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.
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!
The opening of the HWC Resource Centre was a great feat of organisation and went very well, with a number of special guests including Hon Louta Atoi MP North Bougainville in PNG Parliament, Hon Robert Chicka, MHR Member for Haku in ABG Parliament, Village Assembly Chairmen, Haku School Principals (Elementary, Primary and Secondary), Church leaders, Women Leaders and general membership and community. See the photos below.
Helen Dakin (Sydney supporter)
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