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Tuesday, 22 April 2014 13:09

Solar Project

LIGHT IN EVERY HOME. CLEAN ENERGY. FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT.

Project Background

The ACOM solar light project has been introduced in 2010, the programme was funded by the AusAID innovation fund under the title ‘Barefoot Power Entrepreneur Training Program’ and implement through Anglican Oversea Aid (AOA) partnership with Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM). The church is advocator of solar renewable energy, which promoting climate friendly and climate change- adaptation technology solar power to communities in rural areas. Solar household desk lamps were distributed to remote communities in its Dioceses. It aimed is to Substitute Kerosene and replaced it with cheaper and environmentally sustainable solar LED lamps.

The Anglican Oversea Aid (AOA) in Solomon Island, the Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) provide the in country network for the project implementation. Malaita province was recommended due to transport accessibility to Honiara during the pilot project period in 2010. In 2012 the project was then expand to four of its Dioceses, Hanuato’o, Ysabel, Central and Guadalcanal. The consultation success were made through Mothers union in those diocese where they manage the sales and maintain the supply chain to the very remote villages.

OBJECTIVES

The primary aim for the project is to introduce the use of solar to the communities to replace kerosene lamp also to encourage gender inclusion in solar training and providing employment opportunities for youths and women.

TRAINING

Following the entrepreneurial training in 2010 for entrepreneurs at Malaita, which covers financial literacy, entrepreneurship and technical information, the project offered the following solar training to communities and solar technician base at rural areas.

Current training offered:

Basic electric

PV installation

Safety basics

Charge controller

Batteries

PV common failures

Module orientation

Other topic which will offered this year covers, PV array system sizing and load analysis, this skill training is to enhance and empower communities, mothers and youths to manage and maintain their solar

systems. The ACOM believes that through empowerment in different field of skill then will help young youths to decide their future in regard to ‘self-reliance’ approach.

Gender Inclusion

The significant step that highlights during solar training were the inclusion of women. Women are traditionally excluded in decision making in all forms particularly regard to energy sector. Culturally women are not influence or skilled to learn related field of training, however women are the primary users of solar energy related to house hold duties. We create flexible learning environment for women to participate and contribute during the training sessions, with this basics it create mutual understanding for both genders to learn and achieve equal knowledge to maintain and manage their own systems as well as empowered women to engage more in educational and income generating activities.

Expansions of the solar project to other four ACOM dioceses have been made possible through the hard work of Mothers union members throughout ACOM dioceses.

The EDUCATION BOARD is a body that looks after the day to day work of the Church owned Schools in the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

The Anglican Church of Melanesia (Solomon Islands) Education Board is the Education Authority of the Church in Solomon Islands as Prescribed by the Education Act 1978 of the Solomon Islands Government. Like wise, The Anglican Church of Melanesia (Vanuatu) has it's own Education Board that represents the interests of education in the Anglican Church of Melanesia in Vanuatu.

According to the Church Constitution, the Education Board in the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu shall meet at least twice every year but may meet more frequently should the need arise and should the Executive Committee decide.

Their work is to:

Advise the Anglican Church of Melanesia on all matters concerning the development and operation of the education system in the Church in the Solomon Islands and in the Republic of Vanuatu; to formulate and propose to the General Synod or Executive Council (as may be appropriate) education policy for the Anglican Church of Melanesia in Solomon Islands and the Republic of Vanuatu; to advise the Anglican Church of Melanesia on matters concerning the financing of education policy and training awards within the Church in Solomon Islands and in the Republic of Vanuatu to name a few.

Click here; and go to pages 106, 107, 108 and 109 of the 2011 ACoM Manual under Constitutions & Canons to learn more about Education Board in Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

THE COMMISSION ON JUSTICE, RECONCILIATION and PEACE was formally established in 2008, at the closing of a Peace Consultation held in Honiara from 28 April to 1st May in the same year. The consultation had brought in some 90 participants from Malaita, Guadalcanal and Honiara being the areas heavily affected by the ethnic conflict of 1998 – 2003. Participants consists of bishops from the affected areas, clergy, four Religious Orders, women, youths, chiefs, ex-militants and ex-police officers, the bishops from other diocese in the Solomon Islands and representatives of the Solomon Islands Government from the Ministry of National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace.

The ethnic conflict in 1999 – 2003 which had destroyed all key political institutions in Solomon Islands, and which had brought down the country’s economy to its bed rock was instrumented by rival militants from Guadalcanal and Malaita. Although the ethnic conflict in Solomon Islands had ended, the need to address its effects especially in Guadalcanal and Malaita being the most affected areas still need immediate response of the Church.

