On the 13th of March 2015 the islands of Vanuatu were smashed by Cyclone Pam, the most powerful cyclone ever to hit the Pacific. Anglican Aid’s Emergency appeal raised over $100,000 which went to providing emergency food, fresh water and provided financial assistance for people to begin rebuilding.
In a long term commitment to help the people of Vanuatu continue to rebuild their lives after the devastating cyclone, Anglican Aid has partnered with the Anglican Diocese of Vanuatu to help women suffering domestic violence. Domestic violence is a big issue in Vanuatu with 3 in 5 women experiencing sexual and or physical violence when in a romantic relationship.
The problem of domestic violence is culturally ingrained with the traditional view being that the man “owns” their partner and is entitled to “discipline” them. Poor sexual education also leads to young women falling pregnant and being shunned by their families and communities.
Many women remain in these abusive relationships because they have no place to run to. The Women’s Safe House and Care Centre, run by the Anglican Diocese of Vanuatu, will provide a safe house for women who are experiencing domestic violence. These women will be provided with a safe home where they will be loved and cared for.
The provisions of the Women’s Safe House and Care Centre include:
- Safe accommodation to protect them from their abusive partner
- Expert counselling services and appropriate health care. Extra provisions will be made for those who are pregnant.
- Developing new income generating skills.
All donations to this project are tax deductible.
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- Pray for the Anglican Church of Vanuatu to show love and care to the many abused women that come to them for help.
- Pray that the culture of domestic violence will end.
- Pray that women experiencing domestic violence will be empowered to seek help.
SAFE HOUSE PROGRESS Report April 2018
Anglican Aid has been working with the Diocese of Vanuatu (DoV) and the Anglican Church of Micronesia's Development Office in Luganville since 2016 to establish this centre which has been a ten year vision of Bishop James Ligo. The project has been delayed due to a number of factor:
- Land issues have been the major delay. Prior to construction, the DoV is awaiting for clear title to land it requires to fund its share of the project
Sadly in December 2017, Bishop James Ligo died unexpectedly, less than two weeks after meeting with Anglican Aid and others to progress the plans. At this meeting he established a steering committee to oversee the project.
- The project will on opening be operated by the Sisters of the Church, an Anglican order based in Honiara. In January 2018, Anglican Aid's Operations Manager coordinated a meeting of thesteering committee. The Head of the sisters was able to attend this meeting.
- The election of a new bishop is in process and an installation is planned for August 2018. Until the new bishop is installed, no progres is expected.