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Our Mission is to transform communities and Nations, One Life at a Time by developing holistic and sustainable solutions to combat injustice, poverty and reinstate the value of life. We aim to promote equal access to the rights and services that protect life and human dignity.

“Learn to do right! Seek justice, relieve the oppressed, and correct the oppressor. Defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.” – Isaiah 1:17 (AMP)


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Sri Lanka Update

ATKINSON_PHOTO.JPGIn today's blog we hear from Alison and Narel Atkinson (pictured with their 3 children) who are Field Workers serving in Sri Lanka. Inspired by women's conferences Alison has attended in Australia, Alison has seen her dream realised to start a National Women's Conference in Sri Lanka to minister to women from all over the country. Here she shares with us the journey of Alokaya Women's Conference.


ALOKAYA WOMEN’S CONFERENCE

Over the years I have had the wonderful opportunity to attend many of Hillsong’s Colour Conferences in Sydney. My life has been changed and empowered through the incredible guest speakers as they share the Father’s Heart. It was during one of these conferences, I clearly felt a real burden for the women of Sri Lanka. 

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THE CAUSE: Supporting Education in Vulnerable Communities


-LEARN_TO_DO_RIGHT__SEEK_JUSTICE_DEFEND_(21).pngLed by Field Workers Russell and Jenny Barton, Operation Uganda works with vulnerable children, their families and schools in communities throughout northern Uganda and in Kampala, the nation’s capital. Many families in these areas are living in extreme poverty, working as subsistence farmers or in unskilled jobs. The high level of poverty across these areas has many detrimental impacts on child health and development. 

While most policies, laws and standards designed to protect children in Uganda are up-to-date, implementation and enforcement remain weak throughout the country. Government officers for child welfare have been assigned to most areas, however due to a lack of resources, knowledge and training, most officers are ill-equipped or unable to implement the law for the benefit of children. The result is that social services, especially health and education, continue to be functionally weak and social protection is fragmented, with large vulnerable population groups not covered.

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THE CAUSE: Strengthening Instead of Replicating Social Services

Untitled_design_(48).pngHelpKids work with local and regional governments in Sri Lanka in the area of Child Welfare and Protection.

ACCI Field workers Narel & Alison Atkinson have seen incredible impact through their community based care for children in Sri Lanka. Together with their team, they oversee and run the operation of The HelpKids Centre, based near a large slum in Colombo.

The HelpKids Centre has provided early childhood education since 2006 to children who are living on the streets with their parents or who are from the surrounding slums. Their mission is to focus on the whole child by providing a secure, nurturing, and educational environment for children - a place for children to grow into responsible, considerate and contributing members of society. This project aims to uphold the rights of vulnerable children in Sri Lanka by keeping children in families and providing them access to education. Rather than operating in isolation to government services who share this same vision, HelpKids works in partnership. 

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THE CAUSE: Advocacy and Action in Australia

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ACTION IN AUSTRALIA

"Those who have enacted unjust policies are as good as dead, those who are always instituting unfair regulations, to keep the poor from getting fair treatment, and to deprive the oppressed among my people of justice, so that they can steal what widows own and loot what belongs to orphans." Isaiah 10:1-2


Tax evasion is an example of the kind of injustice described in Isaiah - a kind that prevents the poor from receiving fair treatment, and effectively steals from those most vulnerable. Injustice begins when God's creation order gives way to false hierarchy of human worth, which is the basis of inequality. When inequality invades systems and structures, they become sites of partiality and injustice that favour the powerful over the powerless. Poverty results and the cycle is self-perpetuated. Tax evasion demonstrates the extensive impacts that occur when injustice becomes systemic and forms biased economic practices.  

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RAISE: Madagascar Update

Although a little late in coming, everyone in Madagascar wishes to send their Easter greetings to you, their faithful sponsors, for whom they are incredibly grateful. We all so appreciate your continued support and generosity.

Over the Easter break, it was a great time for teachers and students to rest after an exceptional first term of hard work and effort by all.

With the self-paced learning implemented in the CLCs, students are expected to continually assess their progress and the staff have seen marked improvement in many students who are striving academically and motivating themselves to learn. The teachers have staff, the team feel confident they will be able to address issues and approach social interaction proactively and positively.

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THE CAUSE: Children in Families

-LEARN_TO_DO_RIGHT__SEEK_JUSTICE_DEFEND_(1).pngMORE CRIPPING THAN CORRUPTION: Action Overseas, Children in Families

Another ACCI partner, Children In Families (CIF), is providing essential services to vulnerable children and families. This is an area where government resources are overstretched in trying to meet the many varied needs of different communities. CIF works to equip and strengthen families and communities to provide a nurturing environment for children, through family based care, community development and educational support.

They achieve this through the following program areas:

 

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Nepal Update: July 2015

NEPAL1.jpgUPDATE OF DISASTER SITUATION

  • Recently the Nepal Government has estimated that the earthquake has caused US$7 billion in damage and losses[1]
  • Providing adequate shelter for earthquake affected households still remains a key priority, as many families continue to live in makeshift housing that may not withstand the monsoon rains. As of the 21st of July, an estimated 59,400 people continue to shelter in 104 displacement sites[2].
  • It is now Nepal’s monsoon season, which has greatly increased the vulnerability of populations affected by the earthquake. An estimated 90 percent of earthquake-affected individuals live in areas at risk of floods and landslides[3].
  • The monsoonal rains, poor road conditions and frequent landslides continue to make providing assistance challenging.
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THE CAUSE: Serve Cambodia

-LEARN_TO_DO_RIGHT__SEEK_JUSTICE_DEFEND_(19).pngFor as long as tax evasion continues at its current scale, public services cannot provide reliable support to vulnerable populations. ACCI projects are dealing with the effects of tax evasion, as they partner with communities who lack sustainable health or education services, and who lack protection and support for various vulnerabilities.

In Cambodia, multinational companies take advantage of weak regulations around taxation and company law to simultaneously exploit the labour force and evade taxation. This significantly reduces the government’s capacity to provide critical medical and social services to its citizens, which has the most devastating effect on already vulnerable populations including women and children. 

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Harts for Africa

Greg on his way to the community meetingGreg and Kim Hart are ACCI fieldworkers serving in Mozambique, Africa where they are focused on biblical teaching and community development. Greg and Kim have seen the need to increase the depth of Christianity and one of the ways they do this is by going to the people in remote locations to run Bible Colleges where church leaders of all denominations can study together. 

In today's blog, Greg shares about a recent meeting he had with 29 members of a rural community, where he asked the question 'What would make your community a better place to live in?'

This is a community that we had a bible college in 3 years ago. This has helped with rapport in the community. They have told us of the way the bible college helped the community in various ways.

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THE CAUSE: More Crippling than Corruption - The Injustice of Tax Evasion


-LEARN_TO_DO_RIGHT__SEEK_JUSTICE_DEFEND_(18).png"The people of the land have practiced extortion and committed robbery. They have wronged the poor and needy; they have oppressed the foreigner who lives among them and denied them justice." 
Ezekiel 22:29

“Persons are what matter, but systems shape persons in profound ways. The structures and systems matter, but they’re not all important. We care about the systems because we care about persons.” Ron Sider, founder and President of Evangelicals for Social Action (ESA), author of Rich Christians in An Age of Hunger

Independent! Self-made! Creative genius! Yep, it’s nice to think of ourselves in this way, but is the idea of a totally self-made man an illusion? Close to it. This approach can overlook the more invisible support systems and external factors that make great achievements possible. 

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