Six communities inthe Western Province received AusAID funding deeds totaling over K300, 000. Projects range from areas in health, tourism, agriculture and small business.
The grants were presented inthe province under Aus-AIDs’Strongim Pipol’Strongim Nesen program.
The ceremony was held in Kiunga Western province.
- West Papua Womenrsquo;s group…..receiving K73, 330 to set up a mobile haus kai.
- Daru Family and Sexual Violence Action Committee ….K70, 570 for training and advocacy work.
- Kranai Village Eco Tourism ….K40, 995 for an agricultural project.
- Kisimasa Island group….K29, 679 for a poultry project.
- Mahobe Youth Group …K25,360 for vegetable farming project
- Andthe Beomabu Women group …K69, 347 for a semi-permanent delivery house.
These three women are part of that group. Their village severimabu is located alongthe Nothern part ofthe Fly River. Many women intheir area give birth in harsh unhygienic conditions. Traditional birthing kits and a village birth attendant arethe only help line for a woman in labor.
Womenlike Elisha Taipi are considered champions: as a village birth attendant she has supervised more than 200 safe births.
The 69,000 plus funding given through Ausaids’Strongim Pipol’Strongim Nesen program is a figurethese women never thoughtthey’d have access to.
According to a recent UN reporto1,500 women in PNG die every year because of pregnancy related complications.
The’Strongim Pipol’Strongim Nesen program is a democratic governance program implemented in partnership betweenthe governments of Papua New Guineaand Australia.
Meredith Kuusa, National EMTV News