Oil Search Foundation Celebrates Champions of Change

 Oil Search employees at the Champions of Change session at the Ridge Camp, Kutubu.

Oil Search employees at the Champions of Change session at the Ridge Camp, Kutubu.

 

MORO, KUTUBU SHP, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

To build on the work of the Oil Search Foundation (OSF), a programme that strategically engages Oil Search (OSL) staff was recently celebrated with a launch in Moro, one of OSL’s camp sites.

The Champions of Change (CoC) programme recognises the importance of engaging OSL’s workforce of over 1200 employees and connecting the work the OSF does to what employees can do in their communities.

Already activated in OSL’s Sydney and Port Moresby offices, OSL staff are supported with information, education and communication toolkits to help them start or develop projects.

Champions can also access funding of about PGK5,000 under the OSF Small Grants Scheme to assist with community based activities.

These community focussed programmes extend the work OSF does to improve education, leadership, health, women’s empowerment and protection across Papua New Guinea.

Promoting Champions of Change, OSF Executive Director, Stephanie Copus-Campbell said so much can be gained from ensuring OSL staff are exposed to the work of the Foundation.

“Reviewing all of of our programs at the Oil Search Foundation we wanted to find more ways to help address local challenges with local solutions. We also wanted a mechanism to share widely all the good information that we get here at Oil Search on a range of important issues. It was from this that the Champions of Change was born to empower our staff to create positive change in their own homes and communities,” Copus-Campbell said.

“We wanted to find more ways to help address local challenges with local solutions. We also wanted a mechanism to share widely all the information that we get at Oil Search about a range of important issues. It was from this that the Champions of Change was born. This is a means to empower our staff to create positive change in their own homes and communities.”

“If you learn things at work like how to prevent malaria, why it’s important to wash your hands or immunise your children, or what to do in an earthquake, you can take that knowledge back to your communities. Imagine if you share with 30 people knowledge on one of these important issues and they take that knowledge forward to 100 more people? That creates a ripple effect and is where we can start to really make a difference.”

During a recent visit to the Oil Search camp in Moro, the Foundation team heard stories from three OSL employees who shared what they are doing to create change in their communities.

Their programmes have helped educate people through community libraries, teach basic first aid  and initiative vocational training for young men and women.

Although OSL operates out of specific areas, the CoC programme extends the footprint of OSF’s work as champions implement projects in the province, village or community they hail from.

 
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