Past news articles from Anglicare

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Welcome to 2015 – Literacy program

Welcome to 2015, New Year, New Beginning. The Literacy program would like to welcome the opportunity of continuing its activities again this year, with financial support from CPP. Registration resumes on the third week of this January.

POM center registration

Upon registration, a total of 174 learners registered to resume class this semester. From the total registered, 107 are adult whilst 67 are youths. The program looks forward to do its best this year. To achieve some of its goals and objectives as we continue to advocate for literacy. The primary objective of the Literacy center is to educate one about HIV/AIDS information, Gender education, provide one with skills that will help generate income and also help increase one’s knowledge on how to increase their access to financial activities.

FODE into effective

Anglicare PNG Literacy has now taken on board to facilitate the FODE program, which was agreed upon by the FODE central principal after a conservation to accommodate Literacy students who graduated from level 4. The initiative started a few years back seeing more than 30 students have succeeded through. Seeing the progress and good reputation, FODE central decided to hand over all facilitation materials for Anglicare Literacy to take care of its FODE but refer students for exams at the end of completion of subjects and assignments. The first intake for FODE this year was about a total of 30 students who successfully sit for their FODE entry test.

The programs theme for this year is “Improving Lives through Literacy”. This refers to all aspects of life, looking at the holistic point.

New Staffs

The program was also fortunate to have on board this year two experience staffs for POM and one for Popondetta which is a bonus to the program in bringing the program forward. Hanson Pato the new Trainer and Coordinator for Central/POM CSOs and Mary Worri, the new Level 2 teacher for POM center. Emanuel Gumaba is a new Trainer & Resource Development Officer for Popondetta.

 

 

 

 

 

Most Significant Change Story

The story  used was done with consent from the named person (Rose Tumange)

My name is Rose Tumange and I am from Pangia District in Southern Highlands Province.

My journey of life started when I was 17 years old. I am from a family of 3 brothers and sisters. My life with my family and my siblings was great. We had a caring family and I was an obedient child. I took part in church activities and community activities and then I was forced to get married to a man in 1996 which he offered a good amount of bride price and also resided in Port Moresby. He had a trade store and worked for a taxi company.

But after 4 years, our marriage broke apart leaving me with one child and him with another child. I had to go back to my family and live with them in Pangia.

Back in my village there was no one to fend for my child but me alone in day to day needs so I had to leave Pangia and come to Mt Hagan Town in 2003 to look for money and things to send to my child back home. To look for money or a place to stay was not that easy so I become a female sex worker (FSW) to get money to pay for rent as well as my needs and for my child.

I would get on big highway trucks and PMV buses to Lae and Goroka to earn money. For 3 years I had been an FSW without the knowledge of correct usage of condom and the modes of HIV transmissions including STI’s. I knew little about HIV as a killer disease. I was also a Drug user and had been addicted to drugs and homebrew.

I was very sick in 2006 and was brought to the hospital but did not get well. I continued to get sick more often and was about to be bed laden when I heard about the Voluntary Confidential Counselling and Testing done at Tiniga clinic. I went for a HIV test and I was tested positive to HIV. I was really afraid and also thought of how I would approach my family and my child. But the counselors who tested me provided counseling as help for me to be strong for myself and for my child.

The counselor who brought me to life showed me how to live a positive life and I thanks him for his support.

He is Pr. Allan Kuma from Anglicare PNG Inc. of Mt Hagen. He never lost hope in me and continued counseling me until I quit taking drugs and homebrew in 2009, along with some of the risky behaviors I practiced. From that day on I have always given credit back to Anglicare for saving my life.  Pr. Allan engaged me as a volunteer and I had been a volunteer from 2010 to 2012 (2 years).

I was fully employed by Anglicare in 2012 as a positive advocator, which I still am doing this and spreading the word of the good work that Anglicare is doing for PNG.

My last word of thanks goes to Pr. Allan Kuma and the counseling team for showing me a positive sense of living life and Anglicare for the Job opportunity to look after my family. Anglicare is doing a lot of good work and God will bless the work in PNG.

 

Thank you,

 

According to Mr Cliff Rombok the branch was in the process of setting up a fully-fledged drop-in centre for PLHIVs when we changed our focus to MARPs.

Rose had a great input since January, 2013 in bringing in FSWs who had HIV and were not on treatment. Her outreach work is very effective as she is able to identify and bring in FSWs for clinical checks and follow-ups even if they have been reached by others already.

