Luman Hipakoko: A Place to Care for All
HWC have built and are now operating the first community services buildings in the whole of Haku Constituency (the North Buka Island) on a secured surveyed block of land 40 x 42 square metres with a 25 year renewable lease in Ngalkobul village.
The Resource Centre (opened June 2016) has a library and reading public access area, a Project Office with Office Services for general public and a "Meri Seif Haus" for emergency assistance to Family and Sexual Violence clients as part of the HWC Family Referral Service.
Phase 2 of the building process consisted of preparing for building of Luman Hipakoko, including clearing the whole site, and building a World Vision designed pit toilet, a 2 room traditional kitchen / dining area (haus kuk) and a generator shed to house the power supply generator (previously donated by NZ HOMEDAP).
Luman Hipakoko (opened November 2017) was designed pro bono by an Australian architect, Amber Guarde, by arrangement with our PiCCA partners in Brisbane. The building was initially to be just an ablution block to accompany the Resource Centre but it developed into a permanent building with Disability access features including a training hall, storeroom, canteen, modern kitchen, disability access bathroom and cement covered walkways. The building includes:
Making the Haus kuk (traditional kitchen)
Funding and other assistance
Hako Women's Collective gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the many organisations and individuals who have contributed money, resources or time and effort to the building project. Read more
To accomplish the building itself, HWC took every economic measure possible to honour the sacrificial giving of so many individual Australian supporters. We had no money for contractors, so we supervised the whole building project with our own members husbands, fathers, uncles and keen Haku youth who had some experience in vocational building and plumbing courses.
The building has been finished with attention to detail that reflects the love and pride of the building teams, the joy expressed by everyone associated with this successful project.
Read more about the building process
Luman Hipakoko opening: 4 November 2017.
Songs were written and performed by Bamboo Bands for the official opening which was attended by 4 people representing overseas funders, 2 AVI Country Team staff, and crowds of Community leaders, Village Chiefs, Government officials and women members.
HWC members and the whole Landowner Clan hosted the feast in celebration of a great victory for women, for development, and for justice prevailing – after the women’s struggle from March to September to win approval of all Haku society.
The Official Blessing at the opening was led by a Catholic Priest, A Methodist Minister, A United Church Minister, a Christian Revival Crusade Pastor, a Christian Revival Church Pastor, an ABG Independent Church Pastor.
June 2016 - opening of the Resource Centre
Take a virtual tour of HWC Resource Centre with Anna Sapur