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REMOVING INCINERATOR MOULD   Leave a comment

Completed incinerator base cement slab being removed from mould. The base slabs were cast for two incinerators which were installed at the Kiunga Catholic Mission health center and Rumginai.

Nichola Goddard Continues To Light Up Papua New Guinea   Leave a comment

The Goddards with community members at a rural health centre in Gororomeka in the Daulo district of Eastern Highlands Province. This clinic is a Community Home Based Care centre and had solar powered lights installed

The Goddards with community members at a rural health centre in Gororomeka in the Daulo district of Eastern Highlands Province. This clinic is a Community Home Based Care centre and had solar powered lights installed

Nearly all the remote health centres in Papua New Guinea operate in the dark at night. Those that can afford to continually buy batteries use torches, while some use candles and lamps to treat patients.

Some even use “bomboms” (dried coconut palm leaves tied together and lit up) as a light to help deliver babies at night. While most of us might not be thinking about this issue, there are a few very generous organisations such as the Nichola Goddard Foundation and Light Up the World (LUTW) that are concerned and are working tirelessly to raise funds to ensure as many remote health centres in PNG are being lit up through solar power.

Tim & Sally GoddardTim and Sally Goddard, their daughters Victoria and Kate and colleagues from Canada who raise funds for ATprojects to light up rural and remote health centres in PNG paid a visit to ATprojects Centre in Goroka, Eastern Highlands from May 31st to June 3rd.

LUTW in partnership with the Nichola Goddard Foundation has been funding ATprojects to install solar lights in these health centres all over PNG and to-date ATprojects (with its local partners) have installed 410 solar lighting units in 246 rural health facilities over the past 5 years.

The Goddards said the purpose of their trip to the Eastern Highlands Province was to meet with ATprojects Co-Directors, to see firsthand the progress of the solar installations.

The Goddards & ATprojects team ready to walk to a rural health facility

The Goddards & ATprojects team ready to walk to a rural health facility

A highlight of their stay in the province was the visit to Gororomeka Community Home Based Care (CHBC) site, a rural health clinic mostly made from bush materials in the Daulo District. A two hours walk from the main road and up the Daulo mountain range was described as a great experience for the visitors. They said they now have a better understanding of how difficult it is to install solar lights in the rural health facilities that are situated in the rough terrain and mountainous areas in PNG.

The Goddards of course are not new to PNG, having taught in a number of rural schools in Milne Bay, East Sepik and Kainantu, Eastern Highlands province in the past. Back in Canada they raise funds for the Nichola Goddard Foundation, a project that was established in honour of Nichola Goddard, their daughter who was born in Papua New Guinea.

Nichola was a Captain in the 1st Regiment of the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery when she was killed on May 17, 2006 in combat while serving with the Canadian military in Afghanistan.

As part of her legacy the Nichola Goddard Foundation was started in 2008 with the main aim to improve the quality and functionality of health care facilities in the rural areas of PNG by installing solar powered lighting systems especially in maternity rooms.

The Goddards said they plan to help over one thousand health facilities throughout the country by supporting the installation of solar lights units.

“Five years ago they installed eight solar units in the rural health clinics in the Trobriand Islands and Kirriwina of Milne Bay Province and they start to look for a PNG-based partner to work with and found ATprojects,” said Tim Goddard.

Walking a bush track to the Gororomeka rural health facilityFundraisings are carried out by the Nichola Goddard Foundation in Canada and the funds raised are then given to LUTW, who release these to ATprojects. LUTW is an international humanitarian organization dedicated to providing renewable energy and innovative lighting technologies to developing.

Also the Nichola Goddard Foundation is offering two scholarships to those who wish to do their Masters and PHDs in the following universities:

Captain Nichola KS Goddard Scholarship in Graduate Studies at the University of Calgary– Graduate students from one of three groups are eligible for the scholarship fund: they may be citizens of Papua New Guinea, the country where Nichola Goddard was born; they may be people of First Nations, Inuit or Metis descent, in whose company Goddard spent many of her formative years; or they may be citizens of Afghanistan, the place of her death.

Captain Nichola KS Goddard Scholarship at the University of Prince Edward Island –This is awarded to a student in the Faculty of Education who has an interest in the international specialization, has successfully completed both first year practical, and has achieved an average of 80% on his/her first year course work. Preference is given to a student whose placement interest is in a developing country.

For more information on scholarships go to nicholagoddard.com.

 By Janet Rowaro

ATPROJECTS MARKS 2014 WORLD AIDS DAY   Leave a comment

ATprojects together with other partners in Eastern Highlands marked the World AIDS DAY at Peace Park in the heart of Goroka town on Dec 1st, 2014.

In line with this year’s theme; “Zero Discrimination –Access to Service is My Right “, ATprojects co-Director and Deputy Chairperson of the Provincial Aids Council (PAC), Miriam Layton urged everyone in the community to have access to health, counselling and VCT services being offered by service providers in the province.

Mrs Layton urged those living in denial of HIV to go forward and have access to counselling and testing services

Hundreds of people from all walks of life witnessed Wold Aids Day at Goroka Peace Park in the Eastern Highlands Province of PNG

Hundreds of people from all walks of life witnessed Wold Aids Day at Goroka Peace Park in the Eastern Highlands Province of PNG

“HIV virus is killing very silently in our family and house hold, community society and we must not ignore the services being offered to us. The National Government is injecting a lot of money to the service providers to ensure that we have access to those services and every person has the right to access them,” she said.

She said people who have been living in denial of HIV must go forward and access these services and it is free and by doing so is the way forward to eliminate the virus in the communities and the country as a whole. She added that ought to people to change their attitudes and contribute meaningfully to the development of the PNG.

ATproject display PHK during the World Aids Day on December Ist 2014

ATproject display PHK during the World Aids Day on December Ist 2014

Meanwhile a person living with HIV challenged youths to think carefully before making any decisions that could cost them their lives.

He said young people must know that they have a long way to go and they must refrain from engaging themselves in any risky sexual and promiscuous activities that could alter their lives and those of their families.

Other partners that participated in the World AIDS Day activities in the province included ST. Joseph’s Centre of Hope that conducted free VCT tests, Minivava, Mercy Works, Catholic Health Services, National Catholic Family life, Eastern Highlands Family Voice, Save the Children and Touching the Untouchables.

 

 

PNG’S SANITATION CHALLENGE   Leave a comment

Miriam Layton from AT Projects on PNG’s sanitation challenge

Miriam LaytonResearch has shown that women are particularly vulnerable in areas with inadequate sanitation, and often simple solutions can improve the situation. One organisation working on the ground in Goroka Province in Papua New Guinea is AT Projects.

Richard Ewart:

(follow this link to hear the interview audio)

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-19/miriam-layton-from-a-t-projects-on-pngs-sanitation/4379102

Source: ABC News | Duration: 6min 23sec

 

Posted November 19, 2012 09:38:33