She conducted educational sessions with nutritional feeding programs for FSWs.

The team focussed on creating an enabling environment for the FSWs. Until recently, more and more FSWs are freely coming to come to us as they know we care for them.

 

Archbishop visits Anglicare in Papua New Guinea

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and his wife Caroline arrived in Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea, early on Saturday morning.

The trip was part of the Archbishop’s scheduled visits to fellow primates around the Anglican Communion during his first 18 months in office.

The Archbishop and Mrs Welby were here on a 10-day visit to Anglican provinces in the Philippines and Oceania.

On Saturday morning 9th of August, 2014 Archbishop Justin Welby met privately with the Archbishop of Papua New Guinea, the Most Revd. Clyde Mervin Igara, and also met all the diocesan bishops held at the Diocese of Port Moresby. Hosting the visit was Port Moresby Diocese Bishop Peter Ramsden and the Staff of the NGO Anglicare PNG Inc.

The Archbishop was taken on a guided tour of the facilities of Anglicare and briefed by the line supervisors of each component activities conducted by Anglicare Port Moresby branch.

After the tour the Archbishop of Canterbury was given the opportunity to thank the staff of Anglicare for giving their time to organise for his visit. He said in his thanking remarks that he was honoured to visit such an organization formed by the church to be providing a variety of services which benefited the community and most importantly providing services in a highly gender sensitive manner.

In completing the visit Archbishop Justin said a prayer of blessing for the work of Anglicare and for strength to continue providing services to those affected by social issues.

Archbishop Justin also spoke at the launching dinner of the Anglicare Foundation which he officiated as the guest speaker and also to launch the Foundation. Anglicare is the social outreach arm of the Anglican Church in Papua New Guinea, working mainly with people affected by HIV/AIDS.

Before arriving in Papua New Guinea, the Archbishop was in the Philippines, where he met with the Most Revd Edward Malecdan, Prime Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines, and diocesan bishops.

The Archbishop visited Melanesia; Australia; and Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.

Foundation Launched

The Board of Directors for Anglicare PNG Inc. have made a milestone development in its attempts to sustain the function and operations of Anglicare PNG Inc.

From a vision, they have made the Foundation become a reality; the Anglicare Foundation was officially launched on the 9th of August, 2014 by the visiting Anglican Arch Bishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

Arch Bishop Welby spoke highly of the work of Anglicare during his speech to mark the launch of the Foundation. “I am very much aware after visiting Anglicare that the work it does is gender inclusive and covers all aspects of issues which affect communities.

Arch Bishop of PNG Clyde Igara in support of the Foundation assured the Church’s support for the Foundation and the work of Anglicare PNG Inc.

Archbishop Igara emphasized by saying “the seed that was planted a decade ago has now grown into a tree”. Referring to the growth of Anglicare PNG Inc. with the formation of the Anglicare Foundation, he said was a positive step for the church and the work of the Church and the sustainability of Anglicare in its work.

The outgoing Chairman of the Board of Anglicare PNG Inc. Bishop Peter Ramsden through his last official speech as the Outgoing Chairman of Anglicare PNG thanked all individuals and business house who put their hands up to make launch of the Foundation Possible. Bishop Peter also thanked Lady Roselyn Morauta for her tireless efforts in making sure all strings where tied for the launching.

The Patron of the Foundation during the launch announced raising a total amount of K300, 000.00 as start up for the Anglicare Foundation.

A high profile Board of Trustees is in place to nurture the Foundation and its activities.

 

WASH in Schools Program extends as far as Rigo Coast and the Motuan Coastline.

This year the Anglicare PNG Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Schools Program extended its activities to the outskirts of the Central Province. Kalo in the Rigo Coast, Koudorika and Boera along the Motuan Coastline are recipients of the much needed WASH in Schools Program Facilities.

