The Meri Seif Haus has been busy with a lot of demand. One woman was referred to HWC from the village courts. The service is getting increasing recognition from the community, courts and Community Auxiliary Police (CAPS), who have been very supportive to our counsellors, issuing preventive orders and coming to the Luman Hipakoko when needed. We have even had chiefs giving towels to the women for our clients being cared for at the safe house.
13 February 2018: HWC has made its first booking for a workshop at Luman Hipakoko. The Summer Institute of Linguistics PNG is holding a workshop this week funded by Save the Children for the Department of Education Elementary Schools of Bougainville. Two translators from each language area of Bougainville are participating to create simple stories for children in their own language as curriculum material in their own language. The workshop is being facilitated by four SIL experienced translators working in the Kunua language of west Bougainville, in partnership with two PNG SIL employees - one as a literacy trainer and the other a Linguistics / Tok Pisin expert.
Pacific island nations are among the worst affected by climate change, which is already causing severe problems in some areas and forcing communities to relocate - if they can find a safe option. Representatives are visiting Australia to join the opposition to the huge Adani coal mine, which will worsen the problems: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/01/pacific-islanders-call-for-australia-not-to-fund-adani-coalmine?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
Bamboo weaving of wall panels and septic tank into the hole following jackhammer of stone in the base of the hole- at last!
Working away still
News from Buka:
Here are a few snapshots of the team hard at work.
Nathan the plumber trained up these men on bathroom and septic finer points.
Builder John assisted by Bob are explaining door squaring and framing. And then you can see the overall progress of the whole building taking shape. The HWC cooks and cares for everyone.
We are so blessed!!! thank you one and all for all the continued support coming in to push through.
Today we bought the electrical cable that urgently needs to go into the walls before the final interior walling cladding is nailed down - hopefully tomorrow. Builder John wants to fly out on Thursday with the building at ‘lock up’ stage.
The Buka builders have learned heaps from the visiting team and they aim to complete the building by end of October.
HWC plan for opening in early November!
Love and appreciation to all
Marilyn and all HWC and teams here in Hako
Female Artists gear up for Brisbane Meet
September 24, 2017
A workshop in Bougainville has brought female artists together in preparation for the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9), which will open in Brisbane in November
An initiative of the Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) with support from the Australian Government, the Women’s Wealth workshop was led by Ruth McDougall, curator of the Pacific Art at QAGOMA, and co-curator Sana Balai.
The project aims to create opportunities for Bougainville women to engage in creative exploration, and has drawn artists Taloi and Marilyn Havini, to identify artists and art forms across Bougainville, as well as nearby islands in Solomon Islands, with whom Bougainville women share linguistic and cultural ties.
“Women’s Wealth aims to put value on you as women, the works you’ve made, and the space where you have come together,” McDougall told the artists at the close of the 10-day workshop.
The participants included 10 artists from all parts of Bougainville, four from the Solomon Islands and four from Australia.
The artists shared ideas and techniques, and experimented with art forms outside their usual practice. Adelaide Mekea Aniona, from Arawa, said that there were only a few women from her village who still practised their artistic craft, and the workshop had provided her with a new creative community. The workshop, hosted by Sister Lorraine Garasu at the Nazareth Centre for Rehabilitation, gave the women confidence to nourish their art and develop works in the lead-up to APT9.
“I am just a local woman in my community, and was undecided about joining the workshop, but I’ve now seen my potential,” Pauline Anis, from Siwai, said.
Opening in November 2018, APT9 will bring together over 80 to 90 artists and groups from across Australia, and the Asia Pacific to celebrate the strength of contemporary art and culture in the region. The Women’s Wealth workshop is supported by the Australian government through the Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program.
The foundations have been built, the posts are up and the roof is on. The volunteer builders have arrived from Australia to work on the next stage with local tradespeople - see photos below.
ABD Radio's Pacific Beat reports: Women from South, Central and North Bougainville have come together in Buka to highlight the role that women play in promoting peace and security in that region of PNG.
The week-long conference is being held as the autonomous region commemorates the signing of the Bougainville Peace Agreement that ended a decade-long armed conflict on August 30, 2001.
The Parliamentary Committee on Gender, Peace and Security - working with the UN Development Programme - have put the conference together, and UNDP's Head of Governance, Julie Bukikun, says the prospect of independence for Bougainville has been a key focus for discussion.
To listen to the 5-minute interview click here.
Messages and photographs sent by Marilyn Havini on behalf of HWC, showing progress on building the Amenities Centre in the past week. As you can see, there is wide community involvement!
2 September: Today we celebrate with chocolate cake the end to the foundation slab construction.
Everyone is really happy with the progress and can see the building will sit well on site.
Bless you all for continued support!
We go shopping for plumbing items from collected quotations on Monday while carpenters begin framing,
1 September: Wonderful day today with clan labour on their last corner and after posts go up it's over to the carpenters!
The chiefs have requested I cook them a chocolate cake to celebrate their efforts tomorrow!
Thank you to everyone contributing to funding the next phase of the project for when the experienced volunteer supporter builders turn up! Our 6 young men are raring to go here.
29 August: We are getting so close to having the foundations down. Just the last strip to go with another 10 bags of cement and the stones we are scrambling for throughout the village. My heart was touched by a child at play offering a small basket of own collection of stones to join the youth and old men!
27 August: Thank you for news of your wonderful contributions to the crowd funding for this building to bring rescue to people in need and programs to develop our post conflict community.
I have a few photos of latest progress.
We remain keen and active with faithful men and women carrying rocks, men digging tractor loads of coral gravel ( x13 so far) pouring cement and women cooking for them.
HWC is doing fundraising activities selling baskets of food (cooked and uncooked), making afternoon tea and buns, conducting a 'Dress-a-thon' etc.
As Haku is a subsistence farming community far away from town and shops -this is our best asset but of course it's 'small time' in contrast to the funds we need to build a permanent building. Most people live in bush material village dwellings.
The growing community support is very encouraging. People come and stare and nod their heads and say 'yes, we want this development'.
Thank you all for your partnership in this venture!
On 21 August 2017 a crowdfunding campaign will be launched to raise the remaining funds needed for the new Amenities Centre. The campaign is organised on behalf of HWC by Partners in International Collaborative Community Aid (PiCCA), which has also provided the main funding for the project.
View the campaign here, or click below to see the campaign video.
Helen Dakin (Sydney supporter)
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