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10th Anniversary fundraising celebration 

2017 is a milestone year for Buk bilong Pikinini and we will be celebrating our 10th anniversary on the 8th of April with a big “Back to School” party.

The “Back to School” party will be a celebration of the organisations' achievements over the past 10 years and will include a screening of our new documentary entitled “Turning the page: Illiteracy in Papua New Guinea” by Tania Nugent. The documentary will be introduced by Peter Botten, CEO of Oil Search, who has sponsored the documentary and also supports the creation of libraries through the Oil Search Foundation.

The tickets will be sold for K500 per person and K5000 for a table and will go towards ensuring that Buk bilong Pikinini can continue to provide life-changing programs for the children of Papua New Guinea in the future.  We aim to raise 500,000 Kina to support the expansion and maintenance of our libraries and programs across Papua New Guinea. We wish to continue to provide PNG children with an opportunity to have the best possible start to their education journey - wherever they might live in PNG.

The celebration will be held at the Gateways Hotel, courtesy of Steamships Ltd. which has supported Buk bilong Pikinini with libraries in Port Moresby, Lae and Goroka since 2009. 

The evening will include a 3 course meal, beverages, lots of gifts and prizes, auction and entertainment. It will be a trip down memory lane with fun and games. BbP is looking forward to spending an enjoyable evening with partners and friends.

The Dress Code is Tropical Formal but please do hesitate to bring your pencil case, reading glasses, school uniform and of course an apple for the teacher ...

To book your tickets please contact: Elizabeth Omeri, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 7663 0683 or 320 0625

 

 

Thanking our donors

 

Buk bilong Pikinini held an event with Gadens to thank them for the legal support shown over the last five (5) years. Gadens Sydney office has also contributed with legal advice and book drives.  

The event was held at the Gadens Port Moresby office by invitation of Managing Partner Stephen Massa. BbP presented Gadens with a Certificate of Appreciation and gave a presentation to all Gadens staff about our progress and achievements. BbP regularly holds events with donors to keep them up to date with the children's progress, new programs and initiatives and are always keen to involve our donor's staff in our activities.

We are grateful for all the support we receive from our donors and sponsors in both PNG and Australia.

Celebrating the 8th anniversary of our first library

The first Buk bilong Pikinini (BbP) library was established on the 8th of April 2008 and is located at the children’s Tuberculosis, Malnutrition and HIV/AIDS ward at Port Moresby General Hospital. To celebrate this anniversary, Buk bilong Pikinini held a small event on the 8 of April 2016 with our Ambassador Lynda Babao-O'Neill and hospital staff. The library which caters for critically ill children has been instrumental in helping the children with their rehabilitation thanks to BbP's special needs program and caring Teacher-librarian Nara Keti. 

BbP staff also took the occasion to donate to donate more than 1000 books to the other children’s wards and new toys to the hospital library.

This library has been generously sponsored by Airways Hotel and Apartments since its opening.

BbP partners with Oil Search

Buk bilong Pikinini has entered into a formal partnership with Oil Search to deliver Early Childhood Development and Literacy programs in Hela and Gulf Provinces through the establishment of two libraries in Tari and Kikori. This partnership is through BbP's new program called Buk bilong Komuniti which aims at reaching more rural and remote areas of Papua New Guinea where very few children have access to valuable learning opportunities and where illiteracy levels are alarmingly high.

The Oil Search Foundation has expanded their focus from Health to include Leadership, Education and Women's Protection and Empowerment. The Foundation's CEO, Kymberley Kepore (pictured above right) said: "when we considered where to focus our new education program we started by asking communities to tell us their priorities and in every case improving literacy was at the top of the list. This is not surprising because literacy is the cornerstone of every single aspect of well-being and prosperity. It represents Oil Search's focus on helping PNG to develop the next generation of leaders, which must start in early childhood."  

The first library will be established at the Kuluanda Primary School at the Kopari Catholic Mission near Tari in Hela province. The library will be opened in September 2016 and another library will be established in Kikori in 2017. Buk bilong Pikinini will also be making book donations to all surrounding schools through our Buk bilong Komuniti Program.