The tsunami pushed this boat into a fountain on the coast of Tongatapu . Photos: Fe’iloakitau Kahu Tevi
A bi-monthly news bulletin exploring development, global justice and the work of CWS. Follow the links to read the stories. Past issues can be read here.
Recovering from Disaster in Tonga
Thank you to everyone who has shared their prayers and support for Tonga. You have donated more than $170,000 to the Tonga Emergency Appeal.
The Ama Takiloa women’s network of Tonga Community Development Trust plans to repair rainwater harvesting systems, plant fruit trees, replant family and community gardens, distribute water purification supplies, set up household poultry enterprises and provide community-based psycho-social support following training from the Family Centre.
Donate now, so Ama Takiloa local groups can assist more people get the help they want and need.
In “Dad, is this what they call snow” CWS Board member Fe’iloakitau Kaho Levi shares his experience of January’s eruption in Tonga.
World Day of Prayer
The World Day of Prayer is on Friday, March 4. Local groups are organising special services in their communities. The national committee encourages people to use the resources in regular worship, schools and for private reflection.
Schools open in Uganda
After almost two years, schools in Uganda opened last months. During that time, many students have had to help support their families while the rate of teenage pregnancy increased significantly. In the southwest, Katusiime was raped on her daily 3 kilometre trek to collect water. Now she takes her baby to school each day. The Centre for Community Solidarity shared her story and their concern for families affected by HIV and AIDS, especially girls.
Thank you Trish
CWS organised a small farewell for Trish Murray (pictured in Gaza with DSPR staff member) who recently retired as International Programmes Coordinator. Partners, former staff, volunteers and friends gathered at the Aldersgate Centre to honour her contribution, especially to our partners.
Meeting with Greek Orthodox Metropolitan
National Director Murray Overton was delighted to return an emblem to Metropolitan Myron and resume dialogue with the Greek Orthodox Church.