Alan © Anne-Marie Clive, Mothers' Union 2016.
The Positive Parenting Program run by Mothers’ Union, part of the Anglican Church of Melanesia, is making powerful changes in the Solomon Islands. Facilitators work in small groups to break down the barriers and the unhelpful traditional beliefs that may be harmful to children within families and communities.
Topics include early marriage, child abuse and other forms of family violence which are often taboo to discuss in Melanesia. The Positive Parenting Program is supported by ABM, with the aim of empowering parents to raise healthy, happy children in a positive family
Those who have participated in the program share their thoughts and highlight the difference your gift to this project can make.
Alan is married with five children, and lives in San Fly village near Gela on Nggela Sule Island to the north of Guadalcanal.
“Through this workshop I have learnt a lot and felt encouraged as a father. I have reflected on the fact that at times I have been involved in negative things in my family and as a leader. I am not happy with how I behaved.
“I was aggressive before and realise that it was breeding hate and has a negative impact on people.
“Through this group I have learnt and been empowered to be a strong Dad but not an angry or aggressive Dad. I am making a new approach and want to try new things. I now know as a Dad I have a responsibility to my family especially for developing relationships, but also for the physical and intellectual development of my children.
“I am inspired. I am a new being. I want to now protect my children from harm and sickness and have ideas and methods for doing this. I am excited to try these.”
Anne, from Tulagi, has seven children with her husband, and Father Leslie and his wife Mary, from Gela on Nggela Sule Island, have five children. Both have benefited greatly from the Positive Parenting
Program. Read about their stories here.
Your support of this project will help families in the Solomon Islands to grow closer and transform lives in their communities.
SB012YC needs $33,659 in 2018 (tax-deductible)
Alternatively, for donations by cheque/money order (made out to the Anglican Board of Mission - Australia), telephone or email, view contact details here. Please don’t forget to include the project name and/or code with your payment details.
Gifts to ABM will be applied to the support of project(s) selected. In the unlikely event of the project being oversubscribed or not proceeding to completion, donations will be applied to a similar project to the one(s) selected.
November 2018 - Some positive developments have taken place this year for the Positive Parenting Program. Read more.
February 2017 - Danny and Alan are ex-prisoners. They met in the Honiara Men’s Prison, where they were serving time for various offenses, some violent. Whilst there, they heard of the Positive Parenting Program that was being run by the Mothers' Union and the Anglican Church of Melanesia, supported with ABM funding. Curious about what this program might involve and inspired by the good reports of other inmates who had attended, Danny and Alan joined in. They could never have guessed at that moment just how life changing this decision would be. Read more.