Dear Friend of Caring for Kiriwina,

Over the last decade, Caring for Kiriwina (CFK) has helped reduce the newborn mortality rate to an all time low of almost 2%, largely due to the love and kind hearts of the 300 VBA volunteer network, the supply of birthing kits and other essential items for safe births, and the training provided to the VBAs by CFK and DFAT in 2018, 2019 and 2020. However, we know we can still do better! Please help us keep up this vital work and improve this result with your tax deductible donation this EOFY.

To help us maintain our valuable assistance, please consider a regular subscription. This enables our work to continue knowing we have consistent support. 

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Kiriwina VBA’s delivered baby girl Joy Joy Mandela and her mother.

Kiriwina VBA’s delivered baby girl Tabubuna Mokalageila and her mother.

Kiriwina VBA’s delivered baby boy Kelavasiya Lummwala and her mother.

Kiriwina VBA’s receiving birthing kits, birth recording books, backpacks, lanterns, batteries, facemasks, gloves, pens and other PPE’s mid June 2022.

  • Supply of Birthing Kits & Safe delivery supplies
  • Village Birth Attendant Training Program
  • Local Kiriwinan midwife nursing training

    The pregnancy rate on Kiriwina is very high as there are no methods of birth control available. It has almost doubled from previous years.  The Kiriwinan VBA’s provide a high standard of pregnancy care and conduct successful baby deliveries. Most deliveries, about 80%, are conducted in the respective villages and the rest, mostly critical and complicated deliveries, are conducted at the Losuia Health Centre or referred to the Alotau General Hospital. 

CFK sponsored plumber Mr Koega Cyprian (centre) inspecting the faulty KSS Female water pump.  The water pump was soon restored by the plumber.

  • Dignity Kits
  • Clean Drinking Water Project
  • COVID-19 Safety initiatives
  • Food security Initiative
  • Health & Hygiene Committee

    There is still a high demand for clean drinking water on Kiriwina. Many people are still sourcing water from dug up open water wells, caves, water ponds, and catchments from rain.  These are not really clean and water is often contaminated. Long dry spells cause people to walk great distances to source water. Many people living on remote islands of Kiriwina rely on coconuts and often they are forced to drink water mixed with salt water.

    During our in-country manager’s recent visit to Kiriwina in June 2022, more than 20 VBA’s requested water pumps or tanks to be installed in their communities to provide clean drinking water. “On behalf of these VBA’s I wish to extend these appeals to the CFK donors for support to fund water pumps or tanks for these communities. The communities will provide their own labour to dig up water wells to install the water pumps.”

KSS female students and teachers including the School Principal receiving the donated items from CFK. The donated items include female dignity kits, pens and pencils.

  • School Education materials
  • School Fee Scholarship Program
  • Translation of readers into Kiriwinan
  • Printing of Kiriwina English Dictionary
  • Funding of Kiriwina Secondary School Computer lab

    Kiriwina Secondary School is in desperate need of a Computer Laboratory with computers installed to enhance the learning skills of students. To date the students have no knowledge of the use of computers and it becomes very difficult for them to adjust when they enter into Tertiary Institution for further studies.

CFK would like to sincerely thank all of our wonderful donors and supporters who have made the past 10 years and cumulatively over 75 years of Caring for Kiriwina possible.

We would especially like to mention the ongoing support of several major donors, some of whom wish to remain anonymous (you know who you are :)) and the fabulous support of the staff at the School of Population Health, UNSW Faculty of Medicine and Health.

Let’s reach for the stars people!!! Please donate to our EOFY appeal :).

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Thank you to the people of Mulosaida Village and the United Church of PNG. We are truly grateful for this wonderful honour in memory of the late great Rev Dr. Ralph Lawton. A magnificent church building now stands in testament to his lifelong service for the Kiriwinan people.

Ralph dedicated his life to the Kiriwinan people. Realising the need for Kiriwina language material he and his wife Margaret dedicated their lives to the translation of the Old and New Testaments, Hymn books, and the Kiriwina Dictionary.

His love for Kiriwina and her people was on display until the end. His engagement with Caring for Kiriwina’s activities and the knowledge that the work of this charity helping the Kiriwinan people still provided him with a source of strength and great comfort. This is also his legacy.

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There is an immediate need for used prescription reading glasses on Kiriwina. Many people have vision issues with no means of obtaining prescription glasses.

We would like to thank our wonderful regular supporter Leonie, for her latest generous donation of reading glasses to Kiriwina. Leonie is uniquely aware of the needs of the Kiriwinan people as she lived on Oyabia station from the late 60’s early 70’s, with her school teacher husband Ian.

Thank you Leonie, your generous donation will be a great relief to the Kiriwinans.

Please send all donations of prescription glasses to:

Balgowlah Parcel Locker


Jodi Lawton c/o Caring for Kiriwina
Parcel Locker 10243 16847
197-215 Condamine Street
Balgowlah NSW 2093

Thank you for your support!!!

Header photo: VBA’s trying on the glasses we took with us on our VBA training trip in May 2017. Glasses donated by the generous Hughes ACT Capital Chemist. Photo above: Donated glasses being tested by our wonderful late friend David Antonio and our marvelous On-Island Manager Lepani Ahab.

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Here are excerpts from the letter we sent to our newly appointed Foreign Minister over the weekend. Let’s get this quality aid intervention reinstated as a priority!!!

In 2018 CFK received an Australian Government Friendship Grant which funded our delivery of several midwifery education sessions on Kiriwina for the local VBAs. This was undertaken by two wonderful midwife educators from the Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick NSW (for details see this link: https://www.dfat.gov.au/sites/default/files/nsw_-_caring_for_kiriwina.png.) Our experience and feedback from these short and intensive sessions highlighted the importance of ongoing training and education for the VBA volunteers whose work in the community is literally lifesaving.

Unfortunately, COVID put a hold on the Friendship Grants and therefore the continuing of these in-country training activities over the last few years. While CFK continues its core commitment to the Kiriwina people, we are extremely aware of the critical need of trained and educated personnel overseeing midwifery and birthing support both at the local Health Clinic and in the community.

We ask if DFAT is proposing to reinstate the Friendship Grants scheme. It was an excellent mechanism for providing important aid to our closest neighbour, amongst others. Small and focused charities such as ours are well placed to provide quality overseas aid at a grass roots level to vulnerable communities, and the reinstatement of such a scheme would greatly improve the health and well being of some of our poorest neighbours, not to mention be a great thing for our countries as well.

Yours sincerely etc

Header image source: China-Solomons deal: US, Australia to boost PNG ties (smh.com.au)

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