The selection of the schools was done by a survey on the chosen schools by the WASH Coordinator Ms. Issabella Warre, WaterAid Country Representative Rick Steel and the WASH Field Officer Kapi Arava. After discussions with the school Head Teachers decisions were made to allocate the project to schools upon merit of the urgent need for the facilities. Hygiene, Health and Safety standards of students and staff was a main part in allocating the project to the selected schools.  The schools will receive under the WASH Program, VIP Latrines or pit toilets, Water Catchments and Hand Washing Facilities for use by the students and staff of the respective schools. Kalo Primary School upon visitation by the WASH Field Officer was in a very dire need of the facilities. According to the Senior Teachers they have been somewhat neglected by authorities, but only recently under a Special Program by the Education Department had they received teaching Aid and school materials. Anglicare PNG Inc. WASH Field Officer Mr. Kapi Arava conducted a two part training to clarify to the students and staff that the project was not an initiative of the Government but that of a local NGO supported by the Australian Government through their Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Aid Program. After the introductory session and awareness on WASH activities Mr. Arava ran an activity for the student representatives and the Teachers to form a school WASH Committee. According to the WASH Officer “this will enable the care of the facilities and the sustainability of the project in the long run” he said. Anglicare WASH Program has so far provided such facilities in the following Primary and Elementary Schools – Barakau, Lealea, Christ the King (ATS), Osobea Elementary (Goldie) and Marinae Elementary School (Tokarara).

There are four more recipients (schools) of the Anglicare WASH project in the Central Province who are earmarked for the project in the coming months.

Anglicare Foundation Launched

The Board of Directors for Anglicare PNG Inc. have made a milestone development in its attempts to sustain the function and operations of Anglicare PNG Inc.
From a vision, they have made the Foundation become a reality; the Anglicare Foundation was officially launched on the 9th of August, 2014 by the visiting Anglican Arch Bishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.
Arch Bishop Welby spoke highly of the work of Anglicare during his speech to mark the launch of the Foundation. “I am very much aware after visiting Anglicare that the work it does is gender inclusive and covers all aspects of issues which affect communities.
Arch Bishop of PNG Clyde Igara in support of the Foundation assured the Church’s support for the Foundation and the work of Anglicare PNG Inc.
Archbishop Igara emphasized by saying “the seed that was planted a decade ago has now grown into a tree”. Referring to the growth of Anglicare PNG Inc. with the formation of the Anglicare Foundation, he said was a positive step for the church and the work of the Church and the sustainability of Anglicare in its work.
The outgoing Chairman of the Board of Anglicare PNG Inc. Bishop Peter Ramsden through his last official speech as the Outgoing Chairman of Anglicare PNG thanked all individuals and business house who put their hands up to make launch of the Foundation Possible. Bishop Peter also thanked Lady Roselyn Morauta for her tireless efforts in making sure all strings where tied for the launching.
The Patron of the Foundation during the launch announced raising a total amount of K300, 000.00 as start up for the Anglicare Foundation.
A high profile Board of Trustees is in place to nurture the Foundation and its activities.

 

Anglicare PNG Inc received a welcoming assistance from a corporate body late last year.

British American Tobacco also known as BAT was generous enough under its community initiative program to support the Adult Literacy Program build a permanent galvanized iron shelter to cater for its cooking classes using drum ovens.

The shelter this year will be used by the Adult Literacy Students and teachers during their life skills program to bake scones and cakes using the drum ovens.

According to Ms. Jacqueline Tanda representative from the Corporate Affairs Section of BAT, this is part of a program in which BAT puts aside funding to assist community groups and NGO’s who seek assistance in terms of infrastructural development within the requesting organization.

“ So far we have assisted Anglicare in three provinces, Mt Hagen Anglicare office is receiving a water tank and a pump to be placed on a cement base and Lae is getting a new look to its counselling facility as BAT would refurbish it and Anglicare Port Moresby having the shelter built” Ms. Tanda said.

She said this was not the first time BAT had assisted Anglicare PNG, having assisted the Drop in Centre providing gifts for the friends who come to the centre.

Ms. Tanda was on site to lay the final foundational structure before the galvanized iron roofing was put on. Assisting Ms. Tanda were three of her colleagues from the Marketing department of BAT namely Rose Ralewa, Jonah Arut and Kapi Rawali.

JOFOX building, maintenance and construction Company was entrusted the work of building the shelter Mr. Martin Mareva company owner and foreman was quite pleased that his company was the one building the shelter.

Love Patrol gives insights on social issues

Love patrol has been watched by many in the Pacific Region but especially in Papua New Guinea. “We are honored to be here to present to you the launching of the 5th Love Patrol series”. This was said by the stars of the Love Patrol film during the launching.

