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Bali is well known as a holiday destination, however, in rural areas away from the tourist spots there is considerable poverty. Local governments receive limited funding to assist poorer people with housing, electricity, water and other basic services, however, the voices of the poorest, especially women, are often not heard.

We support our local partners MBM with their goal to contribute to the development of healthy, economically secure and resilient communities by providing vulnerable community members with opportunities to increase their income; by advocating for access to health and wellbeing services; and by supporting villages to become more resilient to climate-related hazards and natural disasters.

You can help! And thanks to our partnership with the Australian Government, your donation can go up to five times as far (find out more).

 

 

This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). Thanks to ANCP, we’re making a huge difference together; lifting families out of poverty and helping people improve their lives.

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The foothills of the Eastern Himalayas are steep jungle-covered terrain, with families mostly eking out a subsistence livelihood. To get to school, children may have to walk up to four hours through jungle tracks. The dropout rate is very high, especially among girls, and contributes significantly to human trafficking.

We supported our partner church to build a small school in a remote mountain village, enabling boys and girls from neighbouring hills to access good, affordable education. We continue to support this school to provide affordable education to families, train teachers and pursue government accreditation.

Challenges this school community face include a staggering remoteness, lack of access to health services and facilities and an aching poverty. Children still need to walk long distances to school along challenging terrain, increasing the potential for child trafficking due to vulnerability.

This year, a priority of the project is to ensure that children have access to safe and engaging school education by creating awareness on Protection from Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH) policy and safeguarding among the students, staff and parents.

 

UnitingWorld and our partner, the the United Church in Papua New Guinea (UCPNG), have been part of the Church Partnership Program (CPP) since its beginning in 2004. It is now one of the longest ongoing projects of Australia’s aid program. The CPP supports churches in Papua New Guinea to improve their capacity to deliver crucial health and education services, especially in rural and remote areas, as well as a broad range of activities in support of gender equality and social inclusion, peace and prosperity, and disaster risk reduction.

The current work in this project has four pillars:

  1. Organisational strengthening of UCPNG’s Development Unit, including staff capacity building and strengthened governance and financial management systems and processes.
  2. Developing capacity for collaboration to solve local development problems, including working with government agencies and CPP partners to achieve change.
  3. Exploring and developing a unique UCPNG social accountability approach connected to theology, leading to increased participation of UCPNG leadership, communities and colleges in social actions, public campaigns, and advocacy to government.
  4. Integrating Gender Equality, Disability Inclusion and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) throughout the program, with the stated outcome that “Church leaders will actively promote gender equality, disability and social inclusion” through awareness, strengthened policy and procedures, increased social action, and increased participation by women in leadership and decision-making in UCPNG.

 

The Church Partnership Program is supported by the Australian Government through the Papua New Guinea–Australia Partnership.

 

 

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Bible Studies on Human Dignity and Equality

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The Theology of Gender Equality

-Church Partnership Program

“The Theology of Gender Equality is built upon ten, theological principles that enable participation and inclusion of both men and women in creating and sustaining communities that reaffirm, respect, and celebrate that being female and male are divine gifts.”

 

 

 

 

 

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More than a decade after the conflict between Christian and Muslim religious groups in Ambon, there is still a significant need to rebuild relationships between religious groups and to provide economic opportunities for women.

We support mixed groups of Christian and Muslim women with education and microfinance to increase access to economic opportunities in the community and the ability to have a voice in household decision making. This encourages friendships between women from different faith backgrounds, enabling women to act as agents of peace within their families and community.

One effective initiative is supporting the establishment of  kitchen gardens, to create a locally led, sustainable solution to the food crisis that our partners hope to scale up each year to impact thousands of lives. The project will be kickstarting local food production, improving the health of children and families; reducing food miles, pollution and reliance on foreign imports; connecting and educating local communities about nutrition; and building resilience to global food supply disruptions.

 

 

West Timor is the poorest province in Indonesia, and people’s ability to better their lives is limited by their ability to earn an income.

We support micro-finance training and education for women and men across West Timor and Bali to gain livelihoods and participate more fully in community life. We support loans for people with disabilities and educational loans for poor people, with affordable low interest rates.

We also support vocational training for women and people with disabilities, in areas such as kitchen gardens, livestock, health and nutrition, and clean water to increase the resilience of community for the prevention of stunting and the risk of maternal death.

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This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). Thanks to ANCP, we’re making a huge difference together; lifting families out of poverty and helping people improve their lives.

 


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Papua and West Papua remain the poorest provinces in Indonesia, with limited opportunities for employment, quality education and health care.

