Our Libraries

Port Moresby General Hospital

Beginnings:
The 8th of April 2008 marked the establishment of the first Buk bilong Pikinini library at the Port Moresby General Hospital. The site was chosen to keep in line with one of our main objectives; to help the most vulnerable in society – seriously ill children. The library is situated in the Children’s HIV/AIDS, Malnutrition and Tuberculosis ward. The establishment of this, our first library, was the culmination of a year of fundraising as Buk bilong Bilong Pikinini which makes us especially proud. We have just celebrated our 16th birthday at this, our very first library – please see our Facebook page for details and photographs from this proud occasion.

Scope of learning:
The children in this ward are often required to be hospitalised for up to 9 months sometimes and therefore miss out on school and other social activities. Having a Buk bilong Pikinini library close at hand fills this gap for them and delivers the educational stimulation that they require.
The Buk bilong Pikinini special needs literacy-based learning programme is adapted at the hospital library to accommodate those children who are not yet strong enough to handle all the learning activities. The teacher’s approach is very gentle and caring to make the children feel comfortable with their unconventional learning environment. The programme is conducted simultaneously in all libraries and incorporates letter and number recognition, phonics, craft activities, singing and structured play. Books are read out aloud to the children followed by craft and writing activities that relate to the Buk bilong Pikinini letter of the week, number of the week and 'awareness' of the week.

Impact on the community:
The feedback from the hospital staff (doctors and nurses) has been overwhelmingly positive. The library has completely changed the energy and atmosphere in the ward.
Dr John Vince:
“..children would cry out of despair and boredom as they had nothing to do during the long hours and months of their hospitalisation….now the children can hardly wait for the doctors and nurses to finish their morning round so that they can run to the library for their daily activities… the library creates a real focus and structure in the children's daily lives at the ward which is highly instrumental in supporting their rehabilitation ".

Our sponsors:
The PMGH library is sponsored by Airways Hotel and Apartments, which is also one of our important Founder Sponsors of Buk bilong Pikinini, having assisted with the establishment of our library at the Special Education and Resource Centre at Hohola and now funds the hospital library as well as having fully funded our library at Six Mile.
Our precious children and teacher-librarian:

 

Evadahana (Makana/Morobe)

Beginnings:

Buk bilong Pikinini officially opened a library in partnership with World Vision and the Makana/Morobe 9 Mile community on the 17th of July 2013. The library is located at the Evadahana Primary School just outside Port Moresby.
This BbP library is the first to be officially opened, in a series of 4 for World Vision, inside Port Moresby community settlements. Buk bilong Pikinini has enrolled 150 children and Head librarian Kevren and his assistant Grace have already been busy teaching the children for a few weeks. This library is currently the largest in Port Moresby and will serve the enrolled community children during school hours and will provide a service of book loans and homework assistance to the school children after school.

Scope of learning:
The library will be a much needed boost to the vulnerable community at 9 Mile and a welcome source of high quality literacy materials for the the Evadahana Primary School. Buk bilong Pikinini's Early Childhood Learning programme will also put the children in a great position to prepare themselves for school and should also substantially increase their subsequent academic performance. The BbP Awareness programme will greatly benefit the community as a whole, by empowering the children to pass on vital health messages to their friends and family.

Our sponsors:
This library is sponsored by World Vision.
Reverend Tim Costello, CEO of World Vision Australia, visited two of the Port Moresby Community Children's Education project sites on Saturday the 13th of April. Rev. Costello, who has seen hundreds of similar projects across the world, said that "this project was particularly inspiring because of the high-level of community ownership over the management of the project."
The World Vision library project is managed by Mary Amua, Jules Taria and Luke Ebbs of Buk bilong Pikinini in close consultation with the community and World Vision.
www.wvi.org/papua-new-guinea

Our precious children and teacher-librarians:

 

Reverend Tim Costello, CEO of World Vision Australia, (pictured above left) visited two of the Port Moresby Community Children's Education project sites on Saturday the 13th of April. Rev. Costello, who has seen hundreds of similar projects across the world, said that "this project was particularly inspiring because of the high-level of community ownership over the management of the project."

