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Tue 26, May 2020

We are posting updates and messages from our Partners as we receive them so please check this page regularly. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as we face this challenging environment together in the wake of COVID-19. 

 

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26 May, 2020

St John’s Theological Seminary, Zambia 

Social distancing is challenging people’s very concept of community in Zambia, as reported by the Rev’d Canon Francis Mwansa, Principal of St John’s Theological Seminary, one of ABM’s longstanding partners. He writes:

“Covid 19 which is now spreading quickly everywhere in Zambia has changed the way we live, work and pray, and the way we associate with each other. Seminary life is not an exception. Students and staff are now required to wear masks both in chapel and classroom and observe a social distance of at least one metre. Africans live and do things as a community and distancing yourself to your friend does not make community. We all are to adapt to this new life of COVID-19 though from time to time you forget and you want to do things in your past normal ways. All our Churches are closed for public worship but we have kept the chapel worship open for students and staff. We pray that God will give us a cure soon.

Stay home and be Safe, 

Francis” 

 

The current cohort of residential students at St John’s Theological Seminary, Kitwe, Zambia wearing masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. © St John’s Theological Seminary, Zambia Anglican Council, 2020.

The current cohort of residential students at St John’s Theological Seminary, Kitwe, Zambia wearing masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. © St John’s Theological Seminary, Zambia Anglican Council, 2020.

 


 

4 May, 2020

Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea/Anglicare PNG Inc

In response to the Government of Papua New Guinea preparedness measures and response plan on COVID-19 pandemic, the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea has gone ahead to make available information on COVID-19 to Anglican communities both in the urban and rural areas. The Anglican Health Service officers, Anglicare PNG Inc, Diocesan Secretaries, Diocese Project officers, Clergy and Volunteers (youths) have conducted awareness on precautionary measures on COVID-19 in their respective communities. 

 

Staff print and laminate information materials prior to distributionStaff print and laminate information materials prior to distribution.

 

The scope of the awareness on COVID-19 is to:

  • Conduct community-level risk communication 
  • Deliver public health messaging 
  • Support community-level outbreak preparedness that complement government-led measures 
  • To make aware to all Anglican communities of what Coronavirus disease is and its precautionary measures from the disease; virus transmission, prevention and symptoms. 
  • Build hope and address people’s fears and emotions by raising awareness within youth ministry, parishes and communities through the Jesus-Shaped Life program. 

Apart from awareness-raising on COVID-19, the Church is also looking into a WASH project, hand washing sinks to be installed in all Anglican Health Centres, schools and parishes, and addressing gender specific challenges due to the State of Emergency being extended for two months. 

 

Anglican COVID-19 Response Team member explains how to wear a maskAnglican COVID-19 Response Team member explains how to wear a mask.

 

COVID-19 awareness-raising banner of the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea and their development arm, Anglicare PNG IncCOVID-19 awareness-raising banner of the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea and their development arm, 
Anglicare PNG Inc.

 

Story by Annsli Kabekabe. 
Pictures by Lorraine Kutuapi and Rachel Jifuri, Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea.

Australian Aid

This work has been made possible by a $17,000 grant from Australian Aid, through the Papua New Guinea Church Partnership Program. #CPP

 


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