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.

Our In-Country Manager will be flying over from Alotau to Kiriwina towards the end of December with boxes and boxes of essential items. The x 74 headlamps were mailed yesterday and x 50 Birthing Kits including underpants and additional fabric/ reusable/washable menstrual pads have been sent to replace the disposable pads normally used. Rubbish is a massive problem on Kiriwina and hopefully this will help reduce the amount of rubbish on the Island.

Box of head lamps
Birthing Kits, underpants and reusable Menstrual pads

Thank you Big W for donating the bras and undies. The Kiriwians were very grateful, particularly elderly women who feel very exposed when stepping on and off boats.

Very grateful. Thank you again for your generosity.

Dear lovely friends,

Thank you so much for your support for Caring for Kiriwina and our project to provide birthing training on the island.
I loved seeing so many of you on Sunday, I really really appreciate you all coming. I thought it was a great afternoon, and I personally came away with a very nice new frock!
Some of you couldn’t make it, and very generously donated through the website, thank you so much.
I’m very proud that we raised $2,760.00, what an awesome group of people you are!
A very big thank you to all the helpers: Jodi, Doug, Barbara, Geoff, Mary, John, Peter, Annabel, Rachel, Barbara P, Chi, Andrew, Csaba, Bertie, Kylie, Nina and Aimee, it couldn’t have happened without you!
And also a huge thank you to Blackwattle Bay Campus for their generous offer to use the cafe for the day.
So, onwards and upwards, Ill send an update when we get back early May to let you know how we go!!!
With love,
Vanessa (and everyone here at Caring for Kiriwina)
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