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.

Special visits from Canberra

Buk bilong Pikinini has been lucky to receive visits from Hon. Steve Ciobo, Minister for International Development and the Pacific on the 9th of October and Hon. Bill Shorten, Labour Leader, Tanya Plibersek, Deputy Leader and Hon. Richard Marles, Shadow Minister for Immigration on the 2 of November. The visit took place at our 6 Mile library and the children were only too eager to show off their reading skills.


ExxonMobil supports literacy week in all BbP libraries

This week for National Literacy Day, across Port Moresby, children at Buk bilong Pikinini were able to have a special celebration thanks to the support provided by ExxonMobil PNG (EMPNG).  

EMPNG volunteers were invited to spend time in our libraries to play games and read with children. ExxonMobil  donated Kina 30,000 to provide each child with a BbP pencil case brimming with stationary.  

EMPNG volunteers were present at a number of Buk bilong Pikinini libraries including Koki, 6 Mile and Hohola, which caters for hearing impaired children.  EMPNG volunteer, Victor Tau said; "Reading is one of the most important ingredients in helping young children learn and develop. I feel so proud to be a part of that, having spent an amazing time with the children today."

Children coming to Buk bilong Pikinini libraries are able to borrow books but are not able to take literacy materials home to continue their learning so this donation is a very special gift to all enrolled children.

ExxonMobil volunteers have also assisted BbP with book sorting on a number occasions which is always great fun for all involved. ExxonMobil has provided funding for BbP's library at Koki Markets since 2011.

We are very grateful for your support!

BbP AGM and Board of Directors 2015

Buk bilong Pikinini held its second AGM at the lovely Paddy's Hotel on Tuesday the 25th 2015. The Association elected 9 Directors to the BbP Board of Directors for a period of 2 years.

Pictured to the left from left: BbP Executive Officer Lucinda Kisip, and elected board directors Stephen Massa, Office Managing Partner Gadens Lawyers, Steven Winduo, Senior Lecturer UPNG, Anne-Sophie Hermann, Founder BbP, Allyson Young, Manager Select PNG, Peter Simbakua, Assistant Secretary Department of Community Development, Julie Fraser, Head of Marketing and PR BSP, Mary-Ann Hill, Group legal Council Steamships (proxy for David Toua GM Corporate Affairs Steamships), Vanessa Kerton, madNess Photography and (not in the photograph) Dr. Eliakim Apelis, Deputy Secretary Curriculum Department of Education and Julie Hartshorn, Senior Manager Sinton and Spence Chartered Accountants.

Congratulations to all new BbP Directors!