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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)


LATEST NEWS

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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ONE DAY

Untitled_design_(34).pngWith the launch of the sixth year of ONE DAY, we speak with Ps Gerard Keehan from Globalheart Church about his involvement in the ONE DAY Campaign.

In December last year, Globalheart raised $56,670 for the ONE DAY Campaign, and to date, your church has given more than $150,000 to ONE DAY. It’s a phenomenal contribution - why do you think your church has jumped on board so readily, year after year?

Firstly, we take seriously that Jesus has called his church to practically care for others. We have given the ONE DAY offering clear focus across our services in the lead up to the weekend - ACCI media was so helpful for this. Part of that focus has been to illuminate people to the reality that so many people are suffering and that we as a church are called to do something about it.

Nearly 1 billion people today do not have access to clean water. One in four children are chronically undernourished. As a church we must not turn away. 

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THE CAUSE: Micro-Enterprise Offering a Pathway of Sustainable Change

-LEARN_TO_DO_RIGHT__SEEK_JUSTICE_DEFEND_(16).pngWidespread poverty, gender inequalities, high fertility rates and low literacy levels are just some of the challenges faced in the Kabale community in Uganda. Kabale is also plagued by health problems including high rates of malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malnutrition, infant and maternal mortality. The average annual per capita income in Kabale District is estimated at US$150, with 86% of the population relying on subsistence farming. Without reliable income, men, women and children are much more vulnerable to become engaged in exploitative labour situations. There are about 2 million child workers in Uganda, who are engaged in labour rather than school attendance, typically due to the impacts of family and community poverty. 

ACCI’s on-field partner Victory Micro Enterprise (VIME) aim to increase the standard of living and alleviate poverty in the Kabale District of Uganda through maximising and encouraging personal and community development. The project provides training in business loan management, entrepreneurial skills, and stewardship. 

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RAISE Program

Untitled_design_(32).pngACCI Relief currently has 5 RAISE programs across the globe: Vietnam, Mozambique, Madagascar, Sri Lanka and Kolkata. Three years ago ACCI Relief took a step away from the individual approach child sponsorship, and instead established our RAISE program. We believe that it takes a whole community to raise a child, and for this reason in order to support vulnerable children we work to strengthen and develop communities in which they live through the RAISE program. 

Broad issues that affect whole communities, such as limited access to water, limited educational opportunities, and a failing healthcare system often affect children the most. We see this in child mortality rates, malnutrition, and early entry into working life. These problems are best tackled at a community level in order to bring benefit to more children, rather than singling out children to address their individual needs in isolation from their community’s situation.

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THE CAUSE: Kampong Thom Vocational Training Project, Cambodia

-LEARN_TO_DO_RIGHT__SEEK_JUSTICE_DEFEND_(15).pngThose must vulnerable to labour exploitation are those with limited land tenure, education and limited local employment opportunities. Building safe and resilient communities, and developing skills for local livelihoods is an effective response to help address some of these vulnerabilities to exploitative labour that further entrenches poverty.

In today’s blog we look at how a community in Kampong Tham, Cambodia outworks this as they seek to address this vulnerability by finding ways for women to live in their communities, while also earning a viable income.

High unemployment rates in rural Cambodia, especially among women, can lead this vulnerable segment of the population to migrate to Phnom Penh in search of work. Here, they are at high risk of labour exploitation, either through factory work, the sex industry or other forms of dangerous labour that offer little pay or a realistic chance to escape poverty.

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ACCI Village Life

Untitled_design_(27).pngWe are so thankful for the support of many ACC churches across Australia who generously sow into ACCI Missions & Relief projects across the globe. Eternity Christian Church in WA is one of our valued contributors towards our Village Life Program in Cambodia. Today we ask Ps David Vicary three questions about his experience.

What is it about the Village Life program that you and your church really gravitate towards?

We love the holistic approach. Supporting community development through a local church in Cambodia means we end up meeting spiritual needs as well as physical. There are many great mission ventures that are purely humanitarian and others that are solely spiritual, neglecting real material needs. The Village Life model encompasses both!

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THE CAUSE: People Above Profits - Action in Australia

-LEARN_TO_DO_RIGHT__SEEK_JUSTICE_DEFEND_(14).png'Better to have a little with righteousness than to have abundant income without justice.' Proverbs 16:8

There are at least 27 million slaves worldwide. That’s roughly the combined population of Australia and New Zealand. Did you know that the lifestyle of an average Australian is likely sustained by more than 50 modern-day slaves? Whether they be in bonded labour, trafficked conditions or other forms of exploitation, their living conditions are equated to slavery. Find out more - including your own ‘slavery footprint’ at slaveryfootprint.org

CONSUMER

If you want to avoid buying brands and products that have exploitation in their supply chains, download the ‘Shop Ethical’ app. This is the most popular digital guide to ethical shopping in Australia. It shares the social and environmental record of companies behind the common brands you buy so you can make informed purchasing decisions.

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