Christmas is the season of giving with families and friends coming together to celebrate the year.
Often a time of happy reunions, some families can only hope for a better Christmas.
Oil Search Foundation (OSF) in partnership with the NCD Family Sexual Violence Action Committee (FSVAC) and Femili PNG prepared gifts and gift vouchers for families who will be spending Christmas in safe houses over the festive season.
FSVAC Manager Ruth Beriso identified that the safe houses may struggle for funding over the holiday period and suggested Oil Search provide some funding to support. Oil Search Limited kindly provided funding for the gifts and gift vouchers.
While many of us look forward to spending time with family and exchanging gifts, for those experiencing family or sexual violence, this can be a very lonely period.
It is also recognised that the staff who operate and work in the safe house often work late and during holiday periods.
The safe house operators were grateful for the kind support shown. The gifts provided included educational activity books, colouring materials for children and personal gift packs for the women.
We wish everyone a very safe Christmas period and encourage everyone to look out for their friends, family and loved ones who may need support during the holiday season.