Development of Counselling Services

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. Three women have been engaged as counsellors and are at the House of Sarah from Monday to Friday.

The House of Sarah has been assisted by the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre and the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement I organising workshops for a group of twelve women from the Suva and Ovalau archdeaconry. The vision is that these women will have some basic knowledge and skills and be available at parish level should they be needed. Topics covered are gender issues on domestic violence and laws that govern family issues. So far four workshops have been organised : awareness of domestic violence, child abuse, rape, sexual harassment and the Fiji Family Law Act. A basic counselling skills workshop was organised for two weeks and an introductory session on Christian counselling. This will be expanded next year with material acquired from the South Pacific Association of Theological Schools Plans are in place to continue with more training and get fully equipped before we start getting busy. The second training on Basic Counselling techniques by the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre will be held in mid- November 2011. This will be a yearly event.

The House of Sarah is also the headquarters of the Association of Anglican Women. The AAW has an office space there and the Administrative Assistant for the House of Sarah is also responsible for the water projects of the AAW. The House of Sarah is the venue for most of the meetings of the Suva & Ovalau AAW office-bearers

The House of Sarah has attracted lots of people not only those who need counselling but also prayers and other needs.