Empowering women and girls through skill training

Women and girls on Kiriwina Island, Milne Bay Province are undergoing skill training provided by charity organisation Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate.

Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate has 32 sisters working in different parts of PNG in the areas of health, education and skills training.

The training includes sewing, hygiene, nutrition, spiritual and human formation which takes place in two different communities in Wapipi and Liluta.

Kiriwina Island has a high school and six primary schools but unfortunately a very high number of young people drop out of school or without any formal education.

Sr. Bridgit Suvakeen says many women never went to school, while others abandoned the school after one or two years.

She said obviously the girls are those who pay the highest price of this social, economic and cultural situation.

The organisation recently received K5,000 from the India Association of PNG to assist with resources for the training.

Sr. Bridgit said they’ll use the funds to buy sewing machines, materials, cooking utensils and food supply.

The sisters are also engaged in adult literacy and they need to buy stationary items.

She said the generous donation will help to get these materials for the women in Wapipi.

Sr. Bridgit added that they’re grateful for the contribution which will help them continue their missions to help the poorest of the poor in the remote Islands, where no one else dare to serve and there’s less government services. 

Quintina Naime