There is now hope for the people of Bougainville with rehabilitation services, thanks to another non-government organisation, Cheshire Disability Services that have pledged to contribute to peace building on the island.
Programs Officer, Joyce Koupere, told EMTV News in Alotau that Cheshire was happy to provide its services to the people of Bougainville. Koupere said this when making the announcement for the organisation to extend its mission to the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.
Cheshire will work closely with the already established institutions on ground and will implement the Community Based Rehabilitation.
“We are into doing community based rehabilitation, and this is supported through UNICEF and the inclusive education which was endorsed by the National Education Department.
“We are setting up in Bougainville and we are working in partnership with organisations like Callan.”
Cheshire has already linked up with Bougainville through its inclusive childhood education program, working with schools and conducting trainings for teachers.
“To identify those in the community and bridge that gap, so that they can get into the main stream schools,” she said.
Cheshire Disability Centre was also happy to announce the appointment of Gail Sarei, to head the Bougainville office as program coordinator.
Ms Sarei, a Bougainvillean, has expertise in physiotherapy after graduating from Divine Word University.
“Gail is a very good officer and we will be utilising her to be able to provide the technical support assessment in terms of diagnosing the people with special needs.
“She will also come up with rehabilitation plans.”
With Cheshire Disability Centre’s extension of services to the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, there is now hope for locals who have come out from a post-conflict setting.