World Families Australia
The aim of World Families Australia is to provide communities in need with food, shelter, education and medical care through the support of a volunteer Project Officer who provide on-going support to ensure the maximum amount of donor support reaches the intended recipients.
To meet this aim World Families Australia funds a range of relief and community development projects in a number of countries in Asia and Africa and some Project Officers self-fund overseas visits to their projects to monitor progress.
One off donations, quarterly donations or an annual gift are sent to a project coordinator in the host country who knows the project or the child (and their family).
Providing funds or donations to more than
800 children and projects in 7 countries
- This is an update on the Liwan area which WFA has been supporting since 2007. Liwan is a remote region with 4 villages made up of mud and thatch tukels spread over a large distance, far from any road or services. Most of the families living in the Liwan region are Shuro, a disadvantaged and marginalised cultural group, and there are also a number of Manja families supported by the project who live nearby and are another disadvantaged and marginalised group. Liwan has high maternal, infant and child mortality exists and women and children are very disadvantaged. Each man has 4-7 wives, and each wife (often married very young) has 4-10 children.WFA funded the building of a school grade 1-4 which was completed in 2008. The school is co-run and supported by the government. Co-responsibility with government is often the best model for schools and health centres to ensure government accountability/responsibility while also providing additional support and the initiation of services which might not otherwise occur. The Government provides half the teachers wages and government text books, with WFA child sponsorship funds covering the other half of the teachers, guard and cook wages, food for the students, text books, pencils and sports equipment. Research shows that even a few years of education makes a significant difference in girls being married later, and it being more likely that they and their infant will survive childbirth, and that their children will be more likely to live past the age of 5 years. Mothers and fathers who have had a few years of education are also more likely to send their children to school, so the positive impact continues into the next generation.I have just received (mid-October 2020) the exciting news that the government has increased the school to grade 5! This is fabulous news, as although many of the boys are sent to Dekia (a large village about 4 hours walk away) to the WFA supported boarding school for grade 5 and up, this is not common for the Shuro girls due to early marriage practices, with most of the girls who continue their education in Dekia being Manja.
Initially it was almost impossible to get teachers to come to Liwan given its extreme remoteness and due to safety concerns, as the Shuro are known for settling disputes with spears. Our first school principal was a young lad who had completed grade 10. However, provision of a good home for the teachers to live in, and the school having better facilities and equipment than many remote schools as a result of WFA helped to improve the reputation and soon teachers were willing to come, despite the remoteness and challenges. Our urgent need at the current time is to repair and extend the teachers residence. The teachers residence was initially built when there were only a few teachers, and needs to be extended to cater for more teachers – and their families. In addition, the buildings are made in the traditional way with packed earth and sticks, and although the WFA supported building are done with a concrete foundation and an iron roof which extends the life of the building, the walls still need repairs every 10 years or so. A couple of years ago WFA raised funds to repair the school, however, the teachers residence was not included in these repairs and is desperately in need of repairs. In the 6th photo you can see the school building on the left and the teachers residence on the right. Before and after photos of the school are attached so you can see the amazing difference these repairs make. In the near future we will also raise funds to build some teachers homes for teachers with young families in Shittio, a village nearby where WFA funded the building of a health post, which will provide a greater level of security for them. The government has already provided the land for this purpose.