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Wantaim PNG is established
A chance meeting in 2007 led to Lynne connecting for the first time with her PNG mother and 7 siblings.
Solar and rechargeable batteries
A pilot was established to use solar and rechargeable batteries as an alternative to single use batteries.