Community

PJV launches pilot hand wash program for Porgera schools

The awareness which uses soap as a key approach to disease prevention is targeted toward school-aged children who are the most vulnerable to disease outbreaks in the communities.

PJV’s Community Development Section (CDS) under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Department facilitated the first hand washing program at the Kairik Primary and Porgera Station Elementary Schools on 26 and 27 October.

Youths take fresh approach in staging Gospel concert

A group of youths are bringing a fresh approach to reaching other youths in communities.

Judah Memafu and a few others have decided to ride on the changing trend in gospel music to capture the interest of the other majority.

They will be staging a two night concert which begins tonight, capturing a diverse line-up including songs, dances, skits as well as a beatbox performance by one of the Yu Em Khax winning duo.

The gospel oriented concert is the initial inaugural project which Memafu says is a community youth initiative.

School using fresh food to change lives

Sunset State School in Mount Isa offers students breakfast, morning tea, and lunch free of charge — something teachers say is helping the entire community.

"It's available to everyone that comes here — any families, any children, any background," said principal Bryon Burke.

"We believe it's highly beneficial for our school and our kids, and certainly that's what the data is telling us."

Attendance rates improve

The index of community socio-educational advantage (ICSEA) ranks schools according to their level of educational advantage.

Project to help workplaces fight TB

Members of the Australia-PNG Business Community, with support from the Australian Government and World Vision, launched the Businesses for Health: Tuberculosis or B4H:TB Project in Port Moresby.

Businesses 4Health: TB Project seeks support for the National Department of Health’s efforts to end the TB epidemic and reduce the high rates of drug resistant TB, particularly in the National Capital District (NCD). Around 20 percent (more than 6000 of the nearly 30,000) new TB infections in PNG were detected in NCD in 2015.

People’s love for rugby is beyond expectation

When there is no proper seats, no proper fencing and field boundaries but the people’s love for the footy goes beyond expectation.

Today, hundreds of people surrounded the Sogeri Rugby League field to witness the A grade Grand final match of the Eda Ranu Koiari Rugby League competition.

Surrounding villagers as far as from the inland Kokoda and the Owen stanley range walked to the station to watch and support their local village teams.

Families and relatives including fans cheer, support and danced with pride and enthusiasm around the field.

NCDC carries out awareness at Nine-Mile

The program was to create dialogue about social issues faced by people in the area.

This follows an invitation to  officers from the Gender Desk to carry out awareness in the area.

The invitation was further extended to other divisions and sections of NCDC to form a group and do community education awareness to the people of Nine-Mile.

NCDC Gender Officer Kay Kaugla says  more  than 5,000 people live in this area they were in need of  more information and awareness  according to the leaders of the Morobe Community.