This year at the Christian Care Centre we have Sister Ruth Hope, as the coordinator, Sisters Daisy, Sister Mary, and Sister Aneath are the new members of staff. There are also three Sisters from the Community of the Sisters of Melanesia, who are also part of the staff. Shortly the centre will be led by Sr Rosa Catherine from CSC.
Monthly the centre receives an average of 230 women and girls who are survivors of all forms of violence. Young babies and children accompany their mothers to the centre and grandmothers come to stay with their granddaughters during their stay at the centre. Clients and staff attend classes on life skills and work-related sessions with the Sisters.
The High Commissioner for Australia came to visit and to unveil a plaque for our Solar Lighting which has really helped us with the cost of purchasing diesel and having lights on all night. We acknowledge our pastoral visitors from the Catholic Seminary who come monthly to celebrate mass. Rev Sister Veronica who comes weekly to visit and to celebrate Holy Communion when she is available and provides counselling for our mothers and young girls and staff besides her monthly schedule as rostered.
Rev Sister Veronica always bring with her one or two Postulants and Novices from TNK to come out for a day to assist the staff at the centre when and if there is a need for extra hands and for this we are very thankful.
The Sisters at CCC also attend trainings at the Centre which are taught by an Associate who is a member of the staff at the Centre. Sisters and Novices from TNK or Patteson House are also invited to attend these trainings at the centre by our support networks. Recently there was a training session on kastom gardening and also on gender awareness. Another very important training session was held in August from a women’s organisation who came to talk about women’s health.
Students doing studies on Social Work and Gender at the local USP centre and an organisation in Fiji are doing attachments at the centre and the Sisters are very grateful for extra hands to help and also teach sisters and clients craft skills.
CCC has a preparedness plan where we have taken some strategic measures for keeping our clients at the centre updated with information weekly. We have an Emergency Plan and a possible lock down at the confirmation of a first positive case of COVID-19. We will not admit anyone unless they are of very high risk of being harmed, and have tested negative for COVID. To date Solomon Islands has 13 positive case of the virus, but they are in isolation and contained.
16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM
For 16 Days of Activism 2020 we are planning to do awareness sessions with communities around our centre and to raise awareness on how to report domestic violence to the police and to refer clients to us for counselling.
Sisters at the CCC thank the Sisters at Henderson and TNK for their garden produce for our clients at CCC.
Thank you to all our Sisters, Associates and friends, Mothers’ Union members worldwide and locally for your support and prayers.
Mrs Ethel Suri
Christian care Centre