Poanangisu Village Partnership

The Paonangisu Village Partnership (PVP) is a partnership between the people of Poanangisu village in North Efate and members of the congregation from North Ringwood Uniting Church in Melbourne, Australia.

It commenced in 2013 following a Supporters Tour, organised by Medical Sailing Ministries  (MSM) from North Ringwood Uniting Church.   Discussion amongst the participants of the Supporters Tour revealed a desire to maintain an ongoing relationship with the people of Paonangisu – for the mutual benefit and encouragement of both sides.

The objectives of the Paonangisu Village Partnership (PVP) are summarised below:

1.  Encouraging each other in our respective Christian “faith journeys”.

2. Developing a two-way exchange of friendship, fellowship and cultural awareness,  specifically:

  • youth musical tours
  • educational exchanges
  • student scholarships
  • evangelical outreach
  • leadership & vocational training

3.  Economic development, including the establishment of small business and tourism activities, generating income to be used for the betterment of the community.

2015.03.10 PVP committee meeting - Copy

Website

http://msm.org.au/latest-mission/paonangisu/


Region of activity

The village of Paonangisu is located at the north of the island of Efate in Vanuatu


Field of activity

The objectives of the Paonangisu Village Partnership (PVP) are summarised below:

1.  Encouraging each other in our respective Christian “faith journeys”.

2. Developing a two-way exchange of friendship, fellowship and cultural awareness,  specifically:

  • youth musical tours
  • educational exchanges
  • student scholarships
  • evangelical outreach
  • leadership & vocational training

3.  Economic development, including the establishment of small business and tourism activities, generating income to be used for the betterment of the community.

 


Country of origin

Australia


Affiliations

The Paonangisu Village Partnership is affiliated with North Ringwood Unitings Church  www.nruc.org.au   Medical Sailing Ministries  www.msm.org.au and the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu (PCV)


Brief History

Introduction

The idea for the establishment of a Paonangisu Village Partnership (PVP) arose out of the 2013 Supporters Tour, organised by Medical Sailing Ministries  (MSM) at North Ringwood Uniting Church.

A total of 32 people joined the 10 day tour, which included a welcome and full day program of activities hosted by the people of Paonangisu Village on the north of Efate Island and organised by the Elders of the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu (PCV) congregation.

As the article in the Appendix at the back of this report describes, the “Village Experience” was a very moving event with an incredible amount of work being invested by the local people to ensure its success.

Discussion amongst the participants of the Supporters Tour revealed a desire to maintain an ongoing relationship with the people of Paonangisu – for the mutual benefit and encouragement of both sides.

Appoint Committees

In order to manage the proposed activities of the PVP in an efficient, transparent manner, it is proposed that two committees, or teams, be appointed:

Paonangisu PCV Church team, and the

North Ringwood Uniting Church (UC) team

Each committee to comprise keen, capable people – equal male and female, old and young.

Meetings to be held at least quarterly and minutes distributed within 7 days of each meeting.

In addition, it is further proposed that a representative of the PCV Church in Pt Vila will also be involved to provide ongoing assistance to both teams.

Assess Projects & Report Regularly

The role of each team, in both Vanuatu and Melbourne, will be to propose, assess, plan and implement ideas and projects that meet the stated Objectives of the PVP.

The proposal of an idea from one team, however, should not be seen as creating an obligation on the part of the other team to accept or approv e the idea.  It is intended that the flow of ideas, suggestions, feedback – both good and bad – should be open and conducted in a spirit of love and Christian understanding.

Financial Reporting

Recognising that “money”, whilst essential for the implementation of many ideas and activities, also has the potential to create envy, mis-trust, suspicion  and greed.

It is proposed that each team establish a separate bank account, clearly marked as “PVP Account”, which will be used for the receiving and payment of all moneys.

Separate financial reporting should be maintained for each project, and included with the minutes from each quarterly meeting – along with consolidated reports for the whole account

Annual Reports

An Annual Report should be prepared By at least March of each year showing, amongst other things:

  • Meetings details – dates, attendance, minutes etc
  • Activities and projects considered
  • Activities and projects acomplished
  • Activities and projects in progress and planned for the future
  • Financial statements for each project and consolidated annual statements


Current Plans

 

Current Projects

Based on intial feedback and discussion, the following projects are presented for consideration:

  1. Freshwater and toilet project
  2. Musical tour to Melbourne 2016 – Paonangisu singing group  (Soul harvest)
  3.  “Village Experience” half-day tour – Develop and run “package tour” for tourists.
  4.  Low cost home building – business development vocational training
  5.  Village Film Nights – Education, outreach & entertainment
  6.  Low Smoke Stoves – business development & health promotion
  7.  Church leadership development  - preaching, pastoral care and Bible study
  8.  Cash crop production – business & community development
  9.  Student scholarships
  10.  Health education & prevention


Resource Requirements

The freshwater and toilet project was expected to be completed this year (2015), however, Tropical Cyclone Pam has caused significant damage which will need to be addressed before proceeding.

At the moment we are looking for volunteer trades people to assist with the rebuilding process

In addition, we are seeking donated funds to enable a broader scope of work to be undertaken


Contact Details

Robert Latimer

latimer@partnerfinancialgroup.com.au


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