Created in God’s Image

This is a manual for churches on gender awareness and leadership development, produced by the World Alliance of Reformed Churches to help men and women to work together in equal partnership within the church, community and wider society. It is a helpful guide for facilitating work shops, with a workbook for participants.

World Alliance of Reformed Churches, PO Box 2100, 150 Route de Ferney, 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland Email: Website:

Eye care website

Vision 2020 e-resource is an online collection of resources for eye care programmes around the world. It shares valuable tools that help assess, plan, implement and manage high quality, efficient, and sustainable eye care programmes in the developing world.

S Sharmila, 1 Anna Nagar, Aravind Eye Care System, Madurai – 625 020, Tamil Nadu, India Email: Website:

KiSwahili issue of LEISA

Mambo LEISA is a new KiSwahili version of the long-running magazine on sustainable agriculture. For more information contact:

KIOF,  PO Box 34792, Nairobi, Kenya. Email John Njoroge or Damaries Muikali Munyao at:

Macmillan Education

Macmillan Education has developed a range of educational materials to support teachers, including a teacher’s guide and a series of graded readers for pupils of different reading ability.


A very practical book to help teachers begin teaching about HIV and AIDS. It provides clear, accurate information, together with actions to encourage reflection and better practice. The book covers over 60 topics, each with information and suggestions for classroom activities, including quizzes, discussion questions and role-plays.

A LETTER TO PEARL (Level 2 reader)

A convincing story about the lives of young teenagers dealing with their relationships, sexuality and the need to keep safe from HIV and AIDS.


A young teacher dying of AIDS realises she must break her silence and writes to tell her pupils of her sickness and to warn them of the dangers of HIV and AIDS. However, her relatives burn the letters to keep the silence. Will Miss Chabi be able to pass on her last lesson? A powerful story of the shame and silence surrounding HIV and AIDS.

The readers (there are nine others) are £2 each (US $3.66, €2.96) Available from distributors of Macmillan books worldwide.

Macmillan Distribution Ltd, Houndmills, Basingstoke, RG21 6XS, UK Email: Website:

Tearfund publications

Reducing risk of disaster in our communities

Disasters affect millions of people every year, causing damage to life, property and livelihoods. Many disasters can be avoided or made less destructive by reducing the risks that people face. This ROOTS book looks at one method to achieve this, called Participatory Assessment of Disaster Risk. The process involves working with local people to identify hazards and their vulnerabilities to those hazards. They plan action to address those vulnerabilities.

Encouraging good hygiene and sanitation

This new PILLARS guide helps communities to reduce disease and infection from poor sanitation, poor hygiene practices and dirty water. The guide aims to build understanding of the basic facts around good hygiene. It is full of practical information on low-cost ideas to encourage hand washing, keep food safe, provide safe drinking water and maintain good health. There is advice on improving water supplies and building different types of latrines. Group Bible studies concerning hygiene, water and sanitation are provided. As with all PILLARS guides, the learning comes through small group discussion that can lead to changes in attitudes and practice.

These resources can be obtained from:
Tearfund Resources Development, PO Box 200, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4WQ, UK Email:

Useful websites

The Human Rights School helps people to participate at a local level in the promotion and protection of rights, and to share information. This website has Teaching modules on different human rights issues. These encourage discussion and taking action. There is also a Themes and Issues page with further information and links to other organisations working on human rights issues.

UNIFEM is the women’s fund at the United Nations. It provides financial and technical help to new programmes and strategies to encourage women’s empowerment and gender equality and to improve women’s human rights.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity

The Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) is a global network that shares information about the Convention on the Rights of the Child and child rights.

The following website lists hundreds of books on women and development from 60 publishers worldwide.