|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.
$125 scholarship donation
Below our CFK School Fee recipients so far… Congratulations!
Regular Subscription Payment Donations
Thank you to our In-country manager Toks Bwaina and NauFM news reporter Tasminnie Isimeli for the wonderful Radio interview over the phone on Friday last week.
Gavin sent CFK a donation with memories attached…CFK is glad to help keep the connections alive.
The baby’s girls name is Imbwedaga Tede. One week old. These photos of new born babies delivered by Kavataria VBA’s taken by taken Melcah Bwaina.
Three month old baby Tamela Ruben delivered by Kavataria VBA’s. Photo taken by Melcah Bwaina.
Bita Mwasawasi Paila Keriso la Kaliga deli la Tokaiya.
Keep safe and look after yourselves.
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.
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.
Thank you for your wonderful legacy.
Margaret would have wanted all of us to remember that:
“While men seem to be slightly more at risk for life-threatening infections by COVID-19, women’s health is being doubly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Responses to the global crisis are consistently failing to prioritize the needs of women seeking reproductive care and freedom from violence. Many governments and health systems are all too comfortable using the challenge of the pandemic as an excuse to deny women’s rights to control their bodies and life choices. If anything, defending women’s health and rights is even more important during this time of crisis.”Thanks Hesperian for these inspirational words.
Please donate CLICK HERE and defend women’s rights and continue to support us in our important work.
DFAT have postponed awarding the Round 2 Friendship Grants due to the uncertainty and rapidly changing situation associated with COVID-19. An announcement will be made as soon as possible about the program.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Australian Government for their support of our charity. Their funds have allowed Caring For Kiriwina (CFK) to exceed its targets and deliver results. Increasing the positive outcomes for not only our mothers, girls and children but all Kiriwinans.
Although this global COVID-19 pandemic has put a hold on this funding avenue Kiriwinan’s still need our support. We would like to take this opportunity to reaffirm Caring for Kiriwina’s commitment to continuing to supply Birthing and Dignity Kits, and the many other essential health and hygiene items that we need to send to Kiriwina. This help is only made possible through the continued generous support and commitment of our other wonderful volunteers and donors.