Stella Magazine

Buk bilong Pikinini will be looking forward to be celebrating the first birthday of the beautiful Stella magazine edited by Amanda Donigi. The celebrations will take place at the POM Nature Park (former botanic gardens) on Saturday the 10th of August and Buk bilong Pikinini will have a stall on the day where children can read books, paint and enjoy themselves. 

Stella is a thinking woman's magazine from Papua New Guinea for the Pacific. The magazine celebrates the indigenous voice of Pacific Islanders covering fashion, health, travel, arts, and life across our region. Following publishing trends from across the globe, Stella shares uplifting stories from our Pacific sisters and brothers across the region in all walks of life. Stella aims to challenge the stereotypes and share good ideas.

This modern magazine is an exciting platform for the creative talents of the Pacific region, by the people, for the people. Stella will feature a story about Buk bilong Pikinini through the voices of two of our beautiful and talented employees in the August birthday issue.

Stella is the Star of the Pacific. Click here to purchase a copy of this amazing magazine!


A most inspiring donation

Children's book author Hellen Tanner has just donated 1000 copies of her new book Oscar goes to the Moon to BbP. The book is a wonderful and inspirational story of "a bunny who wanted to go places" - Oscar builds a rocket ship to go and visit the rabbit on the moon. Hellen Tanner, who lives in Hawthorn - Victoria, with her husband, two daughters, two guinea pigs, and three birds - has both written and illustrated this beautiful book. Hellen Tanner said "I am very happy to donate copies of my book to such a good cause. This is my first published book. I like to write uplifting stories for children, and I love drawing. I work at an after school service with primary school children." The book is available for purchase through the very popular Melbourne book shop Readings.

Buk bilong Pikinini is very grateful to Helen Tanner for such a generous donation. The book is also in the perfect age category for BbP children and very much suits our mission statement, which aims to foster a love of reading and learning and also hopes to help children raise their aspirations in life and believe that they can achieve anything that they set their minds to.


Ground breaking ceremony at Tatana Island, Port Moresby.

Buk bilong Pikinini celebrated a ground breaking ceremony with the Tatana Island community and donors on Thursday the 4th of July 2013. Joanne Grenenger (Executive Officer, BbP) together with community leaders and members, donors and children were excited to dig the first hole for the new Buk bilong Pikinini library.

The BbP library will be built over the next couple of weeks on Tatana Araira United Church land above the Tatana Island village. The Tatana Island community have been anticipating the arrival of a Buk bilong Pikinini library, which will help the community with access to learning opportunities and much needed high quality literacy materials.

The library building is sponsored by the Embassy of Switzerland in Australia and Stop nShop/CPL group will be providing funding for running costs. Land has been made available by the Tatana Araira United Church (pictured below right).

This is what Maru Korahi had to say on behalf of the community leaders: " It is a privilege and an honor to have a Buk bilong Pikinini library in our community. The church saw the need for their children to have such an important educational asset that they have provided land to build the library. This is the first time such an important asset has been established in Tatana Village. The whole community wishes to thank the generous donors from Switzerland, SnS-CPL group and community leaders Bobby Tau, Heni Madaha, Rev. Siosi Momoru and Rev. Tamasi Eau for making this library a reality, which will benefit all children in our community.”

Dr Stefan Kloetzli, 
Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Switzerland in Australia said:

Fostering education and promoting literacy is one of the priorities of Swiss Development Cooperation worldwide. The Embassy of Switzerland is therefore delighted to support a project for the construction of a Buk bilong Pikinini library on Tatana Island, which will allow access to books for children of PNG and hopefully awaken their pleasure for reading. We are very pleased to realise this project together with Buk bilong Pikinini, an experienced and well-established organisation in this regard.”

Mike Taylor, General Manager Stop n Shop Supermarkets, CPL Group of companies – who has been highly instrumental in communicating the needs of the community to Buk bilong Pikinini said: “Stop n Shop is so delighted to be able to assist with some of the educational needs of the children of Tatana and surrounding areas. The chance to learn how to read and write gives them a wonderful opportunity as they grow and up in their community.  

Books from The Department of Treasury

Despite busy times in Canberra The Department of Treasury has again conducted a book drive to support Buk bilong Pikinini. The book drive was conducted by Kanwaljit Kaur pictured above left and assisted by members of the facilities team - Jenny Nicholls (pictured above right). The book drive has provided Buk bilong Pikinini with 16 boxes of fantastic books and educational toys in the 0-6 age group and BbP is very grateful to Treasury for this tremendous support.

In order to get the books to the PNG High Commission store room BbP had the assistance of Jasleen Kaur and Yasmin Moraitis who helped to carry and quality check the books. Thank you Treasury!