NCDC Manager for Social Services Kila Dick, yesterday presented a check of K9,660 to PNG AFL Niukik Development Program.
The partnership between PNGAFL and NCDC was established in early 2014 and today’s presentation of the funds was to extend that Partnership and support towards the AFL Development Programs.
Kila said the reason why NCDC partnered with PNG AFL was that their program was targeting similar age groups and by using AFL they could address issues such as car trafficking, steeling, selling items on roads and other unwanted behaviours.
NCDC Youth Coordinator, Rex Puka, said Niukik program will run along side NCDC’s Street Kids program for children living within city the limits.
A program that targets homeless children who are street vendors and participating in car trafficking, falling under the ages of 6 to 12 years old.
The aim behind the sponsorship is to have the Street Kids program work under the PNG AFL development program, Niukik. This will aim to get the street kids involved. In 2014, NCDC and PNG AFL development program visited ATS and 8 mile areas to show children how to play AFL, and also to disseminate information on rights of the children.
AFL Development Manager for the Southern Region, Joe Maggio, says AFL PNG is looking forward to working with the communities that have been identifies to be part of the Niukik program this year.
While the Niukik Development program is looking forward to visiting a school in Tubuserea village, the Street Kids program with NCDC will commence in next few weeks where the program will be carried out in four different locations.
These locations include, Fishermen Island, Pari Village, Konedobu and Morata 4.