Papua New Guinea Projects

Papua New Guinea Islands: Overview

MACA field coordinators have developed relationships with leaders in the government, church, education, and health departments over the years. Our field coordinators are training trainers to establish sustainable CHE programs. 

 

South East Asia & Oceania Projects

Indonesia: Overview

After Indonesia suffered from multiple storms in 2009, including a massive hurricane, a CHE project was established. Our project coordinator continues the challenge of using scarce resources to train devastated farmers in the production of different agricultural crops to increase their market return.

 

Newsletter for South East Asia and Oceana Region 2016

Events of 2016

Leaders Disaster Summit: 

Over 60% of worldwide disasters happening in the SE Asia region.  This fact forces us to take disaster preparedness very seriously.  That was the focus of a 12 day Disaster Summit held in April 2016 in Tacloban Philippines, epicentre of the last major super-typhoon.  The 18 master trainer- participants came from Myanmar, Indonesia, N India, Cambodia, Viet Nam, Thailand  and Philippines.  The emphasis on training for Community Emergency Response Teams, the first responders in CHE communities before professionals arrive, makes this training uniquely different from most disaster courses.  The inclusion of disaster risk reduction as well as hands-on simulation of fire, medical emergency and search and rescue skills, made the course lively and challenging. Having Chief Glenn Baxter, Calgary Fire Investigator and Turner Valley Fire Chief, made for great connections with local fire fighters and police!   

‘Medical Ambassadors’ Concept for Health Professionals:

In tandem with the disaster summit, the experimental "Medical Ambassadors" concept has been launched in Tacloban, with Continuing Medical Education for specialists being the first focus. Two doctors from MAI along with the two MACA doctors helped to make the connections in several hospitals there. The goal, while meeting a felt need for CME for specialists in the hospitals, is to advocate for  community health programs and encourage hospitals to take responsibility with staff assisting in these.    

Education for Leaders:.

There are two CHE internships held each year in the region: 1) Philippines, Aug 1-Sept 3 with 8 participants  2) Indonesia 5 week intensive had 5 participants.  These give the potential CHE leaders of the region a chance to see real programs in action and to practice their skills.  2017 internships are open for applications.

Regional consultations:

In 2016 the countries of the region were split in two for regional consultations.  Chiang Mai was meeting place for Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and Viet Nam the end of March.   Denpasar was where Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia met the end of April.  Having two smaller consultations ensures more from each country can participate, with reports, workshops and building relationships. The theme both groups had chosen for this year was Community Based Eco Tourism.  It is hoped this can be a means of income generation for communities which have, through the CHE process,  made their environments suitable to share with the world. The 2017 joint regional consultation will be in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia in March.

MACA projects of the Pacific Region:

Papua New Guinea

In PNG, the government-funded Christian Health Services delivers 85% of the health care to  the rural population.  They actively promote CHE to their health centres as a means for them to be out in the communities. This Health Promotions arm, now known as EDEN (Effective Development Empowering the Nation), receives some seed funding from MACA for their coordinator to travel and train throughout the provinces.  At the 2016 annual conference there were 12 provinces represented, out of the 22 in the country, so the spread is surely happening.

The many dedicated trainers, who add CHE training to their already busy lives, amaze us with their stories of changed communities.  Even a little teaching makes such a difference in places where the people have felt abandonned by their own government and outside organizations.

MACA Projects of SE Asia Region:

1.  Indonesia:

  • MACA funds community development projects in Indonesia through our partner.  They are directly involved in 4 communities, training in micro enterprises, marketing skills and moral values. Many other organizations also look to them for mentoring and training throughout this complex country.

2. Philippines:

  • CHE has been showcased in the Philippines for over 20 years in multiple project areas and communities.  MACA became more involved in the Philippines since the 2013 super-typhoon Yolanda.  The relief funds that were sent were designated for rebuilding and training for resilient communities.  This is their government goal for all disaster related efforts, but few organizations have on-going presence on the ground to be able to walk with communities after disasters to reach that goal.  MACA focused on a project in Leyte province, the hardest hit area.

3. Other stories from the region in 2016:

  • In Cambodia, the formalizing of a CHE working group with a constitution and regular quarterly meetings brings 5 diverse groups into a cooperative relationship.  By planning trainings together, reporting plans and progress and stimulating unity instead of competition, this heralds an important new era in the country. 
  • In Thailand, the CHE Facilitator, conducts 2 sets of TOT’s per year for  organizations wanting to incorporate CHE principles into existing programs. Groups from Europe to Nepal to China send influential staff here for training in CHE.
  • In the mega cities of Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, a huge and growing migrant worker population from S Asia, Philippines and Myanmar is a social concern. We have been in dialogue with health and church groups as to how CHE might address the largely neglected social, health and educational needs of this group.   
  • Myanmar is rapidly changing, with a government more open to democracy, but with little preparation of the population for this.  Three participants at the Disaster Summit in Philippines were from Myanmar, men of experience and vision in helping their own rural communities which suffer alternately from flooding and drought.
  • Another participant at the Disaster Summit, a doctor from Viet Nam, had been trained in Community Development Education 10 years ago and saw it as a solution to poverty and dependency in the rural communities.  Now working with a large local organization, he is reviving the program, but this time without external funds.
  • One of the women leaders from a disaster prone country, has demonstrated that  relief can end up in entrepreneurship.  As the beneficiaries are taught to make home made concrete bricks, then to build their own homes, they have gone on to develop construction businesses, build their own schools and common spaces.  At the same time, they build health, harmony and community wholenss through physical and moral values teaching.  This is being seen as a model which we encourage.
""We need to have the mentality of wholism – serving, and addressing the needs of the whole person - all the time.  It must become a life-style.”"

- Regional Coordinator, "G"