OUR OVERSEAS AID PROJECT LAP (CHILDREN OF THE RAINBOW LANTERN)

OUR OVERSEAS AID PROJECT LAP

ONE CHILD – ONE LIFE

From 1987 to September 2016, the Ministry of Health recorded the cumulative number of HIV infections in Indonesia as many as 219 036 cases. Meanwhile, the cumulative number of HIV infections in 2010-2016 are as many as 184 779 cases, in which 13 263 (7.18%) of whom were children aged 0-19 years (P2P DG, Ministry of Health, 2016). This number will continue to grow if prevention of transmission is not performed. HIV prevention programs have mainly focused on key populations such as injecting drug users, sex workers and other high-risk groups. Children born with HIV are often missed in the government program, but the child is a traveling source of HIV transmission in the high-risk group.

The Ministry of Health is strongly committed to tackling HIV and AIDS. One of the efforts is through the provision of Anti-Retroviral drugs (ARV) for people with HIV, including children. “Up to the month of November 2016 recorded 74 879 people living with HIV on antiretroviral treatment in Indonesia and about 4% of them are children,” said Director of Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Direct, dr.Wiendra Waworuntu, Kes. This is also supported by David Bridger, UNAIDS Country Director for Indonesia, said: “If children have access to proper treatment, children can grow and develop properly, like the other kids.”

The issue of HIV, both in adults and children, is often seen as a health issue alone. Though there are many aspects in life that are ultimately affected. The challenges faced in addition to health problems is access to education. Discrimination often occurs in the school environment so that the child had to go out and look for a new school. To cope, this should be considered together with a platform and framework that enables a sustainable cross-sectoral involvement, as submitted by the Director General of Culture Ministry of Education and Culture, Hilmar Farid.

Another challenge faced is the parenting issue that is the responsibility of a guardian such as grandparents or other family members. Ineligibility for shelter and a lack of knowledge about parenting also have an impact on the quality of life of children with HIV. To realize the quality of life for children with HIV, the important role and commitment of various parties including the government and the public is needed. Currently, services and comprehensive programs that serves children with HIV are still few in number. Nahar, SH, MSi., Director of Social Rehabilitation for Children Ministry of Social RI said that the involvement of the Social Worker in the prevention, protection and social rehabilitation for children with HIV should continue to be pursued through partnership with community organizations or institutions that have a concern in the protection of children with HIV.

Through a photo exhibition “One Child One Life Projekt” Rainbow Kids Lantern (LAP) is opening so that the public can learn more about the lives of children with HIV. The exhibition is expected to be the initial idea for all parties to be involved in programs and support services for children with HIV. In addition as a means of advocacy and education to raise public awareness, it also exhibits an appreciation for the volunteers, the community, government, and all parties that already provide support to LAP in assisting children with HIV in Jakarta.

LAP was established in 2009 upon initiation Prof. Irwanto, Ph.D., to address the challenges that exist in the community about HIV-infected children. LAP is part of a community service unit under the auspices of HIV Research Centre (PPH) Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia. As the mentoring program of children with HIV in Indonesia, LAP aims to improve the quality of life of children with HIV. In addition, LAP also educates the public and the government to take part in efforts to reduce the adverse effects on the child. Through home-based care program, LAP want to make sure that every child has greater access to family care, health facilities, education, and does not experience discrimination in society. This effort was supported by the National AIDS Commission (NAC) through funding Indonesian Partnership Fund (IPF) for 1.5 years. Since 2011, LAP gain support from various public and private groups to this day

LAP is currently assisting 100 children in Jakarta and surrounding areas. LAP Team consists of permanent staff, part-time, and volunteers with various backgrounds who work wholeheartedly. Without the help of donors, volunteers, communities, the government and all those who have provided support for LAP, this program cannot continue.

In the end, the support given by all parties is very meaningful. Whatever its form, the support is like a beacon for the life of children with HIV to experience a better quality of life and have a better hope in the future, just like the other children.

30TH ANNIVERSARY OF SAINT JOHN PAUL II’S ADDRESS TO ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLES

30TH ANNIVERSARY OF SAINT JOHN PAUL II’S ADDRESS TO ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLES

This anniversary will be celebrated on 27 November. This week our parish will remember the importance of this visit to the Australian Catholic Community when Saint Pope John Paul II reminded us of the importance of Unity and Reconciliation. Quote from Saint John Paul 2nd in Alice Springs in November in 1986 ….

“You are part of Australia and Australia is part of you. And the Church herself in Australia will not be fully the Church that Jesus wants her to be until you have made your contribution to her life and until that contribution has been joyfully received by others.”

