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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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We are feeling extremely happy that the systems that we have in place that deal with the difficult logistics involved in delivering these important items to the Village Birth attendants and Losuia Health Centre on Kiriwina Island are working :).

The people of Kiriwina are really grateful, thankful and appreciate CFK for the services provided to them.  Kirwina people also convey their inner most feelings of gratitude and appreciation to the donors all over the world. Thank you very much.

Kamatokisi Kwaiveka.

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The pregnancy rate on Kiriwina in the first quarter of 2021 has doubled compared to the last quarter of 2020 as reported by sister Linnesse of Losuia Health Centre. The high rate of pregnancy is also confirmed by the Village Birth Attendants (VBA’s) from various circuits of Kiriwina. According to Linnese of Losuia Health Centre, the Losuia Health Centre had run out of family planning birth control measures, resulting in a high rate of pregnancies. The Losuia Health Centre is in desperate need of family planning control methods and measures. Also, the Losuia Health Centre is short of basic drugs and medical supplies and is in need of such supplies. 

Due to the high rate of pregnancy, the Losuia Health Centre and Kiriwina VBA’s are requesting more birthing kits, hand gloves, face masks, soap, touches, buckets, umbrellas, touches or lanterns, and batteries to assist them to attend to deliveries during day and night. 

Please help by donating CLICK HERE

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Thank you to all our sponsors and donors for enabling us to continue this life-saving work. Images of the Kavataria Village pump being fixed, CFK plumber Mr. Koega and his boys attended to the water pump, and now the water pump is working and serving the community.

World Water day celebrates and raises awareness of global water issues. Clean drinking water is fundamental to all our lives and needs to be valued. During this time of COVID prevention, it should be even more valued. At CFK our very own plumber’s Mr. Koega and his boy’s job is to constantly maintain the 5 pumps that have been installed around the Island and advise and install the new pump/s that have already been purchased and are in the process of being freighted to Kiriwina.

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And CFK is sending over more sanitizer, facemasks and soap and PPE immediately 🙂

Help is coming. Australia will send a team of doctors including an infectious diseases expert to Papua New Guinea and consider fast-tracking vaccine supplies for the country as it battles an out-of-control coronavirus outbreak.

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/right-on-our-doorstep-australia-to-send-medical-team-to-png-as-it-battles-covid-19-outbreak-20210315-p57aqf.html

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/17/covid-has-reached-my-hospital-in-papua-new-guinea-people-could-soon-be-dying-in-the-parking-lot

Remember to keep safe and wash you hands. See safety posters in Kiriwinan below:

COVID, #COVIDPNG, #COVIDPNGAUS

Caring for Kiriwina wishes a Happy International Women’s Day to all those women who Choose to Challenge. RESPECT! #ChooseToChallenge. #InternationalWomensDay, #women, #respect, #CaringforKiriwina

CFK delivers much needed drugs to Health Care worker Jason Toposona. Jason operates a small clinic in the main village Kavataria and has assisted many people from all over Kiriwina. The people are in real need of medicine. Much more needs to be done.

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Photo of Janson receiving the tablets and his new wall clock.

Caring For Kiriwina Projects Progress well despite COVID November 2020 issue below:

November 2020

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Happy Kiriwinan Mothers with their VBA delivered babies in their donated knitted clothing.

Our Caring for Kiriwina in-country manager Toks recently reported back on the continued success of our 8 projects implemented across the Island despite COVID restrictions. Here is an update on several of the projects below. A special thanks to our sponsors, donors and volunteers for their continued support to enable us to make this all happen.

Toks with Fellows Circuit VBA’s and presented the birthing kits and soap to them. They distributed the birthing kits as follows: Luba 2 circuit, Kilivila 1 circuit, Fellows – circuit. 

In the next delivery, will extend to the other circuit VBA’s.

Pencils donated to Losuia Elementary School.

Pens were distributed to the Grade 10 students in time for their Final National Examination from 19-23 October 2020 and Grade 8 Final National Examination from 2-4 November 2020. What a great help!!!

The rest of the pens and pencils were distributed to the following schools: Kiriwina Secondary School, Oyabia Primary School, Wapipi Primary School, Kavataria Elementary School, Mulosaida/Oyabia Elementary School, Oyabia Primary school, Losuia Primary School, Launakalana Primary School.

Pencils donated to Losuia Primary School.

Pencils donated to Mulosaida and Oyabia Elementary schools.

Pencils donated to Kavataria Elementary School.

The happy faces of our Kiriwina Secondary School Fee recipients after receiving their official Awards.

Photo of 14 out of 20 Kiriwina Secondary School recipients of CFK scholarship School Fee program with the Deputy Headmaster, Mr Esau Topirim.

Toks met Will Koega for an update on the water pumps in the following locations: Kavataria village water pump, Kiriwina Secondary School female water pump, Kiriwina Secondary School male water pump, Kenobasi water pump, Kuluwa water pump.

Mr Koega confirmed that all five pumps are in good condition working perfectly well. The 18 water buckets brought from Port Moresby were the correct sizes, which is a relief for CFK and the communities as the pumps will now be maintained with new water buckets to keep them operating to serve the communities with clean drinking water.

The details of a new larger water pump (that has been advertised to work for 20 years) that CFK has purchased and will be installing as a trial were presented to our CFK plumber for him to familiarise himself with the new pumps parts and functions. 

Delivery of water buckets for the pumps. The water buckets were the right sizes for the pumps so it is a relief for CFK and the communities to have the water pumps in good condition and operating.

Kavataria water pump in action.

Kiriwina Secondary School Girls Pump in action. Boys pump to right.

Both girls and boys pumps are in good condition and providing clean drinking water, washing and laundry to the students.

Approximately 200 people gathered to listen to Toks discussing the food security program project and encourage the people to toil the ground and work on their gardens to sustain their everyday living. Due to COVID-19 effects, Toks encouraged people to work on their land to promote agriculture as a priority for their survival. An elder also encouraging the men, women and youths to concentrate on their gardens in order to expect a good harvest. 

Photos of our CFK Food security gardens which were managed well and kept to a standard to expect a good harvest in June 2021.

The food security program will be celebrated in June 2021.

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Please help the women & children of Kiriwina

COVID 19 has greatly impacted the lives of the people. The supply of yams and other staple food crops has reduced which has affected the livelihood of the people through the shortage of food supply and starvation.

We have organised the Food Security Program to encourage and promote subsistence farming on Kiriwina. The garden crops maintain the livelihood of the people we need to maintain the culture so that people value the yams and feel proud of themselves.

We have made two gardens on Kiriwina as the host of the Food Security Program. The program will run for a year, to begin with, and they will celebrate the program after the yam harvest in July/Aug next year.

We have sent 27 cartons of yam seeds to Kiriwina for planting due to low supply of yam seeds on Kiriwina.

Thanks to the work of our in-country manager Toks and our sponsors and donors this vital assistance is taking place as I type.