Purpose of the Commission

• Advise the church particularly the General Synod, the Executive Council, The Council of Bishops and the Anglican Board of Mission, on the issues pertaining to justice, reconciliation and Peace which may fragment or divide the church and communities.

• To assist the dioceses on issues of justice, reconciliation and peace when requested or if considered appropriate

• Facilitate training, education and advocacy on justice, reconciliation and peace issues Duties and Responsibilities

• To carry out surveys and research relating to issues of justice, reconciliation and peace

• To present reports to appropriate bodies

• To oversee action plans which may involve the training of clergy and laity, including members of the Religious Orders, in healing, reconciling and rebuilding societies and strengthening of relationships in communities

• To monitor and report to appropriate Church bodies on progress made on the implementation of action plans

• To liaise with the justice, reconciliation and peace net works of such other bodies as the Anglican Consultative Council, the World Council of Churches and similar

• To exercise, through the Archbishop and the Bishops, the prophetic role of the church in the world.

Contact the office;

Coordinator: Rev.Fr. Graham Mark

The Anglican Church in Solomon Islands and Vanuatu

P.O. Box 19, Mendana Avenue, Honiara

Solomon Islands

Telephone: + (677) 21892/3

Fax: + (677) 21098

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“This disaster is not a punishment from God, BUT the disaster helps us not to forget God”. These are the words of the Archbishop of the Anglican Church in the Province of Melanesia, the Most Reverend David Vunagi in an interview with ACOM Communications early this week.

Friday, 11 April 2014 14:40

Youth Gap Centre Introduced in DOVNC

THE Diocese of Vanuatu and New Caledonia (DOVNC) in Vanuatu is setting up Youth Gap Center that runs Youth Gap Program for young people in the Diocese. Youth Gap Program involves training and preparing youths for mission experience.

Friday, 11 April 2014 14:20

DOCM MU HELD SUCCESSFUL CONFERENCE

THE Mothers Union of the Diocese of Central Melanesia (DOCM) successfully ended their three (3) days conference held at the Christ the King Chapel yesterday afternoon.

The theme of the conference is, “Strengthening Christian Family Life”.

Thirty five (35) MU participants including three clergy men from the Parish and the DOCM MU Chaplain Rev. Fr. Ellison Koke attended the conference.

Two MU representatives from the Anglican community in Renbel are amongst other MU representatives who came from the six (6) parishes within DOCM.

The Diocesan MU conference was held after every three (3) years as they prepare for the Provincial Mothers Union Conference that will also take place later this year.

Amongst the issue discussed over the three days conference are: the issues relating to the work of the Mothers in the DOCM, the strategic plan of the Diocesan MU, Provincial MU resolutions, and reports from all Mothers union office in the Parish level. Most of all how best the ministry (MU) will be able to carry out her duties successfully and effectively in the parish level and to the Diocesan level.

Elections of new office bearers is also a major task carried out at the end of the conference.

The results are as follows: Mrs. Marylyn Chuchuni reelected MU President of DOCM, Mrs. Qwen Koke elected diocesan MU Vice President, Christina Lokumana elected MU Link Secretary and Rose Mutui elected MU Literature Coordinator of the Diocese of Central Melanesia.

The program ended with an Eucharist service and feasting.

Friday, 11 April 2014 14:15

Students learn GFS Program

Students and staff of Bishop Naramana Vocational Training Centre in Ysabel are lucky to attain extra knowledge from the Provincial Mothers Union team that visited the Centre on the 16th of March 2014.

THE Southern Region of the Melanesian Brotherhoods which includes the dioceses of Vanuatu and Banks and Torres, now has a new Regional Head Brother. He is Brother Nathaniel Tagoa.

Wednesday, 09 April 2014 15:46

MELANESIA TRUST BOARD

THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF MELANESIA TRUST BOARD is a board that looks after the property, money and endowments of the Province in the Solomon Islands.

The PURPOSE as in the 2011 ACOM MANUAL.

Article 19 of the Constitution says that until the General Synod appoints a Trust Board the Council of Bishops shall be the Trustees. The Council of Bishops has already incorporated itself as the Church of Melanesia Trust Board (Incorporated) under the Charitable Trust Ordinance of the Solomon Islands. The Deed by which they have done this is attached to this Canon as Appendix 1. By this present Canon the General Synod accepts what they have done and agrees with it.

