More children and adults in two provinces stand to benefit from a unique partnership that brings library books right down to the grassroots level to improve literacy in some of the most challenging areas in the country.
Children admitted to Hela Provincial Hospital had a pleasant distraction following a recent donation of books by Buk bilong Pikinini in partnership with the Oil Search Foundation. The hospital’s Director of Nursing Services, Freda Makanda, and the Oil Search Foundation’s Provincial Development Manager, Michael Conlon, visited the ward and distributed books to children and their parents.
Dr Arun Menon’s HIV refresher training in Tari, Hela Province was a knowledge boost in HIV management and treatment for rural health care workers. Over 106 health care workers were given additional training over three days.
The Oil Search Foundation and Buk bilong Pikinini announced the establishment of a new library and Early Childhood Development and Literacy program at Kuluanda Primary School at Kopari Catholic Mission in Tari, Hela Province. This will be the first such program for the Province with plans to expand to other areas in the near future.