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Thank you to Shea Caplice and Jacqui Andrews from the bottom of our hearts, two extraordinary midwives who are prepared to risk all for others. Humanity at its best!!!!
Thank you for agreeing to our third training trip in September this year!

Shea pictured with CFK VBA’s during our Oct 2018 training trip.

@DFAT, #DFAT, @FriendshipGrants, #FriendshipGrants

International Midwife Day fundraiser

Thank you to Shea and everyone who came and donated to Caring for Kiriwina. It was a wonderful event and even the rain managed to stay away.

Thank you Hannah Darling for preforming, what an amazing voice, also the strings and Cheryl’s band. Amazing!

Today we are remembering those ANZACs who served in partnership with the Kirwinan people in WW2.

Thank you Diggers for building the Losuia airport strip, the most vital piece of infrastructure on Kiriwina, still in use today. As we discovered after the damage caused by the election violence in 2017 it is relatively impossible to reach the Island unless you are prepared risk your life on a two day, potentially death defying sea journey. @DFAT, #DFAT @FriendshipGrants,#LestWeForget #AnzacDay

Lest we forget.

Not forgotten nor forsaken

Are the lads no longer here;

I shall call-and you will waken

On this one day of the year

from Landing in the Dawn
John Sandes 1916



KIRIWINA, TROBRIAND ISLANDS, PAPUA. 1944-01-31. A KITTYHAWK AIRCRAFT OF NO. 76 SQUADRON RAAF UNDERGOING MAJOR MAINTENANCE BY MEMBERS OF NO. 12 REPAIR AND SALVAGE UNIT RAAF BEHIND THE BATTLE LINE AT KIRIWINA, UNDER A CANOPY ERECTED AS SHELTER FROM THE TROPICAL SUN. THE SAME AIRCRAFT IS ALSO SEEN IN AWM PHOTOGRAPHS 0G0620 AND OG0621.

KIRIWINA, TROBRIAND ISLANDS, PAPUA. C. 1943-11-30. AN INFORMAL GROUP PORTRAIT OF MEMBERS OF NO. 6 MOBILE WORKS SQUADRON RAAF TAKEN ON THE DECK OF THE SHIP JUST BEFORE DEPARTURE FROM KIRIWINA TO NADZAB BY USA LCTS (LANDING CRAFT, TANK).

Images c/o the Australian War Memorial of Kiriwina Island, Trobriand Islands, Papua. August 1943. British built Bristol Beaufighter aircraft of No. 30 Squadron RAAF on Kiriwina airfield. Photographer:
Robinson, William H

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.

CFK has purchased the parts, flown someone over from the mainland and fixed the damaged pump. We have also supplied the equipment to ensure continued use, Yeah!

Thanks to our supporters, sponsors and donors and The DFAT Friendship Grants #DFAT, #Friendshipgrants for allowing this life saving aid to happen.

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.