by Delly Waigeno – EM TV News, Port Moresby
One of a very few known orphanages in the country is giving hope and a second chance at life to disadvantaged and vulnerable children.
Life PNG Care is helping to keep these orphaned children in schools and away from the unforgiving streets of Port Moresby.
19 year old Tania looks like a normal, happy student growing up in the city. Thanks to Life PNG Care, she is.
Like any other young person, she has hopes and dreams for the future.
What most don’t know is that Tania is just one of 75 disadvantaged children enrolled in school this year through Life PNG Care’s ‘Strongim Pikinini Education Program’.
Last year the Program supported 52 children get in to school at a cost of K56,000. With that number increased to 75 this year, the organisation needs to raise K84,000. This covers for school project fees, uniforms, stationary, bus fare and lunch.
For Collin Pake, Life PNG Care National Director, and 4 full time volunteering staff, it’s all about the opportunity to change one child’s life for the better.
As an NGO and faith-based organisation, Life PNG Care is able to enroll the children in school and buy their uniforms from the support they receive from generous individuals and corporate bodies.
Apart from MRDC, so far Life PNG Care has got support from MVIL and National Airports Corporation, but there is need for more assistance.
Mr Pake said Life PNG Care has plans to expand the program but without resources such as land and funding, they are limited with their outreach.
This morning the children gathered for their annual photo shoot. They were also visited by representatives from the Mineral Resources Development Company, who presented a cheque of K5,000 to assist the orphanage’s Education Program.