October 2019


e-NEWS: CFK on the ground on Kiriwina

Our team of four CFK dimdims (white persons!) have safely returned from another challenging but successful trip to Kiriwina.  While the main focus of the visit was to provide training support for the Village Birth Attendants (VBAs), we also gained first hand feedback on the results of some of our other aid programs.  Such feedback is vital for CFK to ensure outcomes are being achieved, and learn how these programs can be improved to ensure ongoing CFK work continues to be as effective as possible. 

We visited communities which are now benefiting from recently constructed water wells, and were shown some caves to better understand the risks and dangers that some villagers face just to access clean water – our on-going well program will make accessing water safer and more reliable, not to mention easier.  We talked to groups who have benefitted from the Dignity Kits, and had constructive discussions with our on-island partners including the Losuia Health Clinic, to ensure our VBA support coordinates with the objectives of the local Health Clinic and PNG Health objectives generally.

Our CFK programs have been expanded this year as a direct consequence of funding provided through the Australian DFAT Friendship Grant, for which the Kiriwinan people acknowledge and say thank you Australia!  CFK also acknowledges our on-going support base of volunteers including the students at St Vincent’s College, Sydney, UNSW Faculty of Health and Yarralumla Uniting Church.  We are grateful also to our on-island supporters for the success of this recent trip, in particular the Oyabia United Church for providing logistical support and the use of the church hall to conduct our training support for the 200+ attendees.  Kamatokisi kwaiveka, as they say.

During our recent VBA support training – CFK Midwife trainers Shea Caplice and Jacqui Andrews taking two VBA’s through a complicated birth exercise demonstrating what to do when a women bleeds excessively and the baby comes out not breathing.

This cross cultural saying was expressed to us wherever we went on Kiriwina to express appreciation of the effectiveness of our team, clearly CFK is lucky to have the right people in the right positions with the right support.

All of our current programs on Kiriwina are benefitting from the efforts of our wonderful teams in Australia and our partners on the ground on Kiriwina.  Our initiatives are being enthusiastically embraced and actioned, and with the additional support provided by the Friendship Grant we have managed to further expand on our achievements.

Our partners on Kiriwina include the Losuia Health Clinic, Kiriwina High School and Elementary School, the Uniting Church and our enthusiastic Kiriwinan plumber, Mr Koega, whose intricate knowledge of water pumps is truly inspiring.

Help save the lives of the women and children on Kiriwina

Following on from our theme for this newsletter, the right people in the right roles, we are extremely grateful to our two exceptional midwife educators Shea Caplice and Jacqui Andrews for volunteering their services yet again for their third trip to Kiriwina in three years.

This recent visit in September 2019 to provide educational support for the VBAs on Kiriwina provided an initial session over several days of more intense and focussed teaching with a small group of 24 VBAs on primary health care.  This was followed by a larger group of around 200 VBA participants in the second half of the week.  Issues covered included family planning and assisting with normal births, what to do when a baby is not breathing or when the mother bleeds excessively after birth. The support sessions also provided an opportunity for the VBAs to practice skills that they learned and be assessed on those skills in a supportive environment.  Specific objectives included:

  • VBAs will be able to demonstrate the correct clean and safe way to assist at the birth of a baby using the birth kit.
  • VBA will demonstrate the correct way to rub the fundus and apply external bimanual compression to stop bleeding after delivery.
  • VBA will demonstrate essential newborn care and simple resuscitation puffing air into the lungs via the nose/mouth.
  •  VBAs will show how they will provide some education younger VBAs including why family planning is important, healthy eating during pregnancy, danger signs, visiting the Health Centre for check-ups and planning for birth.

We also discussed hygiene of self, home, family and village, showed videos on the spread of disease, and outlined the seven cleans needed for assisting at birth. Our educational support sessions get better each time and the most positive thing is the VBAs coming together and wanting to learn. 

Thanks to Midwife educator extrodinaire Shea Caplice.

While on Kiriwina we inspected the recently installed water pumps in the Kiriwina High School grounds and the village of Kuluwa, which were ceremoniously opened with much fanfare.  Sadly, due to poor weather and logistics we were unable to visit our two other recent water pump installations in the more remote villages of Kenobasi and Wakesa.

Our wonderful plumber Mr Koega accompanied us on our inspections and explained how many unfinished NGO pump sites there are around the Island which are in need of completion, maintenance or parts.

As we identify the villages in the most need of potable water, it is evident there are still more pumps to be installed and more pumps to be completed or repaired.

Mr Koega, our water pump man!

Our newly installed and decorated water pump.

As soon as we landed on Kiriwina, we were driven to the Kiriwina High School assembly which was called in honour of Caring for Kiriwina, where the students and teachers expressed their appreciation of the water pumps and the Dignity Kits. The students claim that the Dignity Kits are truly liberating their lives. We also heard first hand that the reusable menstrual pads and underpants which we now include in the Birthing Kits were also having an extremely positive impact on the lives of these women and girls.

