WHAT : The building of a school in a remote coastal village in Papua New Guinea. Construct classrooms and train new teachers to educate children from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
WHERE : Located on the tropical East coastline is Kilalum Village, Wide Bay, East Pomio, Papua New Guinea. The only way in and out of Kilalum village is by sea, many traveling via banana boat.
WHEN : Construction of permanent building works are planned to start March 2021. With plans to add year levels in increments as the school develops, train teachers, and fully complete the building of the school, development will be stretched out a number of years-
i) March 2021 Kindergarten to Grade 3
ii) 2[phone redacted] Grade 4-6
iii) 2[phone redacted] Year 7-10
iv) 2[phone redacted] Year 11-12
WHY : My father, as a little boy growing up in the village, has witnessed many hardships from his own parents and elders, the main one being education. His education was financed through my grandmother collecting empty soft-drink bottles along the streets of Rabaul; he was the fortunate one then. Other village members depend on their parents growing coconuts and cocoa to sell, so they can send their children to a school 6 hours away via boat. These families do not have an income and only live off the land, therefore building a school in the village will be a dream come true for many families.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS & ADDITIONAL NOTES
a. The Parents and Friends (P&F) Group are already working very hard to raise local funds and have commenced working bees to clear and manually cut down trees to level out some space for the school foundation.
b. Children have started enrolling and are currently under residential houses built from bush material.
c. Thank you to Rotary International Geelong who are in partnership to assist us with the International Customs Clearance, and use of their contacts overseas for the project.
d. Thank you to Assumption College Kilmore for the donation of clothing and equipment.
e. Donations are 100% tax deductible.
f. Target areas for the funding allocations will include the following-
1. Funds raised will be used to build the school in stages
2. Training of new teachers
3. Building of a permanent structure
4. Building of permanent toilets with plumbing
5. Solar Power
6. Extensions of building to cater for growth of enrollment population
7. Additional Capital Works.
8. Funds raised will go towards the transport of school supplies donated by Assumption College Kilmore.
Any contribution is greatly appreciated!
Many thanks from the Katal family and relatives, Kilalum Village and surrounds.
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