The Family Life Education Pasefika Trust is a Pacific-centric consumer led charitable organisation that has been serving Pacific youth and families since 1997. A central objective of the Trust is to equip Pacific youth, families and communities with relevant knowledge, resources and information relating to sexual health and wellbeing.
In 2013 the trust created a new operating name, Village Collective and logo.
The logo represents fales (houses) and the collective of fales represents a village. It takes a village to raise a child – and the Village Collective aims to emulate this concept through its work.
Tailored services for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, fakaleiti, fa’afafine, vakasalewalewa, fakafifine, Akavaine (Cook Island), Drodrolagi (Fijian), Mahu (Hawaiian).
It is vital for us to connect with other people in our village to foster unity and strength. In the same way, we see the importance of collaborating with other services in our community.
Connecting with youth, to equip and enable them to make respectful decisions.
20 years on and we are still passionate and committed to our purpose – concentrating our efforts around positively impacting the lives of our young people.
With meaningful engagement we aim to give our young people the tools/skills to make decisions that will not only help guide them during their adolescent years but have a flow on effect to those they connect with – everyone in the village looking after one another.
In 2016 we engaged with over 1100 young people by delivering more than 100 Mates and Dates programme sessions, over 90 KAPOW programme lessons, as well as facilitating sessions with youth in community groups, Alternative Education and Private training establishments.
This also includes programmes and planned events that we created to encourage supportive environments for our Pacific rainbow people.
Here are a few schools and community groups we have worked with in order to serve our young people:
Kaiga/Aiga Families – acknowledging the role that families play in building and nurturing young Pasefika peoples
Cultural values – connecting the values that Pasefika people are raised with the way we deliver and engage with Pasefika communities
Being relevant – understanding our audience and ensuring that we deliver age, gender and culturally relevant programmes
Evaluation – We use the R.B.A framework to assists in collecting the right information that helps construct our sessions. It also ensures that we are effective in the ways we upskill our young people. All data is collected anonymously and is only used for reporting purposes.
We work across the five streams of the Ottawa Charter to ensure best practice for health promotion:
Programmes and events developed by the Village Collective fall under these categories and are underpinned by our Pacific approach