Rugby League stars become our Ambassadors

Buk bilong Pikinini is grateful to have the support of our two new role model Youth Ambassadors Justin Olam & Aase Boas, from the SP Hunters Rugby League Team to inspire PNG children to read. BbP received great support from the players, team and management during Literacy Week for our events and TV ad.

BbP presented the SP Hunters with framed certificates as a gesture of our appreciation and were lucky to receive a signed jersey in return. We will have the jersey framed and will be auctioning it off at our 10th anniversary celebration fundraiser on the 8th of April 2017.

If you have not yet seen our TV ad featuring stars Justin and Aase have a look here: - they did a fantastic job!

Justin Olam will be playing for the Melbourne Storm for the next couple of years but will still be involved when he is home playing for PNG. 

Thank you SP Hunters!



Tari community library opened with the Oil Search Foundation



Buk bilong Pikinini (BbP) celebrated the opening of a library at the Kuluanda Primary School in Tari, Hela Province, on Tuesday the 25th of October 2016.


This library is the result of a partnership between the Oil Search Foundation , the Hela Pronvincial Administration, the Catholic Diocese and BbP. This library opening will be the eighteenth for BbP and is part of the organisations new Buk bilong Komuniti Program, which seeks to re-establish school libraries and to train community educators and teachers to run independent community based libraries. 

The establishment of the Kuluanda Primary school library has been made possible a long term partnership with the Oil Search Foundation, which has a strong commitment to address illiteracy in Gulf, Southern Highlands and Hela - where literacy levels are among the lowest in the country. For this particular library, the land has  been generously donated by the Kuluanda Primary School and the Tari District Administration. Buk bilong Pikinini is grateful to Oil Search MD, and Chair of the Oil Search Foundation Peter Botten for his tremendous holistic support for the largely illiterate communities surrounding the operations of the company. 

Peter Botten, Managing Director Oil Search and Chair of Oil Search Foundation, said: 

“Today, we are delighted to open our literacy library, in partnership with the Catholic Diocese of Mendi, the Hela Education department and Buk bilong Pikinini. This marks the launch of our first major project under our new leadership and education program.

When we considered where to focus this program, we started by asking communities to tell us their priorities. Consistently, improving literacy was at the top of the list.”

The library opening was celebrated by the whole community and included a delegation from the Australian Parliament including Hon. Senator Penny Wong, BbP's Ambassador Lynda Babao O'Neill, the Provincial Administration, the Catholic Diocese, Save the Children staff, representatives from the Department of Education and the Oil Search Foundation team.  


Literacy Week Book Launch

BbP will launch young PNG Author Iriani Wanma’s Crocodile award winning story  “Oa the Grasshopper and Kaipa the Caterpillar” illustrated by the late Marlon Kuelinad. The reading will be introduced by BbP’s Ambassador Mrs. Lynda Babao-O’Neill.

Saturday 3rd of September at 11am

Buk bilong Pikinini is also keen to ensure that more high quality books with 100% PNG content is published, so the children can relate to the books they are given to read. The organisation has published two books under the PNG Reader Program, which are available for sale at Theodist. BbP is currently working on a number of new titles with PNG authors and illustrators, which are available for partners to sponsor.


Literacy Week Book Fair


Buk bilong Pikinini will be kick-starting Literacy Week with a huge Book Fair to be held at Murray Barracks on the 3 and 4th of September. BbP will be selling excess stock  at cheap prices to encourage parents and children to read together at home. The event is organised as an educational family fun day!

Saturday 3rd of September from 9-4pm

Sunday 4th of September from 10-2pm