None of Caring for Kiriwina’s success would have been possible in the past 10 years without the incredible organisational and managerial skills of our CFK in-country manager Toks Bwaina. Without his skillful management of the extremely difficult logistical tasks undertaken by CFK none of our wonderful results would have been possible. Toks Bwaina is a wonderful soul who has volunteered hours of his time for the benefit of his people. Caring for Kiriwina would like to take this opportunity to thank you Toks from the bottom of our hearts!!!

Toks and Vanessa on Kiriwina
Toks running VBA meeting on Kiriwina

Purchase this gorgeous photographic recycled plastic zip storage case calendar and you will be receiving, and potentially giving, a wonderful gift that lasts all year and the Kiriwinan people will receive the help they need. Win, win for everyone :).

Purchase one, or many of our wonderful CFK photo reflection 2020 Desktop Calendars. Only $50.00 including desktop recycled zip case stand and free postage within Australia, with all funds going to our ongoing CFK work that is helping to save lives. Did we mention all donations are tax deductible. Plastic covers created from upcycling CD/storage disk cases. Very ethical.

Purchasing by clicking on this link: https://caringforkiriwina.org.au/…/caring-for-kiriwina-202…/

We are so grateful to mid wife extraordinaire Shea Caplice for hosting this wonderful fundraiser and the bands that volunteered and preformed to raise funds for Caring for Kiriwina: The last born: Midwife Sheryl, Sally and Jason – kicked us off and Lionel Robinson and the in crowd took us out. Just brilliant!

The last born: Midwife Sheryl, Sally and Jason
Lionel Robinson and the in crowd

Our In-Country manager Toks met with the Losuia Health Centre’s Ray, NOIC, CFK-LHC Midwife Bokowau, CFK-LHC HO Jansen yesterday to receive more birthing kits and other supplies and discuss our expanding Caring for Kiriwina initiatives including our up-coming training workshops.

Exciting to see the internet is working on the Island at the moment. Instant communication, WOW. Traditionally this link will only last for a few days so we will try and make the most of it.

Thank you to our volunteers, sponsors and donors and the Australian Government for making this all possible @DFAT, @FriendshipGrants, #DFAT, #FriendshipGrants

Great work. Way forward. In the picture shown is Ray Monewau, NOIC, Retired HEO Mr Toposona and Retired NO Bokawau who has been the powerhouse for the VBA/VHV program. Thank you all ! From Lokula Lodge

Here is a SHOUT OUT to all Canberrans, The 2018 Midwinter Yarralumbla Arts and Crafts Show started TODAY! Friday 28th June, and goes all weekend. Wonderful arts and crafts and homemade cakes for sale. The Arts and Crafts show has generously supported Caring for Kiriwina since our inception in 2012. THANK YOU to all involved for your commitment and support!!!

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/midwinterartsandcrafts/?tn=HHH-R

Thank you Australian Women’s Weekly and journalist Melissa Field and also Miranda Herron for this gift of a wonderful article. Nestled between articles about Prince William and Dame Edna Everage, we feel extremely honoured and really appreciate your support! Please buy a copy and support CFK and AWW. A special thank you to Jodi’s mum Diana and sister Kylie Adams for their hundreds of hours packing the birthing kits, they sadly their tireless work did not get mentioned the article. Caring for Kiriwina is an Australian aid initiative implemented by Caring for Kiriwina on behalf of the Australian Government. @DFAT, @FriendshipGrant, #DFAT, # FriendshipGrant

Condition 190613:
The doctors can not do anymore. The bones can not join together and the flesh has grown in between the broken bones.

She is now on crutches and training herself to walk. She will be discharge from the hospital this Friday and fund her own way to Kiriwina.

CFK will assist Ruth to travel by plane to Kiriwina with her sister who accompany her to Alotau. Travelling by sea would be very difficult and inconvenience for Ruth.

She mention she still feels the pain from the legs, however, is trying her best cope. She will return in September to Alotau for review and if the leg does not improve, she will have her legs amputated.

Condition update 190527:

Toks contacted Ruth this morning and she informed him that the doctor on ward round this morning removed the plastic water bottles and elastic plaster from her leg due to swallon leg up to her knee. She will be informed for an x-ray sometimes this week. In the meantime she is on pain killer tablets awaiting for an x-ray.

Condition update 190524:

CFK’s in-country head spoke to Ruth yesterday and he reports that:

‘the plastic that was inserted into her leg was removed and nothing was inserted however only elastic plaster was tied around her leg. Two bottles tied to hold her legs or cause her bones to rejoin. She feels a bit better now than last week.’

Thanks to our sponsors and donors CFK has sent some funds to Ruth in Alotau to assist her. We have bought her a phone and balance of money will be used to assist her while in hospital.

‘She can sit up but not able to sit straight. The doctor that provided medical assistance to her is surgical doctors for bones and major cuts. His name is Dr James. She is given a month to stay in hospital for doctors to examine her before next cause of action is determined.’

reported Toks Bwaina

Below: Photos of Ruth in Hospital yesterday. Isn’t it wonderful when the internet connection is working.

Ruth is one of our VBA’s who feel victim of the strong wings. A mango branch fell on her resulting in broken left leg. She had to endure a horrendous sea voyage to get to a hospital. They make their women tough on Kiriwina. Seen here in Alotau General Hospital undergoing surgery and where she is still recovering – thanks Wendy Stein for sharing this photo. We wish Ruth a speedy recovery. The CFK Team x

Main Photo from Wendy Stein at Kula Babies Rotary, thank you for sharing on FB.
Above photo of Ruth attending the 2017 VBA Training program.

Continuing sad news received on Ruth’s condition. Our In-country manager who visited her in Alotau Hospital this morning.

She has a broken leg (big bone holding her hip and legs together). She has already undergone two operations with an insertion of metals and screws into her leg (first operation) and is not working. They have inserted plastic materials (2nd operation) to see if it can hold the bones together for another month.

She can not sit, walk or be in a wheel chair. She is just lying on her hospital bed. If the plastics can not hold her bone, the last option is to amputate her leg.

She seemed to be in a very critical condition.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ruth and her family.

We have been desperate to find a solution to the damaged water pump that serviced approx 5,000 people from the main Kiriwinan Village of Kavataria and have spoken to many organisations about possible solutions. At last we have managed to manufacture the missing part and we are now sending a Kiriwinan from the mainland, with the necessary skills, over the Kiriwina to fix the pump. Yeah!

Water pump in better times, CFK’s Mary Jonmundsson at the pump in 2017.