Click here to read our February 2020 newsletter.
Agricultural Hub - 2019
HWC’s big project for 2019 was the completion of the third of HWC’s planned buildings, the Agricultural Hub, with funding from an Australian Aid Friendship Grant and with help from our friends Partners in International Collaborative Community Aid (PiCCA), who also played a key role in building Luman Hipakoko. The Agricultural Hub building holds a rice mill where people can mill their rice for a small fee, and a generator to operate it. Read more
Click here for photos of the opening ceremony on 15 June 2019.
Independence Referendum - November 2019
International attention has been focused on the referendum for independence for Bougainville, which took place in late November 2019. HWC was fully involved with a program on CIVIC EDUCATION with 6 large scale activities throughout Haku, a Radio Awareness program and many villages and church-based awareness sessions. Read more
During 2019 HWC entered an agreement with the indigo foundation, which is assisting with funds that make it possible to pay a small allowance to HWC members for the work they do at Luman Hipakoko. They also receive funds to pay for a mower each month and for 20 litres of fuel each week to operate the generator for a few basic hours.
This has made a tremendous difference to the women, some of whom have been giving substantial amounts of time over many years without pay. The allowance makes it possible for them to commit to working regular hours and to keep services operating at Luman Hipakoko.
With funding from INDIGO foundation, our Library has been able to set up reading circles and have decided to launch these by holding a ‘Back to School’ essay writing competition with school stationery packs as prizes for Elementary, Primary and Secondary student entries.
On New Year’s Day we welcomed back Stephanie and Steve from PiCCA to assist us design our operations over 10 days with professional input to create a manual that can guide us into the future.
Our partnership with Disability and Haku’s Hatsipito Organisation is high on our list of areas needing urgent input and strengthening. Currently we have no funding at all for this work.
Another need is for HWC to respond to requests from Department of Distance Education to become a FODE centre (Flexible Open Distance Education) for school leavers who had no offer to progress beyond Grades 8, 10 or 12 due to lack of space and resources in Formal Education.