Lujan Home for Girls
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has been supporting the Lujan Home for Girls - located in Vanimo, Papua New Guinea - since 2017. Support has been given through solidarity grants, from individual fundraisers, and the Sister Marie Kavanagh bequest. Funding is currently provided on an as needed basis through solidarity grants.
The Lujan Home for Girls relies on God's providence, meaning that the Sisters and girls trust in His Will to provide for their ongoing needs. Providing a safe, nurturing, and supportive environment comes with significant costs. The partnership with Caritas helps to provide resources as needed. Security and food are two of the largest expenses which Caritas supports. Malnutrition is a significant issue in Papua New Guinea, so the Home works to not only provide the girls with nutritionally balanced and varied diets, but also to teach the girls about nutrition and cooking so that they can bring these skills back to their families and communities when they leave the Home.
Conflict and unrest in the country means that security is extremely important. We have continued to provide grants to support COVID-19 preparations, and the ongoing education, teaching, transport, recreation, security, nutrition, and development of all the girls at Lujan. The goal of our partnership with Lujan is to continue to support the work of the Home to provide safety, dignity, and opportunity for at risk girls and young women in Papua New Guinea.
The Lujan Home partnership is important to Caritas because it aligns with Catholic Social Teaching principles (especially Solidarity, Human Dignity, and the Preferential Option for the Poor and Vulnerable), Gospel, and Laudato Si' goals. Girls' and women's rights are a focus area for Caritas. By protecting vulnerable women and girls, they are empowered to realise their full potential and lead lives of dignity in God's image.
|Sunday cooking at the Lujan Home|
If you would like to get involved with supporting work such as the Lujan Home for Girls, you can donate now via www.caritas.org.nz/donate