Papua New Guinea
Caritas’ work in Papua New Guinea focuses on sustainable livelihoods, improving health, disaster preparedness and education.
Bitokara, Kimbe West New Britain
This project will address the need for a water supply system to serve five villages (approximately 3000 people), a health clinic, two schools and community facilities in the Bitokara area of West Britain. The need for a reliable water supply for the Bitokara area arises from issues around current water accessibility, the medical needs of its people and the need for safe and adequate water for its health clinic.
Other Ongoing Work
We have been walking alongside Tulele Peisa this year. Our hope is to establish a framework for the peaceful and sustainable migration of Carteret Islanders, from their atoll homelands to mainland Bougainville – one of the initial waves of climate migration in our region. Crucially, this will provide a permanent and sustainable land solution for 200 displaced Carteret Islanders (31 families). It will provide materials for constructing secure housing with toilets, solar lighting and a safe water supply for migrant families. Food security and new income opportunities will be created by establishing food forests and cocoa plantations, and providing equipment for adding value to these crops. The Activity will also help an estimated 6,000 Bougainvilleans in Tearouki and Wakunai to receive new climate migrants into their area – ensuring they are welcomed and integrated peacefully and harmoniously. All communities will receive training about strengthening community relations, WASH and DRR. Technical support in financial and project management will enhance the capacity of existing community-based organisations (CBOs) Tulele Peisa and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bougainville.
Gender Violence Awareness Programme in Enga Province
The Catholic Diocese of Wabag approached Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand to request support for a gender-based violence programme in Enga Province. The province is the scene of many tribal fights, domestic violence against women and particularly allegations of sorcery against women and children, who are then tortured and often killed. Training sessions to educate people about the inauthenticity of sorcery allegations have reduced this violence and and given people the courage to stand up against torture.
The programme has attracted strong support in the areas where training has been held. A local group formed during the sorcery awareness training was able to stop some men who were about to torture a woman for suspected sorcery. This is great progress as before the workshops people were afraid to approach this kind of situation.
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.