Kiriwina High School student assembly to thank CFK for the water pumps and Dignity Kits.

All this life saving work could not have been achieved without the help of the DFAT Friendship Grant and our Volunteers, Sponsors and Donors. 

Caring for Kiriwina is supported by the Australian Government.

Thanks again to all our donors for your ongoing support!

Please help the women & children of Kiriwina


Thanks for the kind donation. Our students have access to fresh water supply. God bless you.

ET Tops, Deputy Headmaster, Kiriwina High School

Installation completed 8.9.2019. Thank you to all our volunteers, sponsors and donors our third full installation water pump is now up and working, a constant clean source of drinking water supplied to hundreds of school kids. The plumber will now move onto installing the 4th pump at Kuluwa Village (a village close to the airport). These are all shallow well pumps and we are now sourcing deeper well water pumps, like the one we repaired in Kavataria Village, to continue this great work! Thank you so much!!! @DFAT, #DFAT, @Friendshipgrant, #Friendshipgrant, @AustraliaAid, #AustraliaAid for allowing this great work to continue.

Our last CFK VBA planning meeting before we leave in one weeks time. That’s right… can you believe it…only 7 sleeps and then we are Kiriwina bound.

Thank you everyone for making this third training trip a reality, including our volunteers, donors and sponsors as well as our incredible support from DFAT and the Friendships Grant. @DFAT, @FriendshipGrants, @AustraliaAid, #DFAT, #FriendshipGrants, #AustraliaAid.

Present at our last meeting: from left Vanessa Palfreeman, Shea Caplice, Jacqui Andrews, Doug and Jodi Lawton and Andrew Sweeney (in the room).

Kiriwina High School girls water pump is now in use. Opened by our united church Chaplain Rev. Aaron Abraham in the presence of Board members and school admin staff… Thanks to CFK, Australia Aid @DFAT, #DFAT, #Friendshipgrants, @Friendshipgrants.

Photo of dignitaries present at the opening pictured below:

1. Mr Ridley Mwaisiga – HEO in charge Losuia Health Centre (in blue short sleeve shirt with basket)
2. Mr Sailoi – Head of Education Losuia District and KHS Board Chairman (in blue long sleeve front pumping water).
3. Mr Abraham Kobwata – Headmaster of KHS (in green collar T-shirt).
4. Mr Buloumata Asera – Chairman KHS P&C (in floral shirt and at the back of Mr Sailoi)
5. Teacher of KHS – standing at the back next to Mr Asera.
Chaplain Rev. Aaron Abraham pumping the water.
KHS girls using pump
KHS boys pump nearly done

Thank you all for your support!.

This photo is one of the new CFK water pumps installed at Kenobasi Village. The population of this village is approximately 130 people. The nearby village known as Wagaluma Village is about 80 people another village Okasikasi is’about 80 people has well to benefit from this water pump. This is the first of 5 pumps bought by CFK and to be installed by Mr Koega. The basement will be cemented during next week. The video of the woman pumping water is one of the VBA’s surrounded by local people. The people expressed their appreciation and gratitude to CFK’s sponsors and donors and the Australian Aid program for this life saving initiative.

In-country Manager Toks Bwaina

This video and photo are of the Kavataria water pump maintained by the Mr Koega, the plumber.

Although CFK managed to get this pump working recently, we then found it needed more extensive maintenance as the existing pipes had rusted, making the water undrinkable. This water pump was broken down and the people from the biggest village on the Island, Kavataria, were not able to fetch clean drinking water. CFK bought the necessary parts and Koega repaired the pump and it is now working perfectly and people are able to fetch water for drinking, cooking, washing and etc. Yay!!!!

CFK In-Country Manager Toks Bwaina
In the video is the photo of Mr Koega (The CFK plumber) talking whilst the person pumping the water is one of workman.

Thank you our volunteers, sponsors and donors and Australian Aid for making this lifesaving projects become a reality. @DFAT, @FriendshipGrant, #AustraliaAid, #FriendshipGrants

News from Kiriwina in real time in Facebook Posts, helping the young who are fluent in social media really assists our lines of communication. Such happy faces with their dignity kits. And look at those great water well diggers. It’s all happening thanks to our volunteers, sponsors and donors and our wonderful Australian Aid,Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, @FriendshipGrants, #DFAT#FriendshipGrants Just WONDERFUL!!!

Kiriwina High School

August 1 at 5:04 PM · 

CFK continues to render support to KHS female students with donations of menstrual kits. Male students with staff digging the water well for the school water pumps ti be installed by CFK…Thanks to TBwaina and CFK.

July 31 at 7:47 PM · 

Thanks to CFK and in-country manager Toks Bwaina (3rd on the left photo bottom left) for supporting KHS with reusable menstrual pads for female students (pictured top) and also donated two water pumps for the school in his last visit (Pictured below). Tomorrow he will again visit the school and donate another lot of menstrual kits for the female students. Thanks CFK and Mr. Toks Bwaina for continuous support. GOD BLESS YOUR HEARTS.

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