"Edited by Masamba ma Mpolo and Cecile De Sweemer".
Includes bibliographical references.
"The mass media proclaim the imminent death of the family, but the churches refuse to accept this, and try to rally around the youth, young couples and inexperienced parents. Some of the churches' effort is going into family education and counselling based on shared faith and on a participatory problem-solving approach commonly called pastoral care of the family. Since 1972 the Family Education Programme of the WCC has been facilitating church-related programmes that seek to develop pastoral care of the families through participatory reflection and action, mainly in the third world. The insights that have emerged from the experiences of these programmes have rarely been articulated at a worldwide level. This volume represents one of the first attempts at doing so, and we thank our contributors for taking the plunge with us." In the first section, this volume presents the cultural, historical and sociological context of family life and its pastoral care in the third world. The examples chosen are selective, but we hope the diversity will help to illustrate the amazing variation in the contexts within which people strive to build Christian families. In the second section, the book discusses some special issues in pastoral care of the family in developing countries: polygamy, youth counselling youth and child-spacing. Again this list is not exhaustive. But we hope the significance of the subjects treated will compensate for the lack of comprehensiveness". -- Foreword, pp. [vii], viii.
Contents: Foreword / Clifford Payne -- The family in Latin America : a Sociological Approach / Jorge E. Maldonaldo -- The Dominant Family Structure in the Caribbean / William L. Visser -- The Coptic Family and Social Change in Egypt / Maurice Assad -- Perceptions of Family Counselling in Nigeria / Daisy N. Nwachukwu -- Family Life Education and Counselling : an Indian Perspective / Salim Sharif -- Pastoral Care and Family Counselling : South African Experiences / Bernadette I. Mosala -- Polygamy in Pastoral Perspectives / Masamba ma Mpolo -- Youth Counselling Youth : IPPF Experiences in Adolescent Fertility and Family Life Education / Jennifer McKay -- Child-spacing : a Traditional Method of Ensuring Child Survival / Cecile De Sweemer.
Issue of IAFN Newsletter included as part of the Anglican World for Easter 2000. An editorial and series of short reports from different agencies and countries about the role of fathers in contemporary families and society. The issue describes "patriarchal societies where the position of the man as the head of the family in `non negotiable'," and Western societies where this is not the pattern. "Articles from Africa and India cite Biblical texts to underline the male head-ship of the family. They go on to reveal both the strengths and the weaknesses of such head-ship: when abused it can make the lives of women and children inescapably miserable. .... Throughout the Anglican Communion there is evidence of the dislocation of rapid change, often in part brought about by economic forces which undermine the role of men for example as `breadwinner' of the family."
Article notes that Canada, which is "the most water-rich nation on the Earth, can supply almost 122,000 cubic metres per person per year". "Even in a temperate climate, human beings require a litre of water each day, or 0.35 cubic meters per year, to sustain life".