Natural Resource Assessments supports BbP with a Head Librarian

Ok Tedi Mining Ltd, PNG - Rehabilitation Research, Strategy Development  and Closure Planning, Ethnobotanic Field Guide

Buk bilong Pikinini is grateful to Natural Resource Assessments (NRA) for their ongoing sponsorship of BbP library teachers. The NRA sponsored an Assistant Librarian in 2012 and has just upgraded their support to sponsor a Head Librarian for 2013-2014.

Since 2008, NRA has been engaged on a long-term contract to facilitate decommissioning of multiple sites for Ok Tedi Mining Ltd Papua New Guinea (OTML).

Buk bilong Pikinini is looking forward to one day being able to establish libraries in Western Province!


Teddy Bears Picnic a great success

A Teddy Bears Picnic was held on Sunday the 28th of July as part of BbP's fundraising initiatives. The event was organised by the BbP Friends group of volunteers and was a great success with all the local children and families who attended.

The children won prizes for best dressed Teddy Bear, best decorated picnic basket, enjoyed the jumping castle, face painting, games and entertainment provided by the children from all Port Moresby libraries. The children sang and danced accompanied by 9 Mile teacher Sandy Kauk and Richard Masi of Melanesian Vibes Sound Studio.

The event made 17,000 Kina and Buk bilong Pikinini is grateful for the tremendous effort provided by the Friends group to make this Teddy Bears Picnic such a memorable event. Thank you to Katherine Curtis, Mindy Musaeus & Nils Musaeus, Tracy Beatty, Cecille Chuacuco, Lyn Parker, Jenny Mendoza, Jane Baird, Katherine McInnes and Brendan McInnes.

Buk bilong Pikinini also wishes to thank Blake Selmes, the magician, who did an amazing magic show, thank you to Mr Tidman Ikosi, Mr Robin Bradshaw, Mr Andrew Pate, Ms Jeanette Kaizer & Ms Natasha Beaumont – for writing & performing the PNG pantomime version of Goldilocks & the Three Bears –Dreadlocks & the Three Cuscus) and Ela Murray International School Year 7/8 Charity Committee & staff – who worked tirelessly all day in the canteen providing refreshments, the Rugby Union players who came to play a fun match with the children and Francis Yemen and his band for playing lovely music for everyone to enjoy.

Buk bilong Pikinini wishes to thank the following donors for their support of our Teddy Bears Picnic; BOC, Theodist, PNG LNG, Gala ice cream, Milo Nestlé, Papua New Guinea Rugby Union, Australian High Commission, TEMIS, SVS, Bismark Maritime, EMS Builders & Contractors, Pure Water,The Funeral Home and Waigani Bulk Traders.



Drusilla Modjeska becomes a BbP patron

Acclaimed author, Drusilla Modjeska, has accepted an invitation from Buk bilong Pikinin to become a Patron of the organisation. Drusilla has written a large number of books and her latest book the Mountain - with a story set in Papua New Guinea - was shortlisted for the prestigious 2013 Miles Franklin Awards.

Drusilla has been highly supportive of BbP since her visit to a library in 2012 and will be working further with BbP to help to inspire Papua New Guineans to write for children. There are currently less than a handful children's books authors in PNG and BbP would like nothing more than stock our shelves with books written and illustrated by Papua New Guineans.

This is what Drusilla said: 'I am honoured and delighted to become a Patron of BbP. When visiting two of the libraries last year, I was deeply moved both by the enthusiasm of the children and the dedication of the teacher-librarians.  With literacy so essential to development and equality, it is inspiring to witness the flourishing of BbP, and to be associated with an organisation that brings books  - and all that books enable - to the children of PNG.'

Buk bilong Pikinini seeks to create a network of support in both Papua New Guinea and Australia and it is wonderful to be able to add Drusilla to our very supportive group of patrons.

Buk bilong Pikinini, World Vision and the 9 Mile Community opens library in partnership

The official opening for the library near the Makana/Morobe 9 Mile Community settlement was popular with the community when ribbons were officially cut on the 17th of July 2013. The event was a great celebration and was attended by Mr. Mara Wape - Superintendent for Elementary Teacher Training from the Department of Education, Curt von Boguslawski (pictured above left) - World Vision PNG Country Director, Simon Cholai - Vision 2050 Office Director and team, BbP staff including Mary Amua, Jules Taria, Elizabeth Omeri and Luke Ebbs (pictured below left) who manage this project, BbP board member Hellen White (pictures below right), donors, former Australian High Commissioner to PNG Chris Moraitis, media and 300 members from the community.

The children have been enjoying the library for a few weeks now and are greatly enjoying their time in the library. They came dressed in their best and gave a nice performance for the invited guests.

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