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Thankfully, with the help of one of the fabulous passengers on the next P&O cruise to Kiriwina, another 50 birthing kits and birth certificates are winging their way to Kiriwina, thank you Kaye. The midwives have been chasing the delivery of the birthing kits. We need funds to deliver 5 boxes of kits from Port Moresby to Kiriwina which will cost $300 Kina. This converts to $125 AUS. PLEASE HELP. Remember all donations are tax deductible. To donate CLICK HERE. www.gdg.org.au/GiveToJ903N    Thank you!

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Thank you so much Yarralumbla United Church, your support is essential to Caring for Kiriwina’s continued success. What a wonderful event. Hundreds of people rugged up in the cold single digit temperatures, Ah Canberra in winter. Photo Lynn Thomson, Winter Arts and Crafts coordinator.

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Caring for Kiriwina sincerely thanks all our donors for its ongoing support, and we are pleased to provide a brief summary of what we have been up to over the last year.

July 2015

100 birthing kits delivered (using funds from June 2015 Arts and Crafts donation, Yarralumbla United Church)

August 2015

100 birthing kits delivered

September 2015

Two passengers on a P&O Cruise that included a stop at Kiriwina, Trevor and Julie, contacted Caring for Kiriwina through our website caringforkiriwina.org.  They wanted to deliver educational materials to school children, and also delivered a quantity of birthing kits which we sent to them in Brisbane prior to boarding.  They were greeted with genuine Kiriwinan hospitality by the Kavataria elementary school, and later told us that this experience was the absolute highlight of their entire cruise.

October 2015

100 birthing kits delivered

November 2015

50 birthing kits delivered

December 2015

Caring for Kiriwina has historically focussed on the two main villages close to the mission station at Oyabia, which are Kavataria, Mulosaida.  However it now supports more villages, and in December sent 30 uniforms, warm jackets and sloppy joes to the Village Health Volunteers from the following villages:, Kwemtula, Osesuia, Oyuvayova, Tukwaukwa, Wabutuma, Luya, Bwetalu, Loubuwa, Siviyagila, Kudukweikela, Kepwapu, Kuluwa, Buduweilaka. We are aiming to provide another 70 midwives with uniforms.  These volunteers were on the beach at Kaibola to welcome the P&O guests in March 2016 (see below).  Also sent in December, in addition to 50 birthing kits, were 30 solar powered torches (which are charged by a hand) to help with night time deliveries, thank you JK Electrics pty ltd for your donation.  However our goal is to supply all the 100 midwives on the island with a torch or light that is sustainable, and we are currently looking for alternatives.

 

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Some of the Village Health Volunteers showing off their new uniforms.

March 2016

50 Birthing Kits delivered, assembled by Diana and Kylie Adams, from Narrabeen NSW

March 2016

Caring for Kiriwina was contacted by Lone Asmin Sumbulla P&O cruise passenger and now our Brisbane Caring for Kiriwina member, who liaised with a small group of P&O cruise passengers who wanted to participate by taking items to Kiriwina to donate to schools.  Once on Kiriwina, passengers and crew (about 20!) were transported to the other side of the island to personally deliver 50 boxes of donations they had collected from various donors across Australia. Caring for Kiriwina hosted the P&O guests and the local schools performed traditional dances and songs to entertain their guests and thank them for their generous donations. The schools that benefited from the donations of books and pens were Losuia Primary School, Oyabia Elementary School, and Oulakai village school.  Oulakai village school is for young children between 3 and 5 to prepare them for elementary school, and they learn about the names of stars, names of months, names of wind and other forms of learning in the Kiriwina language. These children learn ‘under the trees’ (Oulakai) and that is where the name of the school was derived.  They do not have a proper classroom.

Caring for Kiriwina would like to thank all those passengers who donated to the wonderful Kiriwinans and sent these brilliant photos back.
Paula, Jennifer, Lynne, Ron, Gloria, Lorri, Christine, Claire, Jette & Niels, Doug & Jeannette, Terri, Mark & Sue, Jenni & Rob, Grahame & Lynne, Heather & Russell.
We would like to especially thank the wonderful Joanne from P&O and our fabulous new honorary recruit Lone, what a star!

