We decided to celebrate Father’s Day by sharing this photo we took at 6 am at Salamo Wharf on our recent trip to Kiriwina of Joyce and James with their adorable twin babies Asheba and Natasha. Wishing you all a wonderful day!!!
We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Nicole, a generous P&O passenger, for reaching out to our charity devoted to improving the lives of the Kiriwinan people. Below are some photos from her trip that deeply touched her heart.
Additionally, we have a question for P&O that has been emailed directly to them and we are awaiting a reply.
“Delivery of our life-saving donations to Kiriwina has become more difficult since flights to the area have been suspended. We are now forced to take extreme measures to ensure our birthing and dignity kits reach their intended recipients, resulting in delays, added expenses, and uncertainty. We have been requesting support from P&O Cruises for over 11 years, as they visit Kiriwina eight times a year and can transport a few boxes of these essential items during their trips. Despite their claims of supporting other charities on the island, the recent surge in births on Kiriwina – with 20,000 more people than four years ago – means that many more birthing kits are needed. We work closely with the Islanders, the Milne Bay Provincial Health Authority, and the Education Department to provide our programs and donations. We urge P&O to reconsider their refusal to assist in delivering these vital supplies to Kiriwinan women during their cruise ship visits. P&O needs to contribute to the community’s wellbeing.”
We want to express our gratitude to our generous sponsors and donors, and also acknowledge the unwavering determination of the Kiriwinan community. Despite the ongoing lack of air transport to Kiriwina, we are committed to providing vital assistance through alternative means, such as perilous boat journeys that require great effort and caution.
Here are photos from our in-country manager, Toks Bwaina’s, most recent trip to Kiriwina last week. The purpose of the trip was not only to check on the status of the food security program but all our programs, including the water pumps for the clean drinking water project. He meet the VBA’s and deliver the birthing kits, lanterns, uniforms, medicines etc to them and the to the Losuia Health Volunteer. Toks also delivered more dignity kits to the Kiriwina High School.
Thank you to all our wonderful donors and sponsors… more help is needed to fix our water pumps; many are requiring parts and labour :(.
Now this bumper crop has created a surplus food that will be stored away for future use. The yam harvest celebration will be in mid July.
Congratulations! goes tothe winner of the Kavataria Food Security Program gardening competition: Photo above of the biggest heap of yams, over six arm spans in featured photo.
A total of 207 gardeners and only the first 10 top yams heaps were photographed. Yams heaps ranging from 6 arm spans (length of two arms) to 1 arm span and including yams gathered and not heaped in the coned form.
The CFK donors have assisted the food security program in providing uniforms for the Food Security Committee members and also assisted our In Country Manager, Mr Toks Bwaina to pay for seeds and assist in travel costs to and from Kiriwina to ensure the program is running smoothly.
Mr Toks Bwaina has been the major sponsor of the Food Security Program over the last 8 years to ensure there is abundance of local food production in the community and encourage people to work their gardens as the main source of food supply.
With less monetary income earned to support their everyday living, the people rely on the local food grown and produced from the gardens through subsistence farming to alleviate poverty and food shortages.
Yam heap winners in descending order, from 1st to 10th prize winner.
Slide show of the members of the Kavataria Food Security leadership team and their new uniforms.
With 3 on-going programs… Caring for Kiriwina (CFK) has been helping the women and children on Kiriwina for many years. These programs support the over 300 Village Birth Attendants, Health and Hygiene projects, including food security and clean drinking water and school children’s Education across the Trobriand Islands.
Please give generously this end of financial year to help support this ongoing work.
We urgently require your assistance for baby Tomakam, who was delivered by CFK VBAs and is in need of immediate support. Despite tireless efforts by his parents, they have been unable to find medical assistance at the local hospital in Alotau.
Tomakam’s upcoming evaluation is scheduled for July 3, 2023. Your contribution has the power to bring about a life-altering change.
To contribute, kindly click on the donation button located on the left. Even the smallest amount can make a significant difference. Together, we can provide hope for this vulnerable
CLICK HERE to view the article about baby Tomakam’s plight that appeared in the PNG National Enquirer newspaper on Friday 23/06-2023.