The World Vision library project is managed by Mary Amua, Jules Taria and Luke Ebbs of Buk bilong Pikinini in close consultation with the community and World Vision.

Click here to see the media coverage of the opening.

 

This library is sponsored by World Vision.

 http://wvi.org/papua-new-guinea

Tatana - a library with a view

 

 

 

 

Beginnings:

The library at the small fishing village of Tatana island marked ground-breaking work by BbP. The local school had been closed for a few years after the teacher left and the children were being taught by parents in the community hall – bearing in mind that 95% of the adults on Tatana island are unemployed. The need was dire and we were fortunate to have the land for the library donated to us by the Tatana Araira United Church.
On Friday, 9 May 2014, Buk bilong Pikinini opened a library with sponsorship from across the globe. This library marked the 15th library opening in Papua New Guinea and was officially opened by the Australian Foreign Minister Hon. Julie Bishop, Mahesh Patel of CPL and Community leaders.
The library at Tatana Island sits on a beautiful hilltop with a view across the sea and is a traditional Port Moresby fishing village.
Hon. Julie Bishop, Foreign Minister of Australia said: “Today I am delighted to open a library near Port Moresby that, with Australia’s support, will help to improve children’s literacy and boost life opportunities in PNG.The Buk bilong Pikinini – Books for Children – libraries provide age-appropriate reading material to children and their parents, and offer early childhood development and literacy programs, including for the parents of children attending. More than any other skill, reading gives people the ability to learn, participate in formal education and teach themselves. It is the key to self-empowerment and economic independence.”

Scope of learning:
As soon as the library was opened, the children flocked to enjoy the BbP Literacy and Numeracy programme as well as the host of new books that they had access to first time. The Tatana community supported us all the way and we are certain that this library will be life-changing for this traditional fishing community.

Our sponsors:
The library was built with a generous donation from the Swiss Embassy in Canberra and the maintenance costs are covered by donations from long standing BbP donors, Mahesh Patel OBE of City Pharmacy Limited and Australian Aid.
Mahesh Patel, OBE, of CPL said: “I have decided to donate my fees from my board chairman of Telikom PNG role to Buk bilong Pikinini to pay for the running costs at the Tatana Island library. I believe that the young children in the village will benefit from this library and I hope that our donation to the operations of the library will help improve and make a positive change in the in the lives of the children and the community as a whole.”
Founder of Buk bilong Pikinini, Anne-Sophie Hermann said: “This library represents an amazing collaboration between international corporate donors, an embassy, the Australian Government and a local fishing village. It is wonderful that so many people have come together to support the Tatana Island community Buk bilong Pikinini library to provide valuable learning opportunities for the children there. Buk bilong Pikinini is humbled by the support we currently receive from corporate donors as well as the Australian and PNG Government and believe that literacy is key to unlocking the cycle of poverty that the children and their families find themselves in. Australian Public/ and PNG Private partnerships has been a real vector of growth for Buk bilong Pikinini. ”

The Swiss Ambassador to Australia, H.E. Marcel Stutz said: “Fostering education and promoting literacy is one of the priorities of Swiss Development Cooperation worldwide. The Embassy of Switzerland is therefore delighted to have supported a project for the construction of a school library on Tatana Island. I had the great pleasure to visit a library of Buk bilong Pikinini during my official visit to PNG in September last year. I was very much impressed by the great reading skills of the young children and by their enthusiasm to learn. On the occasion of the opening of the “Swiss” library on Tatana Island, I would like to thank Buk bilong Pikinini and especially Anne-Sophie Hermann for her relentless efforts to realize this project. I wish the Tatana education team great success in bringing the world closer to the young generation of PNG.”
Luke Ebbs, Executive Officer of Buk bilong Pikinini said. “15 libraries is an incredible achievement, made possible through partnerships. We hope that these partnerships continue to prosper so that every town, village and community in PNG has access to the joy and wonder that can only be accessed through good books.”

Our precious children and teacher-librarians:

 

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 up in their community."  

