Kokonut Pacific Partners
Australian Relief & Mercy Services Ltd (Australian Mercy) is a Christian Aid and Development Organisation that seeks to reach out to the poor and the needy with the love and compassion of God. We hope that the things we do will reflect the faith we have in Jesus. Australian Mercy is independently constituted but is also the preferred mercy ministry arm of Youth With A Mission Australia. We frequently utilise the international resources of YWAM to provide humanitarian relief and developmental assistance to anyone in need regardless of religion, race, gender, age or political persuasion. We have projects both within Australia and overseas.
The Crawford Fund recognises the work of Kokonut Pacific as this except from page 5 of their page at http://www.crawfordfund.org/awareness/catalyst03.pdf
The ATSE Crawford Fund has supported the work of Kokonut Pacific since 1999 when the New South Wales committee funded Dr Etherington and Petelo Muaau, an artisan from Samoa, to run a DME® training course in Tuvalu. The Tuvalu Government, who had requested the course, provided local support. Sixteen local participants constructed a drier and learnt about the many aspects of producing and marketing oil. Tuvalu hopes to establish a DME® services centre that would support all stages of a local industry. By reducing labour and increasing the value of the product, this initiative could raise living standards and encourage the people of Tuvalu to protect their fragile environment. The ATSE Crawford Fund has helped another Pacific island nation, Kiribati, to benefit from the DME® technique, by providing training for members of a women’s coconut oil project.
Kokonut Pacific Solomon Islands (KPSI)
Kokonut Pacific Solomon Islands (KPSI) was formed in November 2004. You can read how this partnership came about here.
KPSI originally operated from an old rented warehouse near the harbour in Honiara, supporting ten DME® VCO producers on three islands. It started with three members of staff. Ten years later it bought a piece of land on the outskirts of Honiara and built a new warehouse on its own ‘Coconut Campus’ from which it supports over 40 DME® Units and 600 nut suppliers on eight islands. It now employs a team of 15 members of staff.
KPSI has also helped the oil producers to form their own Association (the VCOPA — Virgin Coconut Oil Producers Association). These producers get together every two years for a week of learning, sharing stories, and being encouraged in their endeavours. At the last conference there were over 70 people gathered together from many outlying villages on distant islands. An exciting time for everyone.
TEAR Australia is a Christian organization that supports development projects in third world countries. These range from agricultural programs to ensure food security, to medical clinics to improve health, to educational facilities and schools. It also invests time and resources into educating our own society about matters of inequality and injustice, helping local Christians to see how much they actually have compared with 90% of the world’s population. Supporters are encouraged to lobby governments to legislate so that everyone will have a fair go.
TEAR recognises the strategic importance of coconuts for tropical island communities and has paid for
- The DME® Installation and training at Northern Christian Training Centre, Vanua Levu, Fiji (2004)
- The press for the Bali Appropriate Technology Institute in Bali. Other costs were paid for by the SMEC Foundation.
- A DME® installation for a Christian medical clinic in Maluku Province Indonesia
- A DME® press installation for a community devastated by the Boxing Day tsunami in 2005
- A press given to a Solomon Islander DME® operator when his original unit was totally washed away by a different tsunami.
Five DME® units were set up in Vanuatu by World Vision in November 2014