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!

Papua New Guinea Literacy Week 2015

We would like to start the 2015 PNG Literacy Week (8-12 September) by thanking our book donors - for what would our libraries be without books? A huge thank you to all our wonderful book donors who have taken time to collect, carry and pack books across Australia for PNG children to enjoy! A just as huge thank you to our shipper Seafast and Express Freight Management for getting the books to Papua New Guinea.

Thank you to:

Australian National Territory

Lifeline Canberra (our biggest donor), National Library of Australia, Turner Primary School, CSIRO, Double Helix Science Magazines, Ron's book shop, Nayni Grant Shamala, Kylie Maloney - Australian National University, Attorney General's Department, Catherine Chapman, Author, AJ & Les Explorateurs Scout Group, Glenis Thomas, Southern Cross Early Childhood School - Scullin, Hon. Julie Bishop -Foreign Minister of Australia, The Cartel - Bungendore, Kami Kaur, U3A Melanesia, Micronesia Poynesia Study Group


Steve and Leanne Eggins - Brisbane, Brisbane Urban Environmental Education Centre, People Connexion Recruitment in Brisbane & PNG


Sue Shuttleworth, Alison Lester - Author-Illustrator & BbP Patron, Oxford University Press, Wild Dog Books, Hardie Egmont Grant, Royal Children's Hospital - Cathy Gatt, Grace, Darcy & Clara - Mansfield Secondary College

New South Wales

Mummies Paying it Forward -, Micheal Liddy - Culburra, Emily, Eva, Maddie Kunce - St Ives Chase, Griffith Honours College - Samuel Wheeler


Hobart Book Shop -


Kindlers Society -

If you or your organisation has been collecting books for Buk bilong Pikinini in 2015 and that you are not on this list please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Feel free to also get in contact to hear how you can start a book drive.

Australian donors visit

BbP received a visit from high level Australia based donors at our library next to Evadahana Primary School on the 27th of August. Our guests enjoyed meeting our Teacher-librarians and watching the children in their morning literacy session.

Our guests included Harold Mitchell and Stephanie Copus-Campbell from the Harold Mitchell Foundation, Chairman of Oil Search Rick Lee and his wife Judy, also from Oil Seach Tim Siegenbeek van Heukelom, Annabel Dulhunty and Angus White from Mundango Abroad and Mel Keys from the Aspen Medical Foundation. First Lady and our Ambssador Lynda Babao-O'Neill was also there to meet our guests. Everyone received a great welcome from the children and the community.

Buk bilong Pikinini is grateful for all the support we receive from our donors in both PNG and Australia to help improve literacy rates and forster a love of reading and learning in Papua New Guinea.

Thank you so much to Vanessa Kerton-Smythe, MadNESS Photography for the amazing photos - see album: