Anglican Overseas Aid is part of a consortium of eight church-based organisations which has been chosen as one of the successful agencies that tendered for the Australian Government’s Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP). The Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) made the announcement at a launch in Brisbane on Friday 16 June.
This is the second of a two-part article in which Rebecca Vander Meulen describes her work with Anglican Overseas Aid and the incredible impact of the water and sanitation work that has been saving children’s lives in the Diocese of Niassa in northern Mozambique.
Read part 1 here.
Rebecca Vander Meulen is the Director of the Mission Department for our partner, the Diocese of Niassa in the north of Mozambique.
In this first of a two-part article, Rebecca describes her work with Anglican Overseas Aid and the incredible impact of the water and sanitation work that has been saving children’s lives.
Over the past year we have grown our income in a crowded and competitive market. We have had to absorb some cuts to our funding from DFAT as part of the Government’s austerity measures. We want to thank those supporters, including our President, who advocated strenuously on our behalf to reduce the severity of those cuts. It has also been a busy year as we have steadily prepared for our five yearly re-accreditation with DFAT, and welcomed an expanded membership.
PARTNERSHIPS FOR QUALITY OF LIFE
In the past financial year we have continued our commitment to working through partnerships that improve the quality of people’s lives.
We have received an update from the Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza.
Along with the damage reported on our Gaza Crisis Appeal page, air strikes in the area around the hospital have damaged part of the hospital laundry's external wall, the main steam pipeline for the hospital was destroyed and many rooms with patients in them were hit by large shrapnel.
The hospital has no hot water and a number of rooms need repair to be able to take patients.
On February 6, 2013, an 8.0-magnitude undersea earthquake struck the Solomon Islands and generated a destructive tsunami that hit Santa Cruz Island, Malo Island and Lord Howe (Nibvanga Noi) Island. These islands are part of an isolated chain in Temotu Province in the country’s south-east.
About 1000 households across 25 communities in West Santa Cruz Island were affected, many of them losing everything, and there were 11 deaths, mostly children and the elderly.
Salama and her baby should be dead.
They come from a community in Geega, deep in the remote Afar region of north-eastern Ethiopia - an area with no government services.
Salama’s first baby was born two years ago in her home after a three-day labour.
Usually a woman’s second baby is an easier delivery, but after four days of labour it was obvious something was wrong and Salama and her unborn child were at risk.
But thanks to the work of our partner, the Afar Pastoralist Development Association (APDA), Salama and little Hamad are safe and well.
Hundreds of Palestinian children in the West Bank and Gaza Strip will have access to improved healthcare thanks to our new multi-faith partnership.
Project Rozana brings together Anglican Overseas Aid, the Hadassah Australia Foundation and the world-renowned Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem to provide:
With the ceasefire in Gaza tentatively holding, the Al Ahli Hospital is resuming its regular services while dealing with the many impacts of the conflict.
Hospital Director Suhaila Tarazi says that many staff had to stay in the hospital during the eight-day war as it was unsafe to travel.
“The situation is so tense,” says a staff member at Al Ahli Arab Hospital. “Airstrikes are on a continuous basis day and night, (and) we can’t sleep because of the sound of explosion (and) the shaking of buildings.”
Suhaila Tarazi, the Hospital Director, narrowly escaped serious injury after a missile exploded beside her home as she sheltered there, causing significant damage to the building. Suhaila’s garden is now a bomb crater.
New programs have commenced, around HIV prevention in Mozambique, Solar Lights in Solomon Islands and Tanzania. Maternal and Child Health in Ethiopia and Kenya, breast cancer treatment in Palestine.
Rebecca Vander Meulen, from the Anglican Diocese of Niassa in Mozambique, describes the impact of antiretroviral medication, but warns us that we have a long way to go before we reach the goals of zero infections and zero AIDS related deaths.
Breast clinics in Gaza, funded by Anglicord, will help save the lives of women like Awatef Abu Toha, whose mammogram in June showed a 1.5cm cyst in her left breast.
by Jane Still
In June this year, Awatef Abu Toha’s mammogram showed a 1.5cm cyst in her left breast.
In Australia, a woman might have to wait a few days to get the results of a fine needle aspiration of such a lump. But because Awatef lives in Gaza, she had to wait two months. The result was not good – it was cancer. Like most women in Gaza who are diagnosed with breast cancer, she had a mastectomy.
by Jane Still
Innocent people, including children, are once again among those who have been killed during ongoing air strikes against Gaza by Israel. At least two children are amongst an estimated nineteen people killed when Israel retaliated against unidentified rocket attacks over the last month. Scores more people were injured.
Ms Samira Farah, assistant to the Director of Gaza’s Al Ahli Hospital, said that while they had only treated a few casualties so far, the hospital would struggle to cope with an extended emergency. Staff were working around the clock, she said.
Despite the absence of widespread violence during the recent referendum for Independence in southern Sudan, fears remain about the risk of conflict.
The referendum - which ran from 9-15 January this year - allowed the people of South Sudan to choose whether to separate from the north and form a new independent country.
Preliminary results indicate that almost 99 percent of south Sudanese voted to secede from the north and create a new country.
Final results will be announced this month (February) and if the preliminary result is confirmed -which looks highly likely - the new …
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As many as 100,000 people are feared dead after a devastating 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the impoverished nation of Haiti.
Buildings were destroyed and people were buried under tonnes of rubble after the massive quake struck close to the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince at around 9am (AEST) 13 January 2010.
This earthquake, the most powerful to hit Haiti in more than 200 years, levelled hospitals, churches, schools, shanties and many other buildings.
Eyewitness reports described local people digging for survivors while other traumatized citizens roamed the streets dazed and …
This year marks AngliCORD's 21st birthday. For more than two decades, inspired by the Gospel of Christ, our agency has been working tirelessly in overseas relief and development in pursuit of a peaceful, just and sustainable world for all.
The agency was established by the Diocesan Synod and Archbishop David Penman in 1988.
The Church of the Melanesia (the Anglican Church in the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu) is responding to the Solomon Islands tsunami.
The Church of Melanesia (COM) has requested funding assistance from Anglican partner agencies around the world.
Nearly 40% of people living in the Solomon Islands identify themselves with the Church of Melanesia (about 250,000 people), and the Church has one of the most extensive organisational networks in the country.
The Church of Melanesia is not equipped with a major disaster response team, however COM staff are currently undertaking an assessment …