House of Sarah

Support in 2019


Photos: right – Women of Faith meet at the Diocese of Polynesia; middle – March 2019 Commissioning of recently trained Sarah Carers at St John’s, Wailoku; bottom – Commissioning of recently trained Sarah Carers at St Matthews, Nabua.


Most of us don’t share our pain or distress easily. If we do, we will look for someone we can trust, who we know will listen without judgement or condemnation.

The House of Sarah offers a listening ear, support and a place of refuge to those who need it most. It has drawn many people to its doors who have deep needs for prayer and counselling.

The Diocese of Polynesia has been active in providing welfare services to the Church and wider community for many years. The House of Sarah is a project of the Association of Anglican Women (AAW). It was officially opened by the late Archbishop Jabez Bryce in December 2009.  Since opening its doors it has provided counselling services twice a week to those who need it, training programmes on gender- based violence; and facilitation of workshops in parishes that address shifting social norms to reduce gender-based violence and attitudes. The House of Sarah is the only provider offering a specifically Christian network of services working together to end violence and abuse against women and children.  Their work takes place in families, churches and communities.

The House of Sarah work has also grown to include a strong educational focus for the whole Pacific region, not just Fiji. Workshops are requested and the House spearheads a Break the Silence Sunday each year in November – see details of the background from 2016 and 16 days of activism activities for 2018 as well as their 2019 calendar promoting interfaith support for no violence against woman and children.

See also Break the Silence Sunday resources for Nov 2018

Funds from Anglican Missions for the House of Sarah in 2019 is NZ$25,000 specifically to extend the ministry of the ‘Sarah Carers’.

The Sarah Carers are all volunteers and are often the first responders in the help sought from women in need.  Photo: Sarah Carer, Luseani Leba

 A recent new intitiative from the House of Sarah, is ‘Women of Faith’ which works with women of other faiths who are also engaged in the elimination of violence against women and children.


Read the House of Sarah’s newsletter for Jan-April 2019

Read the House of Sarah’s newsletter for March 2019 here

Earlier newsletters:

(July-Nov 2018) & (Jan to June 2018)


History of the House of Sarah and Anglican Missions


  • Completed 2011 - NZD $15,000

    AMB funds has enabled the House of Sarah to carry out its ministry of providing a listening ear, a warm heart and a helping hand to those in need. It opened its doors for counselling services on the 28th of February, 2011 and its work has grown to develop Sarah Care women's referral groups in parishes and to provide educational information to encourage change to end gender-based violence in the Pacific. more»
    Development of Counselling Services
  • 2012 & 2013

    With the House now up and running, Anglican Missions funding will assist with the costs associated with providing counselling services. Presently there are two counselors at the House of Sarah, Jaimala Gounder and Deconess Lesila, who attend to people that come seeking counselling. The two counsellors have attended to sixty four women, girls, and a handful of men both at the House of Sarah and in their own respective communities since 2011... read more»
    Funding Counselling
  • Completed 2009 - NZD $15,000 (Spent $19,764)

    After a number of years of planning and preparation The House of Sarah was officially opened in December 2009.
    AAW will also be based there which will enhance the effectiveness and usage of the facility. With the House officially opened, 2010 will focus on developing the services the House of Sarah can provide. more»
    Set Up
  • Completed 2010 - NZ$15,000

    • A full-time administrative assistant was appointed in May 2010.
    • A two-week awareness raising workshop was facilitated by the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre in October. 12 women from the Suva Archdeaconry attended and topics such as domestic violence, cycle of abuse, sexual harassment, child abuse, violence as a development and human rights issue, reproductive health and HIV & AIDS were covered.
    • 3 women were identified as prospective counsellors at the House of Sarah. They received their initial training and attended a Conflict Analysis, Awareness in Trauma Healing and Conflict Resolution Skills Intensive training programme organised by the Pacific Theological College. more»
    Continued Set Up and Training