Ministry: Stories

New Zealand | The right Solution for Toni

Drug dealer, prostitute, pimp, murderer.

These words could all be used to describe Toni, a participant and now facilitator in our Solutions programme in South Auckland.

Since leaving jail in 2014 Toni has managed to turn her life around, thanks mostly to her own tenacity and commitment to change – but also as a result of the support and guidance she’s received in our programme.

First as a client, and now as a teacher/facilitator Toni is helping equip vulnerable members of the South Auckland Community with the confidence, skills and knowledge they need to make positive life-choices.


South Pacific | Paying school fees with veges

Nora, a 51 year old women from Faleasiu, Samoa, loves farming, but even more so now that she has attended an ADRA Horticulture training course.

Before Nora would grow crops for her family to eat, but now she grows them to also earn an income.

 “It’s great to earn my own money” she says.

Every Friday Nora sells her crops at the local market where she earns 100WST (approx. NZ$55), she has since saved a total of 1,500WST (approx. NZ$750) which she plans on spending on her grandchildren’s education.


Disasters | There when they need us most

Cyclone Pam smashed Vanuatu in March 2015. It’s 300km/h winds destroyed homes, farms and vital infrastructure. In some communities nothing was left standing.

With an established presence and pre-positioned supplies in Vanuatu ADRA was the first agency to respond. Plus, in communities in which we had conducted Disaster Risk Reduction training no lives were lost.

ADRA’s support impacted more than 2,500 families – plus the Government trusted ADRA to manage 10 evacuation centres.