knowledge that their work in establishing and growing KBHAC is a way to support one another. More importantly, KBHAC is a legacy they want to leave for their families who have also suffered the effects of the men’s experiences at KBH. Their trauma has been the result of trying to support the KBH men and yet being the victims of the behaviours they were instilled with during their time in Kinchela.
All of KBHAC’s activities seek to reconnect members of the Stolen Generations to their families, clans and communities. It works to restore and reconstruct cultural identity, pride and self worth.
KBHAC aims to help members of the Stolen Generations take control of their own future. It is committed to improving members’ health and well-being by addressing persistent grief and trauma related to removal and experiences following removal.
Just as importantly, it addresses those issues that affect members’ families and communities across the generations. By continuing to develop a range of positive approaches, KBHAC will work in sustainable and manageable ways for a better future.