Wednesday, 17 April 2013

statistics on violence against women in Vanuatu

Last year I wrote a little (here) about my observations of how women are treated in Vanuatu.  Over the years, I have heard of quite shocking statistics but have never been sure of their validity or their source. Now research has been carried out and published that confirms that abuse of women is definitely a BIG problem here in Vanuatu.  It is one all of us here need to work on.

Here are some statistics.

The percentage of "ever-partnered women" who reported violence from their partners...

 physical violence in the last 12 months 33%
 physical violence in their life 51%*
 sexual violence in the last 12 months 33%
 sexual violence in their life 44%
* Out of those that report violence; 90% report severe violence defined as punched, kicked, dragged or beaten repeatedly, choking and burning, or hit with a weapon such as a piece of wood, iron bar, knife or axe.

The percentage of...

 women who reported experiencing physical domestic violence while pregnant 15%
 girls reporting experience of sexual abuse before 15 years of age 30%

The statistics come from research by the Vanuatu Women’s Centre in partnership with the National Statistics Office and AusAid and NZAid. You can see more details here.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Yumi stadi long buk ya Mak - 6

Blong dowlaodem stadi ya (fo pej evriwan):

  • Klik long raet saed blong maos long pej ya antap. Nao klik long toktok ya "download linked file" mo bae stadi ya i download i go long komputa blong yu.
  • Narafala rod: yu prestem "command" mo klik long pej ya antap mo bae stadi ya i open long wan niufala pej long internet browser blong yu, mo afta yu save "save" o "print".

Friday, 12 April 2013

the supernumerary tooth

Matthew travelled down to Vila yesterday for some dental surgery.

He needs his extra tooth pulled out.

Here's a photo of before he left.  The expression on his face tells you exactly how I was feeling about the whole thing, but actually he was just having trouble keeping his eyes open in the sunshine.

This is the extra tooth that is causing all the trouble:

He was very surprised when he saw the photo. It's not as big as he thought!

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

hint #1: cheat on the interview

Here is my first hint on "how to host a missionary at your church".  Your questions and suggestions are welcome!

Interviews are tricky beasts.  They can be a quick and powerful way to get to know someone and to get an idea of the work they do.  Or they can be boring, irrelevant and uninformative.  While masquerading as "informal" and "impromptu" they work best with good preparation.  In other words, cheat!

Here are some hints to make the interview work.

1. Get to know the missionary first.  If you can meet and talk with them prior to the interview that is really helpful. Have a long talk about them and the work they do.  This helps you to know what they do and why they think it is important.

2. Plan and discuss the interview questions together.  If the missionary has served a while already they will have some idea of the questions that get to the important, central issues.  You will know the sorts of things your congregation will find interesting.  Work out the questions together.  Although the interview format is supposed to be casual, this sort of preparation helps rather than hinders.  Unless of course, the missionary proceeds to read their answers.  That sort of gives the game away!  Preparation like this also allows you to work out together who (if there is more than one) will answer each question.  There are times when both can answer and times when one is too exhausted to think straight and just wants to stand there and smile.

3. If it is during church, plan for the interview to take 5-10 minutes.  It is difficult to say much in less than 5 minutes but more than 10 minutes will (usually) have people on edge about how long the service is going to be.  If there is to be a presentation at some other time and the interview is just a "taste" then shorter will work fine.  If this is the only contact the missionary will have with the congregation, then longer is preferable.

4. Don't try to kill two birds with one stone.  i.e. Don't use the missionary interview as a chance to have a gospel presentation for the non-believing visitors who are there for the baptism to be held later in the service.

5. Be flexible about any children in the missionary family.  Some children are capable of standing still and quiet for the whole of an interview.  Some like to race around and others like to pick their noses.  If the parents look like they are leaving the children in the pew, don't pressure them to bring them up the front.  No matter how much the congregation would like to see them, there is probably a reason for it.  It might be helpful to have someone on hand who could sit with the children (especially if young) while their parents are being interviewed.  On the other hand, don't assume their children won't come up; some may even be involved in the interview.  The key is to be flexible and to ask them beforehand what will be most helpful for them.

6. Don't answer your own questions.  Enough said.

7. Pray for them at the end of the interview.  Ask how you can be praying for them as part of the interview (it works well at the end) and then proceed to pray for them.  This is encouraging for them and a model to others.  Perhaps ask someone else to pray, especially if there is someone you know who takes an interest in them and prays for them regularly.  If you do this, that person might like to know in advance what the requests for prayer will be. 

There is probably more that would be helpful, but that's all I can think of for now.

Any questions?

Any suggestions?

Hint #2: give them the microphone

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Easy Self-Portraits

Here’s a great way for your children to produce a self-portrait. It’s easy and it’s effective.

I found the idea here on the site, Spittin Toad.

First you take a photo, then using an editing program change it into a “sketch”. Spittin Toad recommends “Picnik” but that site didn’t load for us so I used Picture to People*. Then you print it out. Spittin Toad recommends lightening it first and then printing onto water colour paper. We didn’t lighten (there wasn't much detail on the faces probably because the background was so textured and colourful; a plain background would probably be better) and just used ordinary A4 paper.

Then the children have to highlight the picture. They choose which lines to draw and how to shade. Then they colour with water colours (works best if printer and pen ink don’t run).

Here are their efforts:

It was a great introduction to portraiture. They didn’t have to worry about shape or proportion but could concentrate on line, light and shadow.

Thanks Spittin Toad!

* Note that you will need to save your picture as a jpeg file and crop it so that it is less than 1200 x 1200 and smaller than 200kb.

Monday, 1 April 2013

Yumi stadi long buk ya Mak - 7

Blong dowlaodem stadi ya (sikis pej evriwan):

  • Klik long raet saed blong maos long pej ya antap. Nao klik long toktok ya "download linked file" mo bae stadi ya i download i go long komputa blong yu.
  • Narafala rod: yu prestem "command" mo klik long pej ya antap mo bae stadi ya i open long wan niufala pej long internet browser blong yu, mo afta yu save "save" o "print".