Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop presenting gifts to Burns Creek children.

Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop presenting gifts to Burns Creek children.

Burns Creek children had an early Christmas surprise when Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs visited them this week, giving out some toys to share.

Minister Bishop spoke with Burns Creek residents who are working to reduce violence, as well as build a stronger community through education and enterprise developments.

She told the community, women and children are part of the future and they must be cared for and valued the same as men.

World Vision’s successful ‘Channels of Hope’ program received a funding boost, as part of an Australian Government announcement at Burns Creek, confirming 5 million to support programs across the Solomon Islands to prevent and deal with incidents of family violence.

Of this, 1.75 million of funding will allow for World Vision’s successful Honiara-based project to be replicated in other parts of the country, including Weathercoast and Temotu.

Ms Bishop said, the Australian Government wants to work in partnership with local authorities to free women and children from violence so that they can lead productive lives and contribute to the economy, community and the Solomon Islands society in general.

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