ADRA hosts CPP Forum, which ends on a high note.

Church Leaders & Partners welcomed at the Sonoma Adventist College for the opening dinner for the  CPP Forum hosted by the SDA Church

Church Leaders & Partners welcomed at the Sonoma Adventist College for the opening dinner of the CPP Forum hosted by the SDA Church

Church Leaders & Partners from PNG and abroad during discussion time at the Hauswin Restaurant of  the Kokopo Beach Bungalow Hotel. 2015

Church Leaders & Partners from PNG and abroad during discussion time at the Hauswin Restaurant of the Kokopo Beach Bungalow Hotel. 2015

The first biannual CPP Forum was held in Kokopo from the 27th – 30th of April 2015 at the Kokopo Beach Bungalow Hotel.

The forum was well attended by church leaders and development partners of the following mainline churches; Anglican, Baptists Union of PNG, Catholic Church, Salvation Army, Seventh Day Adventist Church, and the United Church, collaborating under the PNG/Australia Church Partnership Program (CPP).

The forum discussed on the theme: “LESSONS LEARNT-Churches Shaping PNG” in which the expected outcomes of the forum would be to enable the forum to see collectively how the churches have performed over the years against the outcomes areas.

This in general leading to the forum drawing out lessons learnt that are identified – and what factors contributed to the achievements, what can we learn from that, what approaches do the churches want to maintain in the next phase (III) or how will we do it differently to achieve maximum impact.

Which additionally brought the following;

  1. To identify and celebrate the Program achievements
  2. To identify the program strengths and opportunities
  3. To be able to vision areas for improvement and think if possibilities in the next phase.
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About Anglicare PNG Inc

Anglicare is a National NGO started in Port Moresby and now has establishments in Popondetta, Morobe, Mt. Hagen and Wabag. We also cover nearby provinces like Central and Gulf in our work. The Anglican Diocese of Port Moresby initiated to establish originally called Anglicare StopAIDS PNG (and then changed to Anglicare PNG Inc in 2010 to show the national approach) as a Church response to the growing concern of the rising HIV and AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Papua New Guinea. The concern was not limited to raising awareness, educating, counselling and testing, but to offer care, support, and treatment for the infected and affected due to the high prevalence of stigma and discrimination. Anglicare was established in January 2000 from very humble beginnings by two female expatriates in Port Moresby, Kay Nicol and late Jeannette Southwell, and was incorporated in October of 2002. Anglicare has continued to grow in size due to the securing of Donor funding from a number of organisations over the years and the requests from the communities for services and training in relation to HIV and AIDS. People want to be informed of the changes occurring in their world, but need others to give them accurate information on the things that affect and contribute to the changes. This is where in the past Anglicare had built a reputation of ‘working in the community’ and reaching out to the grass roots people in the isolated areas. The organisation has been instrumental in encouraging more women to participate in decision making and supported them in care development training over the years. The programs and activities have also highlighted many of the gender related issues that women have been dealing with.
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