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There is still no help for VBA’s by the Health Department, however, they are very committed to their work and doing their work with kindness and generosity, helping pregnant mothers deliver their babies safely.

Birthing kits were delivered to Fellows, Luba 1, Kilivila 1, Kaileuna and Kula circuits VBA’s.

The birthing kits were delivered to the following villages VBA representatives:

  1. Kavataria VBA’s – Fellows Circuit
  2. Mulosaida VBA’s – Fellows Circuit
  3. Oyabia-Orabesi VBA’s  – Fellows Circuit
  4. Osesuia VBA’s – Fellows Circuit
  5. Kwemtula VBA’s – Fellows Circuit
  6. Ilalima VBA’s – Luba 2 Circuit
  7. Okaikoda VBA’s – Kilivila 1 Circuit
  8. Kaisiga VBA’s – Kaileuna circuit
  9. Munuwata VBA’s – Kaileuna Circuit
  10. Giva VBA’s – Kaileuna Circuit
  11. Kitava VBA’s – Kula Circuit

There are currently a lot of pregnancies and the VBA’s require many more birthing kits. The VBA’s also request more torches or lights to help them to attend to deliveries at night as well as batteries. We are currently purchasing another 30 lanterns and more batteries.

We have also distributed condoms’ to our village health volunteer as well as Losuia Health Centre to encourage males to use condoms to promote family planning.

With the promise of vaccines and opening up of International flights on the horizon early 2021 we met up to start to plan for our next Village Birth Attendant Training trip to Kiriwina sometime in 2021, fingers crossed :). We have all missed our annual trip and are really looking forward to meeting up with our wonderful Kiriwinan Village Birth Attendants again. Merry Christmas from the VBA training team xx.

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The CFK Village Birth Attendant Training Team: Our brilliant Midwife educators, Shea Caplice (Second left) and Jacqui Andrews (right), Vanessa Palfreeman (left) and Jodi Lawton.

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Purchase one for yourself and several for your friends and family and delight them all this Christmas. This gift lasts all year round. All funds go directly to the Kiriwinan Village Birth Attendant Program and are 100% tax deductible. They come fully collated in a CD mini size desk calendar case.

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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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Just look at those smiles. First photos back from our CFK In-country manager Toks latest CFK project progress reporting trip to Kiriwina.

Thank you again to all those fabulous knitters who donated to Sandy, initially having Africa, Nepal and Kiriwina in mind. Are knits are being well utilized. The Kiriwians and incredibly grateful!!!!

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Photos of the Happy Knitters and Norma (above) who at 98 years old still loves to knit.

When I picked up the knitting they said it makes them feel so useful and gives them some purpose to get up and do something in their long days with few visitors during these lonely COVID times for the elderly I feel like we are “watering two plants with one hose.

Sandy

You are all amazing and doing fantastic work. Thank you so much!!!

Sandy handing over the knitting 🙂