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Family violence in the Pacific

Published on 24th October 2014


Family violence in the Pacific

If an angry husband decides to try to get his wife back from one of Bougainville’s safe houses, he will have to contend with Sister Lorraine first. The four safe houses, established and run by the Sisters of Nazareth as the Nazareth Rehabilitation Centre, offer safety and advice for women... Read More

Opening doors for people with disabilities

Published on 24th October 2014


Opening doors for people with disabilities

It’s “little lunch” at Callan Services in Kokopo. Outside, VSA volunteer Liv Loftus has rounded up the 30 or so kids in class and, with teacher Carol Norogua, is leading them through hectic games of “Cat and Mouse” and “What’s the Time Mr Wolf?” The children are energetic and giggly... Read More

VSA and Downer NZ supporting education in the Solomon Islands

Published on 21st October 2014


VSA and Downer NZ supporting education in the Solomon Islands

Keziah George arrived in the Solomon Islands in May 2014, as Honiara Province was still cleaning up after April’s flash floods. Keziah is the second of six Downer NZ cadets who will work over two years with the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD) to assess school infrastructure,... Read More

Stretched health services in East New Britain

Published on 20th October 2014


Stretched health services in East New Britain

With government health services thin on the ground in Papua New Guinea, volunteers and NGOs step up to fill the gaps. Read More

WASH for human rights

Published on 20th October 2014


WASH for human rights

Clean water isn’t just a health issue, it cuts across all areas of life. Peter Brown is volunteering as a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Advisor to World Vision on Tanna Island, Vanuatu. He says, “It’s hard really to think of something that WASH doesn’t impact because everyone needs water... Read More

Getting health projects up and running

Published on 20th October 2014


Getting health projects up and running

The old nurses’ accommodation for St Mary’s was 80 years old when VSA volunteer Phil Dolby started his assignment at the CADR Projects Office. Read More

A former volunteer’s work pays off

Published on 20th October 2014


A former volunteer’s work pays off

Univol Rosie Paterson worked in the CADR Projects office with Phil Dolby in 2013. Along with working on the nurses’ accommodation and other projects, she helped St Mary’s apply for a vehicle for medical staff to perform their twice-weekly community visits. Read More

Bringing more children to the library in Dili

Published on 25th September 2014


Bringing more children to the library in Dili

A new television ad has been launched in Dili for the Xanana Cultural Centre (XCC), and has already seen an increase in the number of school visits and families coming in on Saturday mornings. Read More

VSA goes to SIDS

Published on 22nd August 2014


VSA goes to SIDS

The Third UN Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) will be held in Apia, Samoa, from September 1-4 this year. SIDS, as a group of countries, are particularly vulnerable as they tend to suffer disproportionately from natural disasters and economic shocks. Read More

Breadfruit on the menu at SIDS

Published on 21st August 2014


Breadfruit on the menu at SIDS

You’d expect to see breadfruit on the menu at an event in Samoa, but maybe not like this. At the UN Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Apia (1-4 September 2014), food court vendors will offer gluten-free breakfast, lunch and dinner options thanks to the Scientific Research Institute... Read More

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