Salesian sisters assist flashflood victims

The Salesian Sisters at Henderson assisted the two Catholic communities in the Good Shepherd Parish at Tenaru on Saturday. These communities were Ando and Kolina after the flash flood survey by seminarians from HNMS.  The relief aid fund was given by the ASMOAF (Australian Salesian Mission Overseas Aid Fund) to the Salesian Sisters.  The combination…

Call to serve – a free choice

Pollyann Lepping shares her reflections on being a volunteer It was fun to be young and single and do crazy stuff, running wild and free. But it is empty when you do not answer your call. I was the wild one in my family and then felt a tug – being pulled to a life…

A young voice against violence

Filomina Aihunu is a teenager who grew up in Honiara. Like other teenagers, Filomina has seen and heard for herself domestic violence happening at home. Her choice to become one of those young advocators against all forms of gender base violence then was no coincidence. “I have experience it myself and it’s not good,” Filomina…

Church to consult with partner agencies

THE Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACoM) is planning to hold a round-table conference with its national and international agency partners in Honiara in early June. The conference will focus on working together on projects in the context of ACoM’s Strategic Plan for the next several years. A statement from the church said the plan includes…

UN Women launches Markets for Change

VENDORS at two key marketplaces in Solomon Islands are set to benefit from a new UN Women project that will inject more than SBD$20 million into making markets safe working environments that promote women’s empowerment through improved market governance, physical infrastructure, and onsite services. Between 75 and 90 per cent of vendors working at Pacific…

Noro Safe House for victims of violence

A SAFE House has been established at Noro, Western Province, to look after women victims of domestic and sexual violence. Noro Safe House is an initiative by Sergeant Elizabeth Takeiango from Noro Police and another female Sergeant from the Gizo Police office to provide shelter and care for the women and children victims of Western…

Mere market next week

The Solomon Islands Women in Business Association or SIWIBA will host its second Mere Market after it was postponed last month. Mere market will kick off on 21st to 23rd (Wednesday to Friday) of May 2014 at the National Art Gallery. As stressed by the SIWIBA president Mrs. Darlcy Tekulu, Mere Market is organized to…

Bishops elect new leaders

PORT Moresby – Catholic bishops in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands elected new office bearers at a meeting last week. Bishop Arnold Orowae of Wabag, was elected president of the Catholic Bishop Conference of PNG and Solomons. His deputy is Archbishop Steve Reichert of Madang. They elected officials of different commissions of the conference.…

Pacific journalists highlight issues women face

A group of Pacific journalists are in Australia meeting Australian politicians and business leaders as part of their development program on news media and the role of women in the economy. The five-week program is ran by the Melbourne-based Asia Pacific Journalism Centre under the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Australia Awards scheme. Three…