UnitingWorld works with our partner church GKI-TP and its development unit P3W to help alleviate poverty, improve nutrition and empower women and children. P3W currently provides skills training, WASH and disaster preparedness to several communities in the highlands and around Jayapura.

Through the project, groups of women are helped to grow vegetables like soya and kidney beans, spinach and kale in their gardens. The women use it to feed their families and also supplement their family income. The groups are also provided with education and training about financial management, helping them be able to better save money for education and emergencies.

Timor-Leste has one of the highest malnutrition rates among children in the world. Our partner, the Protestant Church of Timor-Leste (IPTL) through their agency, Fundasaun Sosial Naroman (FUSONA Foundation), has a goal to develop food security to overcome malnutrition of children and women through this project. This is a shift away from operating health clinics.

A major initiative is to train FUSONA staff and community members to create and run kitchen gardens to increase the reliable supply of fresh food to families and decrease spending on imported nutrition-poor foods. Nutrition education will also contribute to reduction in malnutrition and disease and promotion of healthy living.

Another key piece of work for the church is in child protection and safeguarding. 42% of Timor-Leste’s population is under the age of 14. That is a lot of young people to be nurtured and guided, all of them the children of parents traumatised by years of conflict during the fight for independence. The IPTL Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy will be in place to educate the project participants, congregations and Sunday School children about child protection and violence and non-violent behaviours.

While this work is underway, IPTL and FUSONA will continue institutional strengthening activities, including staff training and organisational governance.

You can support this project to develop kitchen kitchen gardens to combat the food crisis. It costs just $90 for a family to set up a kitchen garden on their own land or in a community space offered by the church. It covers a variety of seeds, tools, training sessions and ongoing support by our partner’s program teams.

 

 

 

Religious and caste discrimination is one of the leading causes of poverty and social exclusion in India. This has prevented access to basic services, including education, livelihood, health facilities and other government services and schemes for large sections of society.

We support the local churches in India to provide services such as study centres for children from vulnerable backgrounds; life skills education for adolescents (especially girls); women’s economic empowerment through their involvement in self-help groups; awareness raising activities on environmental concerns through tree plantation campaigns, installation of submersible pumps in West Bengal (to improve irrigation and farming practices), and waste reduction drives; and through these activities to empower marginalised communities, enabling them to be organised, resilient, educated and healthy, involved in local governance and capable of accessing government services and schemes.

Our projects in India now have an increased focus on cross-cutting issues including gender equality, disability and social inclusion, to ensure the work is effective in reaching socially disadvantaged groups, preventing unintended harm, exclusion and further marginalisation, and by promoting rights, equitable opportunities and benefits for all community members.

The projects operate in the rural communities and urban slums of West Bengal and in rural communities in Amritsar near the Pakistani border areas.

You can help!

 

 

 

This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). Thanks to ANCP, we’re making a huge difference together; lifting families out of poverty and helping people improve their lives.

 

In India, the Dalit caste is the lowest within the Indian caste system, many of whom are politically powerless and living in poverty. Girls are more disadvantaged than boys in terms of access to education, as a poor family will choose to pay for the advancement of male children.

We support a girls’ hostel, enabling vulnerable girls to access high-quality education, accommodation, and care during the school term to holistically support their growth and development.

As well as education, the girls are also supported to participate in extra-curricular activities including celebrations/festivals and local outings, as well as sports, dance, singing, music and cooking. The girls access regular health check-ups and participate in information sessions on health and hygiene practices. As many of the girls are ‘half-orphans’, which means they are children of single parents, new activities are being introduced to ensure healthy transitions towards adulthood, including life skills and counselling to develop emotional resilience.

The hostel supports the girls to maintain close family ties and spend as much time as possible in their home communities during school breaks. Our support also includes training in planning, management and child-protection. Safeguarding and inclusion initiatives are being strengthened in the project design.

Our Impact

Every year since this project started, we have been providing hostel accommodation and remedial education to 25 to 30 girls from disadvantaged backgrounds, enabling them to succeed in their schooling. The project is now seeing students graduate from high school and continue their links with the Hostel as they attend tertiary education or training.

 

 

 

People with disabilities are some of the most vulnerable people in Sri Lanka. They are often excluded from society, lack access to services and find it difficult to secure employment.

We support our partner Deaf Link to provide access to education for children with disabilities and vocational training and livelihood support to people with disabilities. This enables people with disabilities, through work and study, to be accepted, equal and valued members of society.

Activities occur primarily in the North and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka.

You can help!

 

 

 

This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). Thanks to ANCP, we’re making a huge difference together; lifting families out of poverty and helping people improve their lives.

 

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