ADRA Vanuatu’s new partnership to reduce family violence

Left to right: Blossom project manager Dannielle Masoe, ADRA board chairman and Vanuatu Mission president Pastor Charlie Jimmy, Vanuatu Skills Partnership director Fremden Yanhambath and Australian High Commission First Secretary Stephanie Kimber.

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ADRA Vanuatu—through its family life education project Blossom—signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Vanuatu Skills Partnership (VSP) in Port Vila on August 17.

Through this MOA, ADRA Vanuatu’s Blossom project will work collaboratively with VSP to integrate Family Life Education (FLE) in the activities carried out under the rehabilitation program with inmates and parolees at the correctional centre as well as with clients at Elang Family Support Services Centre.

People living with disabilities, both at the correctional centre and as clients who visit Elang Family Support Services Centre, will also be included and their training needs taken into consideration.

ADRA will also provide support to VSP in terms of incorporating FLE into certain skills development activities and professional staff development.

Dannielle Masoe and Pastor Charlie Jimmy among leaders from other organisations who also signed MOA with Vanuatu Skills Partnership.

Chairman of ADRA board and president of Vanuatu Mission Pastor Charlie Jimmy was on hand to sign the MOA. Pastor Charlie thanked VSP for recognising ADRA and taking a step further into signing the MOA. He said ADRA will commit to its responsibilities in the MOA and will work diligently to fulfil its role.

These approaches through family life education contribute to ending violence against women, girls and family in Vanuatu and is in line with Vanuatu Government policies.

The Vanuatu Skills Partnership is a locally led initiative to achieve improved prosperity and governance through the vector of reform of the national skills development system and decentralised service delivery.

Since 2005, VSP, through joint support from the governments of Vanuatu and Australia, has been working to improve access to skills and markets that lead to sustainable economic and social prosperity for all Vanuatu citizens. It focuses on the participation of people disadvantaged by geography, gender and disability, and people with low language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) levels.

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