Kiunga

Situated on the Fly River near the border with Indonesia, Kiunga has become a significant port for the growing mining and liquid nitrogen gas industries. This has led to a rapidly expanding population – from 7,000 in 2002 to as much as 30,000 today. In turn, this has lead to the problems of crime and unemployment. There’s also a significant West Papuan refugee population.

Village Health

We help fund a program that trains people working in health centres and aid posts in the North Fly region. In 2012 the program was expanded to involve all 8 health centres and all aid posts (20+). 5 training modules are covered: better volunteers, learning about health, self help care, healthy children and healthy mothers.

Women’s Leadership

We run programs providing training for women, both at The Home of Hope in Kiunga and in outreach areas. These include indoor and outdoor cooking, baking, sewing, budgeting and marketing. The Home of Hope also has a low cost child care centre where children learn motor skills and basic health and hygiene.

Eaglewood Plantation

This eaglewood plantation is being developed as a sustainable resource designed to help fund projects in the Diocese of Kiunga. Eaglewood (also known as Agarwood) is highly prized for its perfume and incense. PNG is one of the last areas in the world where it grows naturally.

Family Life

This program runs workshops in the villages in Northern Fly to minimise violence in families and communities. Sadly PNG has some of the highest rates of domestic violence in the world.

Education Sponsorships

Students from the Western Province who reach Grade 12 and obtain a place for further education (for teaching, nursing, university or technical college) face many challenges. There are no tertiary institutions in the province and so they must travel by plane to access further education. This adds even more to the costs of realising their dreams. The area is in dire need of skilled young people to staff schools and health centres and provide role models for the next generation. We’re helping sponsor students so they can complete their education.

Upgrading ablutions blocks

St Gabriel’s Technical Secondary School has expanded rapidly in recent years. While it is great news that more young people are gaining access to education, this also means the facilities at the school require improving. We are helping to upgrade the ablutions blocks to ensure the students have a hygienic place to wash and go to the toilet.

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