Welcome to the UnitingWorld Video Library. Below you can view our latest videos introducing to our work, a selection of projects of the Relief and Development Unit, and Church Solidarity:
- Introduction to UnitingWorld (Extended Version)
- Church Solidarity – Interview: Kerry Enright
- Church Solidarity – Interview: Stu Cameron
- Relief and Development – India: Forest People
- Relief and Development – Fiji: Eye Care
- Relief and Development – West Timor: Now That’s Good Development
- Relief and Development – Lent Event
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Introduction to UnitingWorld (Extended Version)
UnitingWorld is the international arm of the National Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia with a charter to stand in solidarity with our international Church Partners. Click here to read more about who we are.
Church Solidarity – Interview: Kerry Enright
Rev. Dr Kerry Enright is National Director of UnitingWorld, the international arm of the National Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia. As well as leading the UnitingWorld team in its work, Kerry also manages relationships between the Uniting Church and Church Partners in Africa.
Click here to read more about Kerry.
Church Solidarity – Interview: Stu Cameron
Rev. Stuart Cameron is lead minister of Newlife Uniting Church located in Robina, Queensland.
Newlife Uniting Church is a Church Partner of the United Church in Solomon Islands, which is facilitated through UnitingWorld.
Newlife and the United Church in Solomon Islands visit each other regularly. They ahve been involved in each other’s worship services and small groups, eaten meals together, talked about different challenges and proclaimed the gospel. In 2008 Newlife raised $70 000 to help build an accommodation house at a Solomon Islands hospital.
“The great gift in our partnership with the United Church in Solomon Islands is being inspired people who are so resource poor by comparison but so rich in God in the way they live out their faith 24/7,” said Stuart Cameron.
Relief and Development – India: Forest People
The Adivasi live in the forests of Nilgiri Hills surrounding Gudalur in South India, and are descendants of the original inhabitants of India. They live in more than 400 distinct tribes, each with its own unique language and rich local culture.
But because many of them do not possess official identity papers, they struggle to access human rights that other Indians are entitled to under the law. This includes the right to education, to own property, to vote, access health care, and be a citizen.
We are working in partnership with the Church of South India to alleviate poverty in these marginalised communities by educating the youth, empowering women to become significant contributors to the community, and advocating for the Adivasi’s human rights.
Click here to read more about the Integrated Tribal Development project in South India.
Relief and Development – Fiji: Eye Care
Blindness due to cataracts is the most frequent cause of blindness in developing countries and affects many children. Fiji is not spared from this debilitating health issue.
Access to facilities and qualified doctors is very difficult and expensive and many Fijians live in isolated communities. Many families with low income cannot afford to pay for cataract surgery and this significantly affects the education potential, work capacity and the quality of life.
Each year a team of Australians consisting of highly qualified eye surgeons, an anesthetist, theatre sisters and support people work at Lautoka hospital. The team carry out eye assessments, performing operations and counseling patients. Local staff are trained to use medical equipment and to carry out basic eye care . The project aims to be able to train staff to continue with complex surgery upon the completion of the project in 2010.
This project first began in 2006 and is coordinated through the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma. It is jointly supported by St Clair Uniting Church in Sydney and UnitingWorld.
Click here to read more about the Eye Care project in Fiji.
Relief and Development – West Timor – Now that’s Good Development
In Betun, West Timor, UnitingWorld partners with the aid and development arm of the Evangelical Christian Church in Timor, Tanaoba Lais Manekat Foundation (TLM), to empower those in one of Indonesia’s poorest areas through small microfinance loans.
Microfinance loans allow community members to develop and expand income generating opportunities such as cattle breeding or trading produce at local markets. This income, in turn, allows individuals to better access to education and health for their whole family.
Click here to read more about the West Timor Economic Empowerment.
See also our $1 for $6 Matching Gifts appeal which features this project
Relief and Development – Lent Event
Leading up to Easter, Lent Event runs for 40-days. Participants are encouraged forgo an item from their daily lifestyle and donate the money saved so that others are able to live a life of dignity: clean water, nutritious food, elementary education, viable employment and essential healthcare.
Lent Event is a rapidly growing community movement of ‘Action and Reflection’ around the issues of extreme poverty and ‘Connection’ with our overseas partner communities seeking to overcome extreme poverty.
Click here to read more about Lent Event.