Tag: Pacific Islands
As a community-based organization, TANGO's principal concern is encouraging and assisting NGOs in their work to enable human development within Tuvalu. TANGO encourages this to be undertaken in a sustainable manner, ensuring the long-term survival of its own organization and any projects in which it assists. TANGO seeks to ensure transparency and accountability for the activities for TANGO and other members of the civil society and offers leadership to NGOs by example and guidance.
TANGO is a non-profit member organisation that aims to help and support healthy and sustainable development of NGOs in Tuvalu through the provision of training, services and information and through encouraging collaboration and communication between NGOs, government and international agencies.
Our vision for TANGO is of an efficient and effective organisation working for the betterment of the NGO's to deliver activities to promote human development and raise awareness of human, social and economic issues facing the people of Tuvalu. TANGO strives for cooperative effort amongst its members and a collaborative relationship with government.
To foster the spiritual, mental, physical and social, development of the young people of Tuvalu.
Build an enabling environment that will guarantee the fulfillment of the TNYC Vision.
Aims and Objectives:
Youth and Spiritual Development - Strengthening faith-based programs that nurture the spiritual development of young people.
Youth and Culture - Establish practical programs that cultivate stronger appreciation of traditional values and national pride.
Youth and Education - Establish practical programs that provide opportunities for young people to successfully gain appropriate technical and vocational life skills.
Youth and the Law - Promote initiatives that develop self-respect, respect for authority and the elders, and respect for others.
Youth and Health - promote initiatives that encourage young people to live a healthier lifestyle.
Youth and Economic Empowerment - Establish innovative programs that engage young people in income generation initiatives.
Youth and the Environment - Train young people to practice sustainable use of natural resources.
As the Pacific Island’s leading non-governmental organization (NGO) promoting and providing sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, the Tuvalu Family Health Association (TuFHA) serves a population of 10,000 through one permanent clinic and five community-based distributors / community-based services (CBDs/CBSs).
Central to the organisation’s work is the dissemination of SRH information to specific vulnerable and underserved communities including people living with disabilities in the child bearing age group, maritime workers and people in the Correctional Facilities. In addition, the associations have a strong network with faith based organization and the government agency.
Christianity was first introduced in 1861 by Elekana, a deacon of the church in Manihiki in the northern Cook Islands. He was a member of a party of nine people whoarrived fortuitously after drifting for eight weeks in a storm. He was given permission by an island chief to teach the Gospel. After four months he went to Malua, Western Samoa, where he trained as an Islander missionary and returned to Tuvalu, which thereafter came under the supervision of the London Missionary Society (LMS). For more than a century LMS missionaries were stationed there. Later Tuvaluan Islander missionaries, trained in Samoa, served on the eight inhabited islands, where 97% of the people now belong to the church. Only a few British missionaries of the LMS have resided for any length of time in Tuvalu. The last among them assisted in the Bible translation into Tuvaluan from the (cognate) Samoan previously used as church language. Between 1959 and 1968 British missionaries helped to frame a constitution and paved the way to independence for the church in 1969. Many families from Tuvalu have worked abroad, as Islander missionaries within the Pacific, on ships, or in phosphate mines in Kiribati. One of the Tuvalu islands has a dialect close to the language of neighboring Kiribati; the two independent island states and their Prot churches stay in close contact and share similar systems of church government.
Today the church has congregations in Fiji and New Zealand and attempts are being made to astablish churches in Hawaii, Australia and in the Marshall Islands. The year 2003 will witness the reopening of the church's secondary school, Fetuvalu High School, that was once handed over to the government. Full time chaplancies to the hospital + prison and to the Tuvalu Maritime Training Institute and seamen and government has been approached for Financial assistance.
The church is a member of the World Association for Christian Communication, the Bays Brigade International Fellowship, and the Tuvalu Association of Non-Governmental Organisations.
KCCN is an NGO founded by some 50 active talented & dedicated young people and community members on Tarawa to address issues faced by children of Kiribati.
Caritas is a global network of humanitarian aid agencies working for a fairer world, inspired by the example of Christian faith and Catholic Social Teaching. It is unacceptable that millions of people are suffering through dehumanising poverty and social injustice. We seek change.
The 165 national Caritas members make the biggest network of Catholic charities in the world devoted to reducing poverty and campaigning for social justice.
Caritas Oceania brings together highly diverse members from the larger and smaller islands of the Pacific. These include Caritas Australia, Caritas Papua New Guinea, Caritas Samoa, Caritas Aotearoa-New Zealand, CEPAC (Caritas Pacific Islands) and Caritas Tonga. Together, they work on climate change, emergency response, peace building and development – both in their own countries and in other parts of the world.