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Melanesian Messenger Online distributed by the
Church of the Province of Melanesia
September 10, 2008

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] 
The Church of Melanesia in Vanuatu is hoping to strengthen the governance, management and operations of its churches under a new Church Partnership Programme (CPP) in Vanuatu.

CPP is a partnership between AusAID, Vanuatu Council of Churches (VCC) and the Vanuatu Government.

It is aimed at strengthening the work of the VCC and its individual member churches.

Through its membership to the VCC, the Church of Melanesia expects to strengthen its work on the church administration such as training to run the finances and how to run projects.

The 5 year programme will also focus on improving developments projects such as water, sanitation, literacy, HIV, and rural training centres.

The Church will work alongside its Australian partner Anglican Board of Mission (ABM) to implement the projects.

To start the program in early 2009, COM will set up a governance body including representation from the COM Vanuatu Provincial Office, Diocese of Banks and Torres and Diocese of Vanuatu to over see the project.

Vanuatu Mission Secretary Fr. Patteson Worek, Diocesan Secretary of Vanuatu George Hinge and Diocesan Secretary of Banks and Toress Stanley Womack along with the Melanesian Board of Mission Advisor of the Church of Melanesia Lesley Hoatson have been attending a series of meetings with the partners in Port Vila to prepare for the program.

AusAID who is a key player in financing the programme believes that the churches in Vanuatu could play a stronger and more effective role in policy and service delivery.