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: