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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


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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Nepal Update: June 2015

Untitled_design_(29).pngUPDATE OF DISASTER SITUATION

  • The death toll from the disaster has been revised to 8,659 deaths with 384 people still missing.
  • Over 500,000 houses have been destroyed and 269,000 damaged.
  • Some 95,100 people remain displaced. 374 sites continue to host people who are unable to return home.
  • Due to continuing aftershocks, many are still afraid to return to their homes and remain in makeshift tents.
  • Approximately 1 million children were unable to return to school when it reopened at the end of May. Over 30,000 classrooms are destroyed and 15,350 damaged.

 Statistics from UNOCHA Flash Appeal Revised Report, 29th of May

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THE CAUSE: Vietnam Case Study

THE_CAUSE-CASE_STUDY.pngMany of ACCI's programs provide vocational training, micro-enterprise opportunities and support to generate sustainable incomes. These avenues develop personal and community resilience, and provide people with viable alternatives to exploitative and unstable labour hire through:

  • Direct income generation opportunities that are dependent on local, rather than global markets, and
  • Access to skills that increase ability to secure fair and safe employment.

AOGWR Vietnam Pay-It-Forward Program: Local Income Generation Through Animal Husbandy

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Sarah Ardu - Seeing a Multiplying Movement of Disciples

Untitled_design_(30).pngSarah Ardu is an ACCI fieldworker having served in Cambodia since 1998. She is passionate about church planting and developing strategies for Church Multiplication Movements (CMM). She provides CMM training to the missionary community through the Jonathan Project, and to Cambodians through New Vision Movement. 

In today's blog post Sarah shares some of her highlights from her time on the field.

2014 was the year that a major milestone was reached on the road to seeing the Cambodia Dream become a reality. I now have 3rd generation disciples within 1 year of leading people to the Lord. This means that I led someone to the Lord and trained them to be a multiplying disciple. This new disciple then led someone to the Lord and trained them. And my disciple’s disciple led someone to the Lord and is training them to do the same all in less than 12 months. 

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THE CAUSE: People Above Profits: Saying No to Exploitation in Global Markets

BLOG_3_SQUARE.pngThere is abundant food in the field of the poor, but it is swept away by injustice. - Proverbs 13:23 

“If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire.” - George Monbiot, SBS Investigative Journalist

In Vietnam, the average rural farmer works long hours. He or she produces two yields of rice each year, using natural rainfall and irrigation practices. Their hard work produces large quantities of grain as they try to meet both domestic and overseas demand. Yet despite high yields and a large export market, entrenched poverty remains for Vietnam’s farmers. The high cost of imported fertilizers and pesticides undermines profit from increased crop yields. The mechanisms and ‘middle men’ that sit between producer and consumer also chew away at profits, such as collectors, millers, exporters and retailers. At the end of each year, the typical farmer will have earned only US$300 (1) - less than one dollar per day. And yet, multiple times more of the profit margin is taken by wholesalers and retailers, who typically use their position to demand even lower prices from primary producers. 

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