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BbP presents to Heads of Mission spouses in Canberra

At the invitation of Mrs. Kathrine Lepani, wife of the Papua New Guinea High Commissioner H.E. Charles Lepani, around 30 Heads of Mission spouses attended a morning tea and a screening of the new BbP documentary Literacy: the Buk bilong Pikinini Way by Tania Nugent.

Mrs. Lepani (pictured below right middle) introduced the group of spouses to Elizabeth Omeri, Luke Ebbs (pictured above left) - from BbP's Head Office - and Anne-Sophie, who did a short presentation about BbP's work. 

The occasion was also used to present a gift of a framed picture of H.E. Marcel Stutz Ambassador of Switzerland to Australia (pictured below left and right) to Mrs. Esther Stutz to express our gratitude to the Swiss Embassy in Canberra for their support for Buk bilong Pikinini. The Swiss Embassy has donated $50,000 to Buk bilong Pikinini which has paid for a library building on Tatana Island in Port Moresby. H.E. Marcel Stutz visited the new library in September in Papua New Guinea and also took the time to read with the children.

Buk bilong Pikinini wishes to thank Mrs. Lepani for her great support and the opportunity to present our work to the Canberra diplomatic community.

 

Riley and the Dancing Lion goes to Papua New Guinea

Buk bilong Pikinini would like to thank Canberra based children's books author Tania McCartney for the donation of copies of her beautiful Riley and the Dancing Dragon book as well as a big box of lovely books by other authors. Tania has written many beautiful children's books and a whole series of Riley books which allow the children to travel and discover other cultures. When the book was read aloud on International Children's Day - the kids could not get close enough to see all the exciting pictures. Tania is also the founder of the fantastic Kids Book Review http://www.kids-bookreview.com/. Buk bilong Pikinini is very keen to introduce the BbP library children to books from as many cultures as possible - this book certainly did the trick!

BbP receives a grant from the Fred Archer Charitable Trust

Buk bilong Pikinini is proud to announce that we have received a grant of $ 35,000 through the Fred Archer Charitable Trust with The Trust Company as trustee. 

Simon Lewis, Head of Philanthropy and Community at The Trust Company, who travelled to PNG this year to visit a library said: “The Fred P. Archer Charitable Trust primarily supports education initiatives in PNG and Australia.  Fred P. Archer was based in PNG for over 50 years and supported many education programs and scholarships during his lifetime. The Buk bilong Pikinini library project has achieved significant momentum since its inception in 2007. 13 libraries built to date help provide for the early educational needs of many disadvantaged PNG kids, and there is insatiable demand for additional services. We are providing some capacity support to BbP for their office in Canberra to help the Board and Management of BbP support this next phase of growth and widen its funding base in Australia”.


We are now looking forward to be able to grow our Canberra Office and to create new opportunities in Australia for Buk bilong Pikinini. This grant has come at a crucial time and will be highly beneficial for the organisation in continuing to establish libraries in PNG while remaining financially sustainable. Buk bilong Pikinini is grateful to the Fred Archer Charitable Trust for this support.

 

 

Canberra gathers for the Launch of our new Documentary

Nearly 200 people helped Buk bilong Pikinini celebrate the launch of our new documentary "Literacy: The Buk bilong Pikinini Way" by Tania Nugent. BbP held both a lunch time event and an evening event and donors, partners, friends, patrons and members of the community made the events very successful.

A lovely group of PNG community volunteers (pictured above left) with Elizabeth Omeri and Luke Ebbs (who had both travelled down from our Head Office) helped to prepare for the event and look after our special guests. BbP Patron Bart Philomen had travelled all the way from Lae to be there alongside fellow Patron Drusilla Modjeska who came from Sydney and Parton H.E. Charles Lepani who kindly hosted everyone at the PNG High Commission's Haus Kamasan.

Pictured above left right James Batley (dfat) and Hon. Jane Prentice and husband Ian alongside Canberra community members. Pictured below right are parents and staff from the Canberra Grammar Northside school with young William Medwin who also featured in the documentary. Pictured below right is BbP Patron Bart Philomen, Anne-Sophie Hermann, donor Harold Mitchell and Harold Mitchell Foundation Executive Officer Stephanie Copus Campbell. See our photo album on Facebook