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August 2020

e-NEWS School Fee Scholarship for Kiriwina

 

Kiriwina Secondary School Boarders in the girls boarding rooms.

 

Caring for Kiriwina has been helping the women and children on Kiriwina for many years. Even during the difficult conditions of Covid-19 pandemic, our in-country partners have continued to provide our support to the island. We continue to send birthing and dignity kits, and have recently sent safety posters, masks and sanitiser to the VBAs and the Losuia Health Centre to assist the health workers at this time. Beautiful hand knitted baby vests, and equipment for the Junior School have also made their way to the island recently as well as equipment and parts to repair the water pumps we maintain.

As our in-country training is not viable at this stage, we have developed a new initiative to provide scholarships for high school students on Kiriwina.  While schooling is free for all students in PNG, there is a cost for boarding at school on Kiriwina. There is only one high school on the island, and many students live in remote villages or outlying islands and so cannot attend daily from home. Kiriwina Secondary School provides a boarding facility for these kids to live at the school during term, and the cost for boarding must be paid by their families.  

Your donation of $125 can provide a year’s boarding for a student in need to attend high school and continue their studies. You will be supplied with a photo and profile of the student who receives the scholarship, and can communicate with them via CFK.

You can be assured that your full donation will be targeted to a particular student, who has been selected on the advice of both the Principal and Deputy Principals, to allow them to remain at school.

We appreciate the wonderful generosity of our supporters. As Australian Government funding has been put on hold during the pandemic, we rely solely on our donors to continue our work on Kiriwina.

Thankyou!

$125 scholarship donation  

Below our CFK School Fee recipients so far… Congratulations!        
Regular Subscription Payment Donations
Single Donation  

Aren’t they all gorgeous! Wonderful Losuia Health Centre Midwife Bokowau (In white shirt 4th from right) recieving delivery of Birth Registration Booklets, soaps and Birthing Kits from our CFK VBA’s. We are currently purchasing 150 PPE masks to protect these hard working carers as well as sening 2,000 more soaps and 100 education Posters. We need to purchase more…

Thank you Melcah Bwaina for helping distribute these items around the Island and these great photos.

Thank you to all our wonderful supporters who make all this possible 🙂 #Health&Hygiene, #COVID19, #Kiriwina, #Losuia, #PNG, #BirthingKits, #BirthingTraining#FriendshipGrants.

Luckily the 50 Health Guides ‘Where Women have No Doctors’ CFK sent to Kiriwina to be distributed to the Village Birth Attendants arrived just before the borders were closed.

Florence Silupaya (Mulosaida Village VBA) holding the book.
Sapaira Jacob (Mulosaida Village VBA) at the background
Our x 50 “Where Women Have No Doctor” Hesperian Health Care Manual Arrived
just as the borders closed.

Caring for Kiriwina is honoring the dedication and courage of nurses, midwives and Village Birth Attendants during this crisis. We need to advocate for the working conditions that allow them to provide quality health care, and to do so safely. Sufficient personal protective equipment – masks, gloves, gowns, etc. – as well as adequate staffing levels and equipment are needed. Nurses and VBA’s are the backbone of our health systems and it’s way past time their working conditions recognized that.

CFK is happy to provide protective items, we have the means but not the funding to do so:( 

Midwives and VBA’s have been caring for mothers and babies since the beginning of time. The increase in and wisdom of home births during this pandemic highlight their central role in supporting maternal and child health.

As we gratefully acknowledge nurses, midwives and VBA’s for their work during this COVID-19 pandemic, we should make our thanks concrete by supporting the systemic social changes that will enable them to improve health for all during and after this crisis.

Thank you Hesperian for these words (CFK have added VBA’s)

Please donate to our COVID-19 reponse CLICK HERE

Welcome to our new Baby of the Week Section

Each week I will upload a photo of one of our beautiful babies birthed by our fabulous Village Birth Attendants… something to make you smile.

The photos are of the new born babies delivered by Kavataria VBA’s. Photos taken by Melcah Bwaina on her recent visit for CFK to meet with our representatives and on Island and receive updates. All permissions have been received.

Hello baby girl Milan Noah. She is one month and a week old.

Just gorgeous!