P&O Passengers being entertained by Kiriwina school students and the Caring for Kiriwina Team

April 2016

200 birthing kits delivered, provided by Susan Thomas (WOW!).  Susan is currently working on an additional 200 kits.

June 2016

The most recent and exciting development has been the registration of the Caring for Kiriwina as a non-profit charity in partnership with the Global Development Group (GDG).   The GDG is an Australian DFAT approved Non-Government Organisation carrying out quality humanitarian projects with approved partners and providing aid to relieve poverty and provide long term solutions. Essentially this means Caring for Kiriwina Project has the support and assistance of the GDG to help pursue its aims, which is to:

to care for the people living on the Kiriwinan islands, in particular to focus on the health of pregnant women, women in childbirth, newborn infants and children.

In practical terms, this means donations to Caring for Kiriwina will now need to be made to the Global Development Group quoting the Caring for Kiriwina Project.  Please visit the How to Donate page on this site.  They are now tax deducible!

Future initiatives

Some specific future initiatives Caring for Kiriwina is currently working on include:

  • training programs – As the midwives’ last training was in 1989, and the current midwives are aging, we are in the process of seeking Australian certified midwife’s volunteers to travel to Kiriwina to spend a few weeks training the current and new midwives. We will be raising funds to include return airfares, accommodation and food for approximately three weeks
  • hearing aids – Jason Toposona is a Health volunteer working as the Health Extension Officer (HEO) in Kavataria Village. He is the closest thing to a doctor on the island, and has worked on a volunteer basis at the local health clinic.  However poor hearing is impacting on his ability to continue in this role, and we are liaising with a specific donor to provide funds to fly Jason to Port Moresby for hearing tests, including funds for the hearing clinic and the purchasing of hearing aids.

Caring for Kiriwina is a partner for Project J903N Caring for Kiriwina, PNG with Global Development Group (ABN 57 102 400 993), an Australian NGO approved by the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Tax deductible receipts for gifts over $2 with a preference for this approved development project will be issued by Global Development Group for project J903N. Excess funds may be directed to another approved activity. Please note, no non-development (evangelistic, political or welfare) activities are a part of, or funded by, GDG projects. For more information please visit www.gdg.org.au

Website Governance

Caring for Kiriwina is a partner for Project J903N Caring for Kiriwina, PNG with Global Development Group (ABN 57 102 400 993), an Australian DFAT approved Non Government Organisation carrying out quality humanitarian projects with approved partners and providing aid to relieve poverty and provide long term solutions. 

Global Development Group takes responsibility of the project according to DFAT rules providing a governance role and assisting in the areas of planning, monitoring, evaluating and auditing to ensure the projects are carried out to DFAT requirements.

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Part of our wonderful Caring for Kiriwina in country team in uniform.

THANK YOU jkelectrics North Balgowlah NSW for your wonderful gift of 30 Torches to be shared with our 100 + Mid Wives working with Caring for Kiriwina on the Island.

They have now been sent and should get to Kiriwina before Christmas, Yeah!!! The perfect gift, now batteries required…

jkelectrics serving the Northern Beaches for over 25 years. Contact Jeff Keating, mobile: 0419 466 649CCTorches

As you can gather from all these messages of thanks it takes many people to make this charity a success. On the ground working tirelessly for others we have to especially thank the mid wives and the people of Kiriwina.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year one and all.

 

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Thank you Toks, without the continuing support from you and your family Caring for Kiriwina would not be the successful, smooth running professional charity that it is today.

CaringforKiriwinapartofTeamSome members of the Caring for Kiriwina Team from left: Liam, Jodi and Ralph Lawton (the co-founder) and our wonderful friend and Kiriwinan Manager Toks Bwaina

Another 50 birthing kits are winging their way to Kiriwina, they should arrive before Christmas, fingers crossed.

Merry Christmas Kiriwina!

Thank you to the Team at Caring for Kiriwina who work tirelessly to keep a constant supply of disposable Birthing Kits and Birth Certificates in production.

A special thank you to Diana, Kylie (and Tom) Adams who do such a fantastic job putting the kits together and the essential support we receive from the Yarralumla Uniting Church Canberra. THANK YOU!

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