Posts Tagged ‘Development’

Everything in Common: Year Six students lead the way

November 25th, 2014

Year Six students at Christian College Geelong have raised an impressive $3651.35 toward toilets, school books, chickens, goats and health care for families around the globe through their annual Year Six Market Day and UnitingWorld’s Everything In Common Gift Catalogue. “It’s our best outcome ever and we’re absolutely delighted with how the students and wider [...]

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Of Faith, Fear and Fast Boats

October 14th, 2014

I am sitting in a Cafe overlooking the harbour in Honiara, Solomon Islands. It is Sunday morning, and the atmosphere is vibrant and the cafe full of chatter… I have spent this week in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands, on the remote Rononga Island attending the UCSI General Assembly. The UCSI are embarking [...]

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Disability Inclusion: A Pilot Program

August 14th, 2014

By Tricia Mileham, UnitingWorld Experience Volunteer in West Timor It is estimated that 1 in 7 people around the world are living with a disability, and that 20% of the world’s poorest people have a disability. Microfinance has proven to help people break the poverty cycle, yet only 0.5% of people living with a disability [...]

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Bunny Hunting and Bigger Pictures

March 31st, 2014

Faced with a wall of chocolate bunnies in Coles my immediate impulse is to knock the head off one and devour it. We’re still almost two weeks out from Easter Sunday and my eldest daughter, with whom I’ve undertaken a “sugar fast” for Lent Event, would be pretty horrified.  The younger one would probably be [...]

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Coffee will save the world

February 20th, 2014

The two cups of coffee you give up each day in March and April will help a child learn to read. Great headline!  If I actually drank coffee I’d be sold.  Likewise those TV ads I remember from my childhood:  “For less than a cup of coffee a day, you can change Marli’s life.”  Cue [...]

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Change your mind, change a life: who’s got a disability?

October 10th, 2013

“The biggest misconception we face is that people with a disability need our sympathy.  They actually need equality.  Sure, they need some extra resources and some understanding, but letting people be part of it and helping them gain some self confidence goes a long way.” They’re powerful words from someone who began advocating for her [...]

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Real peace is about justice and it starts with me

April 25th, 2013

“Real peace is not just the absence of conflict- it is the presence of justice.”  Martin Luther King. Dawn, April 25.  In hushed cities and towns all over Australia, school children shuffle and stamp their feet, blowing softly into the sleeves of school jackets to warm their hands, awed and sombre.   Early sun picks out [...]

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You Go Girl! 3 reasons to focus on the girl child

October 11th, 2012

“Don’t treat me differently just because I’m a girl!” It was a bit of a mantra for me, growing up with three brothers.  Glaring down from the highest branches of a tree or smirking slightly after beating one of them in a wrestling match, my determination not to be singled out as different sometimes bordered [...]

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The Power of Women and Girls

July 18th, 2012

The Power of Women and Girls was the topic for the second UnitingWorld lunch for members of the 13th Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia. Lisa Meo is a Fijian Australian who advocates for women in theological education at various schools and churches in the Pacific Islands. She spoke about the inconsistencies between the [...]

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Sitting and Dancing on the mat

July 4th, 2012

UnitingWorld’s Kathy Pereira shares about her recent experience of sitting, and listening, to our sisters in the Pacific. Recently I spent a week sitting (well trying to sit) cross legged on a mat! My cumbersome attempts to sit with dignity made us all laugh.  It seems I have lost much of the art of “mat [...]

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