March, 2015

A joint Easter prayer for North and South Korea

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Every year since 1996, the Korean Christian Federation (North) and the National Council of Churches in Korea (South) have issued a joint Easter Prayer. This is part of their joint commitment to bring about peace and reconciliation between the two Koreas. It has been a long troubled road, and recent incidents have ratcheted up the tension between the countries, and made the work of community groups... Read More »

Where is God in the flood? Q and A with Reverend Maleta Tenten, Kiribati

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

The day I speak to Reverend Maleta, rain is drumming on the tin roof of her office and the tiny island of Kiribati has been cut in half by king tides.  Emergency radio announcements have warned people to stay at home – flooding has made it too dangerous to travel.  Neither of us know it […]  

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Vanuatu Update

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

On Friday our Program Manager Jane Kennedy returned from Vanuatu where she was visiting cyclone affected communities and supporting our partner, the Presbyterian Church in Vanuatu in their immediate recovery plans. Jane writes: “Our partner church has a number of buildings being used as evacuation centres. We visited some last night – people have lost everything, they have no ability... Read More »

Cyclone Pam Update Friday 20th March

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Project Manager for the Pacific Jane Kennedy reports from Vanuatu: Our partner church has a number of buildings being used as evacuation centres. We visited some last night, these ladies have 10 children between them and have lost everything, they have no ability to rebuild. They have been receiving emergency rations and boiling water each morning over a fire. Already skin and other diseases have... Read More »

Images from Vanuatu – Cyclone Pam

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

  What is left of a House in Mele    

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UnitingWorld Program Managers depart for Vanuatu and Tuvalu

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Wednesday 18 March Today program managers for the Pacific Jane Kennedy and Bronwyn Fraser departed to visit communities decimated by Cyclone Pam. Jane has left for Vanuatu and Bronwyn, Tuvalu. They will be working closely with our church partners to assist in responding to this crisis and will be updating us regularly when possible. The UCA’s National Disaster Recovery Officer Rev Dr Stephen... Read More »

UnitingWorld and UCA launch appeal for Cyclone Pam

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

For Immediate Release 17 March 2015 Cyclone Pam UnitingWorld and the Uniting Church in Australia launch appeal  UnitingWorld and the Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) have launched a national appeal to support the communities devastated by Tropical Cyclone Pam. Thousands of people across Vanuatu are homeless after the Category 5 cyclone. The UCA’s partner in Vanuatu, the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu... Read More »

Cyclone Pam Update

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Wednesday 18 March Today our program managers for the Pacific, Jane Kennedy left for Vanuatu and Bronwyn Fraser left for Tuvalu. They will be working closely with our church partners to assist in responding to this crisis and will be updating us regularly when possible. It is now believed that half of Vanuatu’s population has been affected – homes totally destroyed, buildings and hospitals damaged,... Read More »

UnitingWorld launches Appeal in response to Cyclone Pam

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Monday 16 March am: Update Our program managers for the Pacific Jane Kennedy and Bronwyn Fraser have been in constant communications with our partners in Vanuatu, Kiribati and Tuvalu.  They still have no communications from our school and health coordinators in the more remote islands of Vanuatu. Our partners are currently identifying their most immediate requirements for Port Vila and we will respond... Read More »