TRUSTEES as in the 2011 ACOM MANUAL.

1. From this time the members of the Board shall be the Archbishop or in his absence the Senior Bishop, the General Secretary, five members to be elected by the General Synod and two other members to be appointed by the Council of Bishops for a term of three years or until the next meeting of the General Synod after they have been elected or appointed.

2. The five members to be elected by the General Synod shall be chosen as follows:-

(a) One shall be a Diocesan Bishop of the Anglican Church of Melanesia other than the Archbishop;

(b) Two shall be Assistant Bishops or priests of the Anglican Church of Melanesia and members of the General Synod;

(c) Two shall be lay persons of the Anglican Church of Melanesia and members of the General Synod. One of the two lay persons shall be a woman;

3. The remaining two members (to be appointed by the Council of Bishops) need not be members of the General Synod or members of the Anglican Church of Melanesia;

4. If a Trustee is absent from Board meetings on two consecutive occasions without first having obtained leave of absence from the Board, or alternatively, without sending an apology to the General Secretary before the meeting with an explanation for his absence which is acceptable to the Board, then such Trustee's membership of the Board will automatically cease and his place on the Board will be filled following the procedure laid down in Section E of this Canon.

PROMISES BY TRUSTEES

These seven elected members may be dismissed by the General Synod or when the General Synod is not meeting by the Executive Council. They must promise to obey and acknowledge that they are subject to the control of the General Synod and must accept and obey all that is in the Constitution of the Anglican Church of Melanesia and all the laws and resolutions which the General Synod may make. Each member must promise to resign his appointment as Trustee if the General Synod asks him to do so. Each member shall make his promise in the form given in the First Schedule of the Appendix to this Canon.

RESIGNATION OR DEATH OF TRUSTEES

If a member dies or resigns the remaining members may continue to act provided that there are still at least six of them but the vacant places shall be filled as soon as possible so that there are seven members as well as the Archbishop and the General Secretary. When the General Synod is not meeting, the Executive Council shall choose members to fill those vacancies which have arisen because of the death or resignation of a member elected by the General Synod and the Council of Bishops shall choose members to fill those vacancies which have arisen because of the death or resignation of a member appointed by the Council of Bishops until the next meeting of the General Synod.

MINIMUM NUMBER OF TRUSTEES

The number of members shall not be less than six at any one time.

MEETINGS OF THE BOARD

(a) The Archbishop shall be Chairperson of all meetings of the Board. In the absence of the Archbishop, the Senior Bishop will be Chairperson and in the absence of both the Archbishop and the Senior Bishop the members shall elect one of their number to be Chairperson.

(b) The quorum for a meeting of the Board shall be four including the Chairperson.

(c) A meeting of the Board may be called only by the Archbishop or when at least three members ask in writing for a meeting. It may be held at any time or place, but it shall not be necessary for all members to agree in order that an act of the Board may be lawful. A majority of members present and voting shall be enough to make their decisions lawful.

(d) The Chairperson shall have a casting vote in addition to his ordinary vote as a member.

The Secretary of the Board shall be the General Secretary of the Anglican Church of Melanesia.

Should you wish to know more about THE CHURCH OF MELANESIA TRUST BOARD; go to page 78 of the 2011 ACoM Manual under Constittutions and Canons. Click here.

Wednesday, 09 April 2014 15:13

THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

The Executive Council is the name given to the Standing Committee of the General Synod and it will serve from the close of a Session of the General Synod to the opening of the next Session.

The Executive Council includes: The Council of Bishops, The Assistant Bishops, One ordained person and one layman of each Diocese chosen by the Diocesan Synod or Council of each Diocese from the elected members of the General Synod provided that:- (a) In the event of an elected Representative as provided for in this Section ceasing to be a member of his Diocesan Synod or resigning, one of the other members of the Diocesan Synod who is also a member of the General Synod will be elected by the next Diocesan Synod or Diocesan Council meeting, whichever occurs first and alternate Representatives may be elected in accordance with this Section. The General Secretary and the Dean of the Provincial Cathedral are also members of the council.

The Archbishop, or in his absence the Senior Bishop, will call meetings and preside at all meetings of the Executive Council and there must be at least one meeting held every year in which the General Synod does not meet.

The Minutes of all meetings of the Executive Council will be tabled at every Session of the General Synod.

Click here to read more about the Executive Council in page 64 of the 2011 ACoM Manual under Constitutions & Canon.