He is going over to receive check on the damage from cyclone and receive a progress update from the VBA’s and start to organise our next training session, which is now looking like September 17, 2019. He will have with him another 40 birthing kits, including washable menstrual pads, muslin wraps and batteries for all the torches we have sent over. These are on their way thanks to our friendly Post Officer, Hunter, our packers, Diana and Kylie Adams and all our wonderful sponsors and donors. Thank you one and all!. @dfat #AustralianAid.

Due to unforeseen circumstances our training has now been set for the end of July 2019. Very exciting.

We have just posted 40 of the new you beaut birthing kits that include, other than the usual suspects, muslin wraps, undies and reusable heavy flow menstrual pads.

Thank you to the wonderful work of our packers, Diana and Kylie Adams and the support of DFAT and our other loyal supporters. @DFAT, @FriendshipGrants, #DFAT, #FriendShipGrants

Exciting but challenging, CFK dim dim team face logistical and scheduling issues on our road to VBA training 2019. Photo from left: CFK Midwives Shea Caplice, Jacqui Andrew, CFK Co-director Doug Lawton and CFK Co-director VBA program Vanessa Palfreeman.

The headlamps were distributed on Kiriwina directly to the VBA’s at the beginning of this week and the water pump should have been fixed, we will let you know. All direct communication to the Island has been difficult for months and months due to the lack of internet connection, so we will wait patiently to receive the photos documenting these events.

Thank you DFAT and our other sponsors and supporters for allowing us to continue this essential aid program.

Thank you DFAT and the Friendship Grants team Lorraine, Kate, Gus and Helen … and now to start organising our VBA training for 2019. Yay!

Thanks Shea and Doug for joining me for the two day intensive workshops.@dfat.gov.au #FriendshipGrant#AustralianAid#AusSDGs @AusHumanitarian

Our intrepid CFK Team met this morning to discuss our years training options. (Midwife Jacqui there in spirit and rearing to go.) Go team CFK!

CFK VBA training co-director Vanessa Palfreeman, her ever supportive husband Andrew Sweeney, CFK co-director Doug Lawton and CFK Midwife trainer Shea Caplice.

This box contains birthing kits, lanterns, batteries for lanterns and headlamps, muslin wraps, acupuncture needles (for the experienced acupuncturist on the Island), Panamax and infant Panadol handed personally from CFK to the medical staff at Losuia Health Care Centre. Still no medicines on the Island 🙁 .


Another box of VBA supplies on their way to Kiriwina thanks to our wonderful Birthing Kit packers, Diana and Kylie Adams and all our fabulous donors. Thank you from the Caring for Kiriwina Team.