Papua New Guinea
Caritas’ work in Papua New Guinea focuses on sustainable livelihoods, improving health, disaster preparedness and education.
Gender Violence Awareness Programme in Enga Province
The Catholic Diocese of Wabag approached Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand to request support for a pilot gender-awareness project in Enga Province. The province is the scene of many tribal fights, domestic violence against women and particularly allegations of sorcery against women, who are then tortured and often killed.
The pilot project has attracted strong support in the areas in which it has been held, and plans are underway to extend the project to other areas of Enga Province in 2016, with a special focus on combating allegations of sorcery against women.
El Nino (2015/2016)
An extreme El Nino weather pattern, which causes high temperatures and low rainfall, had disastrous effects around the Pacific and particularly in Papua New Guinea at the end of 2015 and beginning of 2016. We have been assisting villages in four Highlands provinces to mitigate the effect of droughts. This includes training of villagers in planting drought-resistant varieties of staple crops, the establishment of nurseries and distribution of seeds, enhancing rain water catchment infrastructure and providing hygiene training. Response work to this emergency is ongoing.