These words were spoken to the Aboriginal Catholics in Alice Springs 30 years ago, but could equally apply to us all right now in 2016.
One way our parish took heed of his words was that following the Jubilee Year, a small group commenced a discussion in the Parish on the importance of installing a Plaque acknowledging the aboriginal people who lived in this part of the country where we now worship.
By popular vote among our Parishioners, the decision was made to install a plaque and on the wording to be used.
We shared an amazing celebration at the blessing and unveiling of the Plaque on the 28th July 2002.
Please take the time today to pass by the Rock….our garden around the Rock is looking sad, notwithstanding our best efforts…..perhaps someone has a suggestion on how it can be replanted and child proofed!
You may also like to view our Message Stick on display in the glass cabinet behind the font.
It was purchased from the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry (founded following the Papal Visit) and symbolises the sharing of cultural knowledge.
The paintings displayed on the back wall of the Church were prepared and painted by the teachers and students of our Confirmation class of 2001. These children met with Vickie Clark who was the Co-ordinator of the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Vic. to discuss Aboriginal Spirituality and gain an understanding of the links between Confirmation, ( Christian Initiation) and Aboriginal Initiation .

……Kevin McIntosh

PARISH DANCE IN AID OF CHILDREN LIVING WITH AIDS IN INDONESIA

PARISH DANCE

The Ripchords will be back at the parish Centre on Saturday 25 June with their great music and will get you up dancing all night! Cost is $20 per head. BYO basket supper. All profit goes to LAP Project. Make a table and join in the fun. Enquiries to Cathie on 0405 380 560

So instead of just putting your donation towards the care of the poorest of the poor children in Indonesia (and we cannot say enough how much we appreciate your generosity), come along and help show our Sunbury Parish Community in action in a great cause and do something for yourself at the same time (have fun, that is).

Below is another clip from The Ripchords playing at Pascoe Vale RSL March 2016

OUR OVERSEAS HUMANITARIAN PROJECT. A VISIT BY THE PROGRAM MANAGER NITA ANGGRIAWAN

LAP-2Nita Anggriawan (the Program Manager for the LAP Support Group at the Catholic University in Jakarta) visited the parish recently to specifically thank the parish community and our two primary schools for their wonderful generosity over the past 18 months in supporting the HIV AIDS children.

(LATEST) Nita Anggriawan has now returned to Jakarta after her visit to the parish. Nita wanted to pass on her thanks to the parish and our schools for the hospitality and warm welcome she received. Nita was particularly grateful to receive $1,443 in unsolicited donations from a number of Parishioners during her visit. These contributions will be immediately put into the care of the children with HIV AIDS.
LAP-1Nita spoke at each of our Masses and also joined us for morning tea after the 8:30 Mass.

LAP-3 Parishioners made Nita welcome and used the opportunity to find out more from Nita about how your generousity is assisting Nita and her team in their critical care for the children.

Pictured below is Is a 7 year old boy, Noval showing the change caused by 14 months of care.

LAP 5

END POVERTY………..15YEARS OF ACHIEVMENT

Millennium Development Goals Report 2014
(Click here to read the full report)

Fourteen years ago, the Millennium Declaration articulated a bold vision and established concrete targets for improving the existence of many and for saving the lives of those threatened by disease and hunger. There has been important progress across all goals, with some targets already having been met well ahead of the December 31st 2015 deadline.

Several MDG targets have been met

 • The world has reduced extreme poverty by half

 • Efforts in the fight against malaria and tuberculosis have shown results
 If the trends continue, the world will reach the MDG targets on malaria and tuberculosis.

 • Access to an improved drinking water source became a reality for 2.3 billion people
The target of halving the proportion of people without access to an improved drinking water source was achieved in 2010, five years ahead of schedule.

 • Disparities in primary school enrolment between boys and girls are being eliminated in all developing regions
By 2012, all developing regions have achieved, or were close to achieving, gender parity in primary education.

 • The political participation of women has continued to increase

 • Development assistance rebounded, the trading system stayed favourable for developing countries and their debt burden remained low

 • Major trends that threaten environmental sustainability continue, but examples of successful global action exist

 • Hunger continues to decline, but immediate additional efforts are needed to reach the MDG target

 • Chronic undernutrition among young children declined, but one in four children is still affected

 • Child mortality has been almost halved, but more progress is needed

 • Much more needs to be done to reduce maternal mortality

 • Antiretroviral therapy is saving lives and must be expanded further

 • Over a quarter of the world’s population has gained access to improved sanitation since 1990, yet a billion people still resorted to open defecation

 • 90 per cent of children in developing regions are attending primary school

The MDGs brought together governments, the international community, civil society and the private sector to achieve concrete goals for development and poverty eradication. Much has been accomplished through the concerted and focused efforts of all, saving and improving the lives of many people, but the agenda remains unfinished. The analysis presented in this report points to the importance of intensifying efforts to meet all MDG targets.
The post-2015 development agenda is slated to carry on the work of the MDGs and integrate the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. Continued progress towards the MDGs in the remaining year is essential to provide a solid foundation for the post-2015 development agenda.
Wu Hongbo
Under-Secretary-General for Economic
and Social Affairs

OVER $4000 RAISED LAST WEEKEND!!! A THANK YOU VIDEO FROM L.A.P.

To the wonderful people of the OLMC Parish Community and the Staff and Children at St Anne’s – thank you for your generosity! Over $4,000 has been raised from last week’s fundraising appeal and Coloured Clothing Day at the School.
The Parish Office will be forwarding the funds direct to the Team at the Catholic University in Jakarta caring for the children living with HIV-AIDS. We know how grateful they will be for your wonderful support.
Thank you, again, – Mick Hetherington, Frank O’Connor, Julie Reddan and Tony Kiley on behalf of the Parish Coordinating Team.

