Yesterday was momentous day for women around the Kaugere suburb in Port Moresby, with the opening of a new human resource centre in the area.
The construction of the building was funded by the Japanese Government through its Grant Assistance Scheme for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).
Japanese Ambassador, Satoshi Nakajima, who was present at the opening ceremony said they were happy to assist in the project providing a grant of K200,000 to the Living Light Foursquare Gospel Church for the construction.
“This centre is to support the Church’s shelter activities for victims of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in close cooperation with an international NGO, FHI 360, which provides the Church with counselling services under the auspices of USAID.
“This centre will benefit the women of Kaugere and those around its vicinity, to get the victims of GBV rehabilitated through confidential counselling and health examination programmes. Furthermore, the centre will provide a training to help women acquire basic skills such as sewing and cooking to enhance self-reliance and provide economic opportunities for themselves and their families,” Ambassador Nakajima said.
The centre will contribute towards addressing gender-based violence by providing care and counselling to GBV victims, as well as help towards the economic and personal growth of women in the area through skills training such as cooking, sewing and conducting adult literacy classes.
The cutting of the ribbon to mark the official opening of the building was done by Japanese Ambassador, Satoshi Nakajima and U.S. Ambassador, Catherine Ebert-Gray in the presence of members of the Living Light Foursquare Gospel Church Kaugere.