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Heather Johnson is shown some of the products. Photo by Bruce Johnson
THIS YEAR, Uniting Church Adult Fellowships (UCAF) all over Queensland are raising money for a UnitingWorld supported livelihood project of the United Church of Solomon Islands.

The Women’s Leadership and Livelihood project emerged in consultations by the Assembly United Church Women’s Fellowship (AUCWF) with women from the Church’s four regions of the Solomon Islands.

The objectives of the project are to strengthen leadership roles and the capacity of women in local Church communities, train women in simple bookkeeping, raise awareness of signifi cant social and health issues from a Christian perspective, share livelihood and skills ideas that can assist the women in income generation, and provide small loans to women to enable them to have initial resources for their chosen livelihood endeavour.

The AUCWF will also assist women in marketing their products.

Training will begin on a trial basis in six circuits of two regions and, if successful, will eventually be offered in all four regions.

UCAF Queensland Synod Committee President, Patsy Dale, said funds raised at their annual service in September in
Caloundra will go towards the project.

“This project has been adopted by our Queensland Adult Fellowships for 2011, following last year’s successful project
which raised over $8300 for the Burke and Wills Patrol,” she said.

“The Moderator observed the beginning of the project when he and his wife Heather visited the Solomon Islands last year.

“Already, we have forwarded an advance donation of $2800 through UnitingWorld and have received word that the women
are greatly encouraged by our support.”

Photo : Heather Johnson is shown some of the products. Photo by Bruce Johnson