Manukau Courier : February 3rd 2011
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The study was carried out in 158 households. Participants recorded the temperature in the middle and near the door hinge of their fridge every morning and even- ing for a week. At the start of the week, only a quarter of fridges were in the rec- ommended range of 2-4 degC, while 72 percent were too warm -- 36 percent at 4 to 6 degC and 36 percent more than 6 degC. Not surprisingly, older fridges were over- represented in the plus-6 degC category. A third of them were more than 20 years old. Fridges with seals in poor condition were twice as likely to be more than 6 degC as fridges that had good seals. Mr Cook recommends checking the tempera- ture by putting a ther- mometer into a glass of water in the centre of the fridge for at least two hours. If the temperature in the middle is consist- ently above the recom- mended temperature range, you should adjust the thermostat to lower the temperature. Check other possible causes such as faulty door seals, ventilation or the location of your fridge.'' Immigrants step out from abuse Help at hand: Christine Cowan-James chats to a Stepping Stones participant. Photo: NICOLA WILLIAMS By NICOLA WILLIAMS Immigrants lacking a support network when they leave an abusive relationship find it at Stepping Stones. The course run by the East- ern Women's Refuge gives women the tools to move on with life and seek the support and camaraderie of women who can relate to their experiences. All the women take each other under their wing,'' says a South African participant who had no family here to reach out to. Course facilitator Christine Cowan-James says immi- grants face extra hurdles when leaving relationships, lack of family support, language barriers, heightened stigma in some cultures and lack of knowledge about sup- port agencies, New Zealand law and what their rights are. She says it's a brave step'' to bring attention to what they have been living with in small ethnic communities. Women need a reasonable understanding of English to participate in the course but every effort is made with those who are not native speakers, Ms Cowan-James says. We recently had a lady from China and we made it a really comfortable space for her by using different words until she understood. She really got a lot out of it.'' The refuge plans to hold courses entirely in Punjabi and Hindi to meet growing demand. The South African partici- pant, who doesn't want to be identified, says being away from her family meant she had the freedom to make her own decisions. She left a physically and emotionally abusive relation- ship of 23 years. She thought her husband would be able to change his behaviour but when he also became violent with their teenage daughter she knew she needed to leave. I was a fool for too long, I thought maybe he would get better.'' While it was daunting at first, opening up to the other women in the group became a huge strength to her. It helped to know she was not alone in her experience. She valued learning about the reasons behind certain behaviours and the impact of violence on children. The course was a thera- peutic healing process and gave her practical tools she could apply to herself. She encourages other women to gain the em- powerment to move on with their life. She says the other women became her support network and she has remained friends with them. Christine really has the empathy and compassion for us,'' she says. The next courses start on February 4 in Howick and February 7 in Pakuranga. Each session is for two hours and runs weekly for 10 weeks. Phone 576-6551 for more information.
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