Wan Smol Bag production of PNG’s closest neighbors Vanuatu has turned another stone after launching it’s fifth series here in the nation’s capital Port Moresby. Anglicare Planning Monitoring and Communication Unit staff were privileged enough to be invited to attend this launching.

“It is with anticipation that one day PNG can produce world class quality films for a wider audience”. “The love patrol series is a combination of lots of hard work, determination and involvement of stakeholders and views by a wide audience” a United Nation representative said during the launch.

The production of the 5th series has lots of creativity and concepts put into the making of the film LOVE PATROL as viewed during the screening at the Paradise Cinemas at The Vision City mall.According to two main actors in the series Helen Kailo and Noel Aru, taking part in producing series 1- 4 has had a great impact in the their lives.

At first the council of chiefs and villager elders were not too happy with the film as they said “it was too sexy”. But these comments were seen as a challenge to improve the next series, according to Mr. Aru.

Helen Kailo who plays the role as the beautiful lawyer in series 5 said the filming has made her view life in a totally different perspective. Helen who is half Papua New Guinean (mother from Manus) said even as a teenager in school she did not know what to do with her life.

“I was lost while still in high school and I didn’t know what to do, after completing school I heard of the auditioning of roles in the film love patrol so I tried it out” Today apart from playing a character in the film she also helps out in the financial aspect of running the daily production. Ms. Kailo said it is enjoyable working when filming a scene but it could be very tedious at times.

There is a growing mentality of negativity at certain movies which are produced locally as compared to the Hollywood movies. But Love Patrol is more dealing with life in reality and what we as individuals behave like. According to Noel Aru who plays the Policer Mark, in Vanuatu he said they think that it’s real, but that’s just acting.

“But I believe that it’s good in a way because it makes the audience think twice about their own behavior and that of other’s within the community” he said. They both thanked UNAIDS, AusAID and New Zealand Foreign Affairs for making everything possible and the audience in PNG whom they said were the highest viewing audience of Love Patrol in the South Pacific. “It is important that our youths don’t look upon Hollywood actors as role models, but also our local actors”  Love Patrol series 5 will be released early next year according to representatives of Wan Smol Bag Production.

 

Video show Advocacy a success story as told by a volunteer – Elsie Robert

When I started making awareness programs with Anglicare in the settlement areas in Hagen town, I found out that many people didn’t understand what HIV/AIDS and STIs were.

When I as a volunteer and Davis Gai as a staff from Anglicare began conducting Video shows and advocacy on HIV/AIDS in the settlement we found out that many people who took care of HIV/AIDS positive people didn’t, eat together, wash together or slip together because of the fear of contracting the virus through these ways.

We told them that there was only one major way that people could contract the virus and that was through sex. There has been a significant change in their attitudes towards the PLWH’s and now many are living together in their homes.

The other thing that we found out when conducting Video shows was that many sex workers came and complained of STIs cases and we made referrals to the Tininga STI clinic, Togoba H/Centre and Rebiamul for treatment, and we told them that STI had treatment available so they could go for treatment as soon as possible, but with HIV it didn’t have a cure.

When doing advocacy and condom demonstrations, many people came and thanked us and said that many of them never knew how to use the male and female condoms properly but after this education and demonstration they now knew how to use the condom correctly and they also thanked us for the good work Anglicare was doing.

 Awareness success story – Anglicare Mt Hagen

Taim mi start long mekim toktok skul raun long Hagen taun mi lukim olsem igat sampela man/meri ol ino klia gut long HIV/AIDS na STIs. Taim mi soim piksa igo sampela man/meri ol save lukautim ol positiv lain ol husait istap wantaim HIV/AIDS, save poret long kaikai,waswas na slip klostu long ol. Taim mi wokim dispela program ol askim mi olsem sapos mipela kaikai, slip,waswas, serim klos wantaim ol nogut mipela kisim dispela sik HIV/AIDS, na mi tok nogat yupela ino inap kisim sapos yupela serim kaikai,slip,waswas or serim klos wantaim ol.

HIV/AIDS save ron long narapela igo long narapela long dispela rot tasol, kok wara, kan wara,susu wara bilong ol mama bilong man/meri tasol.

Wanpela samting tu igat planti sex worker istap na taim mi mekim dispel a wareness program igo na soim piksa ol lukim na ol ikam sindaun wantaim mi na askim mi long sampela samting I kamap long bodi bilong ol,ol olsem ass leak na mi tokim ol olsem yupela mas igo long hausik na sekim yupela yet, bilong wanem igat marasin bilong ol dispela ol sik, olsem Gonoreia,cyplis na ol arapela sik moa.

