ADRA encourages open communication in Samoa

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Apia, Western Samoa

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Samoa has launched a new project to counter various social problems in the South Pacific Island nation.

There is a way to open the door to create dialogue, to create better communication amongst families, communities and churches.

The project, called “Open the Door”, encourages parents and children to talk about sensitive issues such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, drug use, suicide and teenage pregnancy—topics not often discussed openly within families.

“We want to show people there is another way we can deal with our problems,” said project coordinator Su’a Julia Wallwork. “There is a way to open the door to create dialogue, to create better communication amongst families, communities and churches.”

A key part of the “Open the Door” initiative is its use of local media outlets. According to Mrs Wallwork, who serves as ADRA liaison and Adventist Women’s Ministries director in Samoa, there has already been a very positive response to the message on a local radio talk show.

“We’re using television, radio, even newspapers to reach out to our community,” said Mrs Wallwork. “We want ‘Open the Door’ to become an everyday saying that people can use if there’s a conflict anywhere, or if there’s a problem they’ll say, ‘hey, open the door, let’s talk about it.’”

To find out more about ADRA’s work in Samoa and the rest of the South Pacific, visit <www.adrasouthpacific.org/our-network>.