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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

ANU Emeritus Professor Andrew Pawley BA (NZ), MA, PhD (University of Auckland), FRSNZ, FAHAEmeritus Professor, School of Culture, History & LanguageANU College of Asia and the Pacific) and the Rev. Dr. Ralph Lawton editing the latest draft of the Dictionary. Thank you so much Professor Andrew Pawley and colleagues for continuing to support the final publication of this epic project.

https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/pawley-ak

Since Caring for Kiriwina’s inception in July 2012, Yarralumla Uniting Church has supported our vital work to allow us to continue Margaret and the Reverand Dr Ralph Lawton’s legacy of love and support for the Kiriwinan people. Yarralumla Church parishioners also continue to support the family to allow the blind Ralph Lawton to live at home at 90 years of age. Thank you so much from the bottom of the our hearts.

On our recent trip to Kiriwina we realised that other than the torches we had recently sent over there was no other available lighting source for the VBA’s work. The VBA’s use burning sticks to check the progress of births at night… a seemingly precarious practice. We are sending x 75 headlamps (which are a triumph of German engineering) over to our wonderful CFK VBA’s, thanks to a 75% off sale and the continued generosity of our wonderful sponsors and donors. We will strive to light the way for our Kiriwinan VBA’s, Mother’s and Babies.

Thank you Gina, your generosity means a lot to our wonderful Kiriwinan VBA’s and their mothers. Gina has delivered the first of the many Birthing Kit packages to come. One of the many initiatives we have adopted since returning from our latest trip is to send up more birthing kits. Whist we were there we also noticed that many of the older VBA’s feet suffered badly from walking constantly on the coral ground to travel the vast distances they have to travel to help their mothers, so we have also started to send up thongs to make their journeys slightly more comfortable.