Taim mi save go mekim program, mi save karim kondom wantaim igo na givim ol yangpela man/meri,na ol papa/mama save amamas long wanem samting mi save mekim. Na ol save askim mi long demonstratim Kondom bilong man/meri. Olgeta man/meri save laikim istret dispel a program na mi tu save lainim plenty samting long ol tu.

Mi wanpela volunteer long Anglicare stop aids na mi save mekim awareness raun long hagen taun.taim mi stat lo mekim dispela program raun, mi lainim planti samting tu.wanpela bikpela samting tru em taim wanpela bilong femili bilong yu em painim sick HIV/AIDS,yumi noken poret long em,yumi mas kaikai,serim klos, silip wantaim na kisim em raun wantaim na em bai pilim amamas na bai no inap kisim wari tumas long wanem wari save kilim man/meri idai.em wanpla bikpela samting mi lainim na narapela samting tu mi lainim em taim wanpela man/meri igat sik HIV/AIDS yu mas kaikai gutpela kaikai,waswas, kisim gutpela silip na main wan yu mas stap yu yet wantaim femili bilong yu yet, na sapos yutupela save olsem yutupela igat HIV/AIDS, na sapos yutupela sikirap long kuap wantaim man or meri bilong yu olgeta taim yutupela mas usim kondom.

Em tasol liklik tingting mi gat lo serim wantaim yupela ol narapela man/meri ken lukim na bihainim.

 

NACS concerned with the coming closure of the Anglicare PNG Inc. Popondetta branch office and the adverse effects this may have on the Province.

Port Moresby, June 25th, 2013— A recent visit by the newly appointed board members has heard from a report that the Anglicare Popondetta Branch is closing its doors at the end of June, 2013 due to funding withdrawal.

This closure will mean that Voluntary Confidential Counselling and Testing (VCCT) and other related services provided by Anglicare PNG Inc. in Popondetta will be ceased until further notice by the Head Office here in Port Moresby.

National Director for Anglicare PNG Inc. Mrs Heni Meke and her administrative team have been seeking other sources of funding since the news had come from the current funders, AUSAID.

“We have sought assistance from the respective Members of Parliament and the Oro Province Governor, and it will take time as processes have to be followed”, she said. According to Mrs. Meke pledges have been made to help fund the Anglicare Popondetta branch operations.

She said the closure of the Popondetta office will mean the disruption of services, awareness, outreach programs, community based programs, mobile VCCT and trainings provided by the staff in the Oro Province.

Mrs. Meke when presenting her report to the newly appointed Board Members of the National AIDS Council Secretariat had stirred up concerns amongst the members due to the fact that Anglicare has been providing to the general public VCCT services as a support to the Popondetta General Hospital. The closure will mean that the General Hospital VCCT Center will now be the only provider of these services.

Mr. James Wong who was part of the visiting NACS team was more concerned of the adverse effects that the people would face. He briefly shared that it is the people that give service providers the drive to provide services, the demand for such a service provided by Anglicare will be felt by the people if the office is closed, he said.

The NACS Board Members led by Chairman Dr. Banare Bun had visited Anglicare PNG Inc. Port Moresby head office as a sensitization exercise which the members used as an opportunity to familiarise with the partners involved in the provision of health services to those affected and infected by the HIV/AIDS virus.

Bishop Peter Ramsden, the Chairman of the Anglicare PNG Inc. Board and also the Arch Bishop of the Port Moresby Anglican Diocese was concerned that with only one funder this sort of situation was fort coming and the board according to the Bishop Peter is developing alternative solutions to prevent such issues in the near future.

He told the NACS Board Members of the vision of setting up the Anglicare Foundation, so to generate income to sustain the services that Anglicare PNG Inc. provides to its target communities in the five provinces (NCD,Enga, Western Highlands, Morobe & Oro) here in PNG.

The NACS team had Observe every section of Anglicare during their tour, managers and staff responded to questions raised during the tour.

Bishop Peter acknowledged the visit by the handful of NACS Board Members, in response Dr. Banare Bun thanked Anglicare PNG Inc. for making time available to host the NACS board members and to know what Anglicare has been doing for the past ten years in the response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

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