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e-NEWS Caring For Kiriwina – EOFY update
June 2024

Dear Friend,

The island of Kiriwina is currently facing urgent challenges related to maternal health and aid delivery. Limited use of contraceptives and the lack of flights to the island have led to a significant increase in birth rates in some villages in April 2024 compared to January 2024. The situation emphasises the critical need for support. The absence of flights has also resulted in higher costs and logistical challenges in delivering aid. Efforts are underway to collaborate with cruise ships to provide assistance in delivering birthing kits when they visit Kiriwina.

To tackle these challenges, we are considering training Village Birth Attendants (VBAs) from Kiriwina in Alotau on the mainland, while exploring alternative ways to access Kiriwina. It is crucial to be able to observe how our programs are being implemented, and to maintain delivery of birthing kits and the rest of our essential donations to the Island.

These challenges demand immediate attention and support. We are dedicated to finding innovative solutions and are eager to continue collaborating to bring about a positive impact on the lives of the people of Kiriwina. We express our gratitude to all our generous sponsors and donors for their continuing support, and we extend our thanks to our partners at the Milne Bay Public Health Authority (MBPHA) for their ongoing assistance.

Last week, we had the joy of delivering Dignity Kits, pens, and pencils to the students at Kiriwina Secondary School. These kits and supplies will help support their education and ensure that they can manage their periods safely and hygienically.

Menstrual Hygiene Day, observed on May 28th, 2024, is a day of global significance. It raises awareness about menstrual stigma and discrimination, emphasises the importance of proper menstrual hygiene for maintaining health, and advocates for policies that support menstrual health and reduce economic barriers for women and girls.

Let’s work together to break down societal taboos and promote open conversations about menstruation. No woman or girl should be held back because of her period. Join us in raising awareness and working towards better menstrual hygiene for all! 💙🌸

#PeriodPositive #BreakTheStigma #PeriodEquality #MenstrualHealthMatters #caringforkiriwina #charity #pngauscharity #dignitykits

Kiriwina Secondary school students with their newly delivered Dignity Kits and pens and pencils 🙂

At CFK, we celebrate and appreciate everything you do. We’re also excited to share that another shipment of donations has arrived on the Island. A big thank you to all the cruise ship passengers who have taken birthing kits on their journeys. Your support means the world to us!

#HappyMothersDay #CFK #donations #support #birthingkits #caringforkiriwina

Yesterday, we remembered the great Rev Dr. Ralph Lawton on the third anniversary of his passing. His contributions to the world and the Kiriwinan people will never be forgotten. It’s also been a year since the Kiriwinan’s organised a beautiful celebration of his life. Check out this short video of the event at LAWTON DAY 2023 – THE MOVIE – Caring For Kiriwina Ltd. Let’s honour his legacy by continuing to spread love and kindness in our communities.

#RememberingRalphLawton #CaringForKiriwina

STRONG WOMEN, STRONG BABIES!

Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to all our sponsors and donors who have helped us keep Kiriwinan mothers and babies safe. We couldn’t have done it without your support. Together, we are making a difference and empowering women to bring strong babies into the world.

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Great news from Kiriwina! Thanks to the amazing collaboration between the CFK VBA network and Losuia Health Centre, a potentially risky birth situation with retained placenta was successfully averted. The quick response and efficient work of our CFK VBAs, CHP Sinaketa, and the Losuia Health Centre ensured a safe delivery for the mother and baby boy, pictured above. A big shoutout to everyone involved for their hard work and dedication!

Also featured below, to the left Healthy Newborn babies @LHC DOB 29.02.24 and female @LHC DOB 23.02.24 to right assisted by CFK and the LHC. Congratulations all!!!

#CFK #Kiriwina #LosuiaHealthCentre #SafeDelivery #GreatWork #strongwomenstrongbabies

Despite the increased cost of transportation due to the lack of flights, more donations have safely arrived on Kiriwina. This journey is not an easy one! From medical supplies to birthing kits and dignity kits to pencils for exams, every contribution can make a difference in the lives of the women and children on Kiriwina. Let’s celebrate every donation that makes it safely to Kiriwina and continue to support the people of Kiriwina in any way we can and thank our wonderful sponsors and donors who made this all possible!!!

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STRONG WOMEN, STRONG BABIES!

Thanks to our wonderful Village Birth Attendant Volunteers and CFK sponsors and donors for keeping Kiriwinan mothers and babies safe.

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