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Papua New Guinea is a nation of stark contrasts. Situated in the tropical southwestern Pacific, it’s one of the world’s most culturally diverse countries, and rich in natural resources, but violence and brutality are major social issues. The nation’s capital, Port Moresby, ranks among the world’s five ‘least liveable’ cities, due to gang violence, murder and rape. Thousands of small agricultural communities live in remote areas where it’s difficult to access everyday goods let alone healthcare or emergency services.

When Crossroads shipped to Papua New Guinea, it was not without challenges, including a serious earthquake that hit the highlands in 2018. Thanks to the hard work of our partners, though, the shipment was safely delivered to two secondary schools in remote communities.

The shipment included computers, school furniture and books for school libraries, all of which created a huge impact on the two school campuses. “The project was inspiring!” wrote staff. “The primary aim was to establish our first computer laboratory and school library.” They used the goods to create a brand new information centre, where students can now learn IT skills and connect to the wider world.

“The project impacted positively on the secondary school students, and boosted their overall morale, spirits, excitement, aspirations, dreams and hopes!” – NGO staff

(Above) The laptops, TV screens and other computer hardware were gratefully received, helping set up the school’s first computer lab. 40 cartons of books filled the new library. Chairs and other furniture saved the schools US$1500. The shipment also contained bicycles, mattresses, shoes, toys and backpacks which were distributed to the students.

The multiplier effect of the donation has been significant.  They estimate that more than 1500 secondary school students have been directly impacted by the computer lab; over 9000 students impacted altogether, and 20,000 local people have benefitted.  In fact, they see the impact moving widely to the whole of Papua New Guinea, as the students have more skills to serve locally and nationally, building the foundation for more productive lives and better futures.

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Changing lives through Education

Education in Papua New Guinea is a luxury out of reach for many children, with 40% of the population living on less than 1 US Dollar a day. The net enrolment for basic education is only 52.9%, and girls are often excluded from schooling entirely. In remote areas, there may not even be schools to go to.
This is the challenge that Crossroads’ partner is seeking to address.  This NGO is not only covering school fees for a thousand students a year, they are also actively seeking changes to establish new schools in remote areas. With an adult literacy rate of just 57% and children under 15 being 40% of PNG’s population, it is clear there is still a world of meaningful work to do. Crossroads is pleased to help with a shipment to improve their work and extend their reach.

Potential impact:

  • Hundreds of children will be able to go to school
  • Existing schools will be better equipped

 Shipment includes:

  • Primary and secondary school text books
  • Musical instruments and toys
  • Computers and computer desks for IT education

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Before and after: a computer lab constructed by our partner to teach secondary students

Tende Ogul lives in a very remote area in Papua New Guinea. From the nearest road it takes an astonishing 30 days of walking ten kilometres a day to reach his little village. This didn’t stop this community leader coming to the office of our partner. As he spoke his words, he was already in tears. He said he had a dream for a primary school for his village. However, he is getting old and he may not see his dream realised. After hearing his story, our partner applied with the Provincial Government for the Primary School to be approved. After six months, Kondipi Primary School was given the approval. Ogul had waited 15 years for his dream to be realised.  A new double story classroom was built. But it did not end there. An access road was also built by a volunteer service.  120 children now attend Kondipi Primary School.  Our partner supports the children by paying their school fees and providing them with materials.
Crossroads shipment will help this NGO to furnish more schools and to provide many more children with the materials they need to study.


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