THE FOLLOWING VIDEO HAS BEEN SENT BY LENTERA ANAK PELANGI IN INDONESIA TO THE PARISHIONERS OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL PARISH IN SUNBURY TO SAY THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT AND TO SHOW SOME OF THEIR WORK.

PROJECT COMPASSION 2015

The Theme for Project Compassion 2015 is “Food for Life”.

Food is essential for all life, yet many of the world’s poorest people do not have food security. That means they live from day-to-day, uncertain of how to afford or how to access their next meal. Without food, the rest of life is impossible to contemplate: how can you plan for the future or educate your children when you fear you will be hungry?

As Pope Francis says: “It is a well-known fact that current levels of production are sufficient, yet millions of people are still suffering and dying of starvation. This is truly scandalous.”

Project Compassion 2015 explores how Caritas Australia is helping the world’s poorest people establish sustainable food, walking with them as they free themselves from the burden of food insecurity and develop new, improved income streams for a better future.

OVERSEAS HUMANITARIAN PROJECT – THANK YOU

To the wonderful people of the OLMC Parish Community – thank you for your generosity! Over $4,355 has been raised from last week’s fundraising appeal. The Parish Office will be forwarding the funds direct to the Team at the Catholic University in Jakarta caring for the children living with HIV-AIDS. We know how grateful they will be for your wonderful support. We would also like to thank the Parishioners who have already filled in pledge cards authorising regular contributions to the project. If you are considering making a regular contribution, pledge cards can be handed in at Masses or at the Parish Office. We will have more information on the total value of these regular contributions in the next week or so.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY ASSISTING REFUGEE STUDENTS

MERCY CONNECT PROJECT MELBOURNE

Mercy Works Ltd. is currently recruiting volunteers to support Refugee and Asylum Seeker Children and Adults in the Melbourne Archdiocese. The volunteer commitment is approximately half a day per week for four school terms. Experience working in an educational setting is preferred but not limited to. Interview process will be in February followed by a Training Day in March. Please contact Sister Mary Lewis RSM for an application form and further information. Email: somml@bigpond.com  – preferable Tel: 9326 1895 Website: www.mercyworks.org.au

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Primary School Mini Vinnies Update

OLMC GardenersSome of our members are involved with the Sunbury Community Kitchen and we saw the opportunity to get Mini Vinnies involved by contributing towards Monday night meals, by having a vegetable patch in our school.
With the generous donation of $500 from the Rotary Club of Sunbury, we have been able to make our idea a reality. Mini Vinnies Conference members enthusiastically weeded and turned the soil over to make a healthy environment for our vegetables to grow in. We purchased the seedlings, vitamins, soil and mulch and regularly watered our garden. We have now harvested spring onions and different types of lettuce and they were used at the kitchen. The excess vegetables will be sold and the money raised will be used towards next years crops.

Another project we have been very proud to be involved in, is Operation Christmas Child, which is run by Samaritan’s
Purse. It gives children who live in poverty a chance to receive a Christmas Present for possibly the first time.

We organized the delivery boxes and asked each grade in our school to fill the shoe boxes with small toys or stationary. We had two boxes for each grade – one for boys and one for girls. Each grade could also choose what age group they wanted to give their donations to –  2 – 4 year olds, 5 – 9 year olds or 10-14 year olds. Our school students were excited to be able to donate to this cause. Once they were filled, a volunteer from Samaritan’s Purse collected the boxes and the Rotary Club donation paid for the postage, to get the boxes to Cambodia. The boxes are on a freighter right now and are due to arrive in Cambodia on December 12th.
(more info here on Operation Christmas Child Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OCCshoeboxes)

By Erinn, Mackenzie & Rick, on behalf of OLMC Mini Vinnies

TYPHOON HAIYAN ANNIVERSARY

It has been a year since the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines and killed 6300 people, causing 4.1 million people to be displaced and 1.1 million homes were damaged or destroyed. Caritas Australia raised a huge $6 million to assist in the rebuilding of lives and infrastructure to the communities affected by the devastation. Caritas reports that they work is still continuing to rebuild the lives and communities so badly affected by this natural disaster of which the world has not seen before. The full report will be on the St Anne’s noticeboard or check out the link at www.caritas.org.au/haiyan.

TRUTH JUSTICE HEALING COUNCIL

 Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council has called upon all Catholic Communities to stay in touch with the reforms which are starting to take place in the church as the Royal Commission into child sex abuse continues its work. To subscribe to the councils weekly newsletter or find out about the Catholic Church and the Royal Commission and details for the Church’s reform agenda, go to  www.tjhcouncil.org.au.
You can contact the Council via phone on 02 6234 0900 or email admin@tjhcouncil.org.au.
Mr Sullivan said the church, through the council, is working closely with the Commission on a new approach to helping survivors of child sexual abuse find justice.