Vanuatu

The Blossom project in Vanuatu enhances the wellbeing of women and girls by addressing issues such as domestic violence, sexual abuse and teenage pregnancy. Partnering with church leaders, students, community members and government the ADRA team is using the Family Life Education approach.  This involves openly discussing gender norms, the roles of family members and new ways for men to take on “non-traditional” roles in the household while allowing women to participate in leadership. ADRA is pioneering Wellness Centres on the islands of Efate, Santo and Tanna which will provide community members with safe spaces where counselling services are offered.

The teenage pregnancy rate in Vanuatu is 6-8% compared with 1.6% in Australia

In 2010, 1 in 3 women in Vanuatu reported having experienced child sexual abuse under the age of 15

Stories

Louise’s Story

When Louise Ginn heard the tragic story of a newborn baby found abandoned in a bush toilet in Vanuatu, she instantly knew she had to do something. “I don’t think any mother should feel they need to abandon their child, but there are women in Vanuatu that feel they have no other option,” says Louise, herself a mother of four. “I would like to give them another option.” So she organised a 1000km tandem bicycle ride with her son to fundraise $100,000 for the Blossom project. The 10-day epic helped provide much-needed funds for the project to continue saving lives.

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