Hon. Julie Bishop launches books at BbP Library

On the 18th of December 2014, Australia's Foreign Minister - Hon. Julie Bishop - visited Buk bilong Pikinini's second library in Goroka to launch books.

The books entitled "Maria's family saves their Kina" and "Maria's family goes to Market written in both Tok Pisin and English and have been written to help improve women's basic literacy. More than 4400 of these books will be donated to schools and community groups through the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research ACIAR.

It was also an opportunity for the Minister to see the children in action and meet Buk bilong Pikinini staff and children. Isabel Michell, the niece of Hon. Julie Bishop has been volunteering for BbP at the Goroka library and was delighted to introduce everyone to the minister.

The Australian Foreign Minister was accompanied by a large delegation of Australian Parliamentarians, the Australian High Commissioner and Governor Soso of Goroka.

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HeliScope becomes a flying sponsor of BbP

Buk bilong Pikinini is grateful to HeliScope PNG for signing an agreement with us to deliver books across Papua New Guinea. We will now be able to get new books and literacy materials out to our regional libraries which has so far been quite a challenge.

This agreement, which was signed last week by Giles Rooney (pictured above left), CEO of HeliScope, will also enable Buk bilong Pikinini to do book donations to remote communities which we would not normally be able to reach. One such lucky community is at Malalaua close to Kerema in Gulf Province, where HeliScope is currently working to assist with the construction of telecommunications towers. Gulf province has some of the highest illiteracy levels in PNG and both the local pre-school and primary school will receive boxes of books which will be a much needed boost for the children's learning.

CEO Giles Rooney said: "We are very happy to be supporting Buk Bilong Pikinini. These boxes of books travel a long way and pass through a lot of hands before they reach the schools, we are very fortunate to be at the end of the line and see the children receive them. Its a very rewarding and worthwhile cause."

HeliScope PNG specialises in low-level aerial work, heavy lift operations, telecommunications tower construction, seismic support services, oil and gas exploration, mining and surveying support, aeromedical search and rescue, passenger transport and VIP Charter.

Buk bilong Pikinini would like to sincerely thank HeliScope PNG for signing on as a Silver Sponsor.



An Evening of Italian Opera and Song

A lovely event was hosted by HE Pier Francesco Zazo, Ambassador of Italy to Australia and his wife Mrs Svetlana Sharapa Zazo for the benefit of Buk bilong Pikinini. Karen Fitz-Gibbon (Soprano), Christina Wilson (Mezzosoprano), Christopher Lincon Bogg (Tenor) and Pianist Alan Hicks (all pictured above left) provided a beautiful mix of opera and songs which greatly impressed the invited guests.

More than 115 people from the Canberra community attended the event including HE Charles Lepani, PNG High Commissioner to Australia and his wife Katherine Lepani, HE Annemieke Ruigrok Ambassador of the Netherlands to Australia and Deputy Ambassador of Switzerland to Australia Stefan Kloetzli and his wife Claudine. The Swiss Embassy in Canberra have sponsored our library building at Tatana Island and remain very supportive. The event was greatly enjoyed by all and raised much-needed funding for Buk bilong Pikinini.

The next event will be in Melbourne at the Wheeler Centre for a morning tea and will be for the benefit of Buk bilong Pikinini's book production. Contact the Canberra Office for more information about this.

EFM and Seafast reach Platinum level sponsorship

An event at Buk bilong Pikinini’s Lawes Road Library in Port Moresby will today celebrate the support the organization has received from a partnership between EFM, Seafast and Buk bilong Pikinini since 2008. Buk bilong Pikinini estimates that more than 300,000 books have been shipped free of charge to Papua New Guinea thanks to this collaboration.

The service donated to Buk bilong Pikinini by Seafast includes pick-up of donated high quality books from publishing houses and book donors across Australia, the provision of 4 storage depots and the shipping of books to Papua New Guinea. Once the books have arrived at port in Port Moresby, Express Freight Management organizes the customs clearance and handling and delivers the books to Buk bilong Pikinini’s storage facility located with Hastings Deering. Without this truly amazing collaborative effort by EFM and Seafast, Buk bilong Pikinini would never have been able to stock each of its now 16 libraries with more than 3000 high quality children’s books and also be able to donate books to schools and communities across PNG.

Hellen White, Manager of EFM, (pictured above right) has had long-term involvement with Buk bilong Pikinini and was instrumental in establishing this service said: “When I first heard of the work of Buk bilong Pikinini and realized that there was no knowledge in the organisation on freight forwarding and customs clearance, I approached EFM Managing Director, Bob Howden, to see if we could make BbP our cause. To have seen the joy on the faces of thechildren when they read and to know that this will give disadvantaged children a better start has been a remarkable reward for our efforts. I have been privileged to serve on the board of directors, to be a member of the 'Friends' group and to organise a number of successful fundraisers. I hope the Buk bilong Pikinini continues its remarkable work.”

Anne-Sophie Hermann – Founder said: “Buk bilong Pikinini is grateful to the great people at Seafast and Express Freight Management for allowing us to provide valuable learning opportunities to the most vulnerable children living in marginalized communities across PNG.

We are looking forward to be able to assist more regions of Papua New Guinea with high quality literacy materials to ensure children will have the opportunity to be come literate and enjoy reading throughout their life.

Buk bilong Pikinini is able to operate successfully thanks to financial donations and tailor-made in-kind services from all our generous corporate supporters.”