The Christian Care Center (CCC) is a safe haven for victims of domestic violence and other forms of abuse, and it is operated as an institution of the Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM). It is a joint venture of the Sisters of the Church and the Sisters of Melanesia and is staffed by the members of these two female religious orders and a team of volunteers. The Centre often receives up to 30 clients at any one time including adults and children, mostly women and girls. There isn’t any other home or centre like this in the Solomon Islands. (Community of the Sisters of the Church – sistersofthechurch.org)
Sixty four percent of Melanesian and Polynesian women suffer abuse and a staggering forty two percent of women think that it is ok for their husbands to beat them. The volunteers from the religious orders depend entirely on operational funds from the Centre to support themselves but very often these funds are not enough because of the increasing costs of keeping the rising number of clients. In many cases, the volunteer sisters would hardly have enough money to pay for even their most basic needs such as tooth paste, new uniforms, shoes, bus fares to visit relatives in the city, and travel costs to their home villages when on annual leave.
In 2014, we assisted with funding to establish a sustainable vegetable farm. Vegetables such as chinese cabbages, capsicum/peppers, shallots, and chilli are in high demand from the restaurants and hotels in the area. Assistance for the CCC helped grow and develop the farm and increased production through purchasing seedlings and nursery bags.
In 2017 Anglican Missions funding, through our 2017 Lenten Appeal, helped complete the additional Rainbow Wing of the Centre. This is enabling an increased capacity to assist those affected by family and sexual violence and the Centre can provide improved access to care, counselling services, positive parenting programmes, etc. The Australian Board of Mission has produced an excellent short film about the work of the Christian Care Centre which you can view here