Papua New Guinea
The They Are Not Alone project directly addresses very high rates of family violence and very low levels of support for survivors through provision of counselling skills training, and the construction of refuges and safe-places. Project staff work directly with three local Seventh-day Adventist missions, local churches and church institutions to increase their capacity to address family violence. In a country with a strong church influence, this project shares a theology of human equality with church leaders and trainee pastors so that emerging church leaders can be strong advocates for the protection and empowerment of women and girls.
Miriam* is a mother in Papua New Guinea. She is also a survivor of horrific violence at the hands of her husband, who beat her with a wooden plank until she was unconscious. “He broke my nose right here,” Miriam says, pointing to her face. “He hit me on the head. I fell down on the ground and he tried to hit me again. My children saw me. They said ‘Mummy!’ but I was unconscious.”
Despite enduring such horrific abuse, Miriam’s faith has kept her strong. “I thank God,” she says. “He gives me strength, courage to stand.”
Miriam’s story is just one of many. You can provide a place of refuge for women escaping violence, to help them recover from the emotional and physical trauma of abuse, realise their worth and live full and meaningful lives free of fear. Let’s show them they are not alone.
* Name changed to protect privacy.