 

Above left - Mike Taylor, GM of Stop n Shop, signing with BbP Luke Ebbs and above right community leaders Reverend Siosi Mimoro and Heni Madaha signing with Anne-Sophie.

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Lae 2 - Unitech

Beginnings:
Buk bilong Pikinini opened its 11th library on the campus grounds of Lae Unitech, Morobe Province on 26 February 2013. Once again the location is ideal as this library serves the surrounding community as well as the children of students and staff at the Unitech. The community from the neighbouring Madang compound (settlement) welcomed Buk bilong Pikinini and its sponsor, Bank of South Pacific, with Tolai traditional dancing to modern music and one little student, Tehila Amban, read a book for everyone. Invited guests at the opening of our Lae 2 library included Hon. Loujaya Toni, Minister for Community Development, Bart Philomen, BbP patron and former member for Lae and Ian Clyne, CEO of Bank of South Pacific, our sponsor. The event turned out to be a very green one as both BbP and BSP have green logos!

Scope of learning:
BbP has been very fortunate to attract sponsorship from large organisations like BSP and many others which have enabled us to complete our mission in all our libraries to date – and with great success.
Bart Philemon said; "Human capital formation is the basic building block for any nation building. Early childhood development is completely an important part of this process as seen in those developed countries that have sustained high degree of prosperity.In this regard I commend Buk bilong Pikinini for rolling out the 11th children’s library in Lae. It is also pleasing to note that our leading bank, the Bank of South Pacific, has joined forces with Buk bilong Pikinini through its BSP Children’s Foundation in common pursuit in enabling Papua New Guinean children to foster love for reading and learning."

Our sponsor:
Ian B. Clyne said: “Our decision to support Buk Bilong Pikinini (BbP) is simple - to help improve literacy rates in PNG by developing a culture of reading from early childhood. BbP has embarked on a noble plan to establish libraries and learning centres regionally to promote and encourage the passion to read. BSP is privileged to partner with BbP to promote education among children, and ultimately play a part in improving access to education in PNG, because like BbP our focus is on the children and youth of our country.
The newly established BSP Children's Foundation will fund construction of seven BbP libraries over the next five year period. These will be based in Lae, Goroka, Madang, Port Moresby, Wewak, Lorengau and Kokopo. This partnership is a long term commitment by BSP to ensure that our children harness the necessary skill of reading as part of their development as the future leaders of PNG. Our children are our future and we must give them hope, health and opportunity.”
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Our precious children and teacher-librarians:

Libraries libraries libraries

Buk bilong Pikinini is working hard to establish more libraries in Papua New Guinea with our donors and sponsors. It is clear that there is a great need all across Papua New Guinea for libraries to be established and for people to have access to books both in urban centers and rural areas. Buk bilong Pikinini currently has seven libraries in Port Moresby, two in Lae, one in Goroka (a second to open its doors shortly) and one in Alotau.

The pressures on families living in the urban settlements of the capital are tremendous and the struggle to send all children to school is often insurmountable. Families have often lost contact with their support network of family and friends (wantoks) and live in extreme poverty. Buk bilong Pikinini has entered into agreements with our corporate and NGO sponsors to establish an additional six libraries in Port Moresby and surrounding areas.

The situation is much the same in Goroka and Lae which is why Buk bilong Pikinini has established additional libraries in each of these towns which will open early 2013. Furthermore, plans are underway to establish libraries in Madang, Wewak, Kavieng, Manus, Kokopo and Buka on Bougainville Island.

Buk bilong Pikinini is well aware that populations living in rural ares of PNG fundamentally lack access to education opportunities. The geographical remoteness of some communities make these populations totally out of reach. We will endeavor to improve the reach of our Bilum of Buks Loans Programme or find other ways for donated books to make their way into these communities. With the help of AusAID, Buk bilong Pikinini is also hoping to be able to establish regional offices alongside our regional libraries. This should further increase our presence on the ground as well as our possibility to better respond to the needs of the community in which the library is established.

Below is a map of our existing libraries:

 

Here is a map of our upcoming libraries we have planned:

 

 

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