2016 World Mission Month
Please help the people of Papua New Guinea to
build a future free from domestic violence now!
Domestic violence is, sadly, not uncommon around the world. In recent years, Australia has raised awareness of domestic violence through significant campaigns. Unfortunately, progress can take a lot longer in developing countries, such as Papua New Guinea. In isolated and disadvantaged rural areas of Papua New Guinea that lack support networks, the effects of family violence are particularly devastating.
Thankfully, the Catholic Church is working closely with local people to reverse the dangerous trend of domestic violence that has troubled Papua New Guinea for decades. Two people from Papua New Guinea who have managed to escape domestic violence are Steven and Jacinta*. Click here to read more about their stories.
Jacinta, a resident of Kiunga, a small town in Papua New Guinea, was a victim of domestic violence. Trapped in an abusive relationship, her life was turned upside down by the horrendous violence she experienced. She recalls feeling worthless and lost. During the pregnancy of her second child, she sank to her lowest point. “I thought to myself, ‘this is the end of the world; this is the end of me’,” she says. “I just didn’t know where to get help.”
Luckily, Jacinta was able to seek the help of the Mercy Sisters and enter their Mercy Works program. This began a process of healing for Jacinta. Whilst there, she met Steven Dude, who is a community leader. Like Jacinta, Steven was subjected to abuse and violent outbursts throughout his own marriage. He was struck with a piece of timber, opening a gash on his head. He eventually arranged a separation that ensured the best outcome for the couple’s two-year-old daughter.
United by their shared experiences, Steven and Jacinta are wounded healers—instruments of peace—helping others to turn away from violence and bring positive change to their communities. Jacinta even came to forgive her ex-husband and now encourage her children to spend time with their father; something that may never have happened without the Mercy Works program.
Providing counselling, workshops and vocational training, the Mercy Works program is connecting isolated local families to the support they so urgently need. Catholic Mission provides significant and vital funding to Mercy Works so that these programs can continue to change lives.
Your support is urgently needed to deliver this crucial service to many more vulnerable people in Papua New Guinea. Together, we can reach out and make a lasting, positive change to our closest neighbour. Let’s help them today to create a better future without the fear and pain of domestic violence. Please click here to make a donation today.
*Names have been changed to protect identity.
$50 provides nutritional meals to 40 children attending preschool for one week.
$595 covers the transport expenses to travel to one remote area to run advocacy training sessions for one week.
$300 covers the costs of educational material for 30 people participating in training courses on sexual and gender-based violence for two weeks.
$1,392 covers the costs of running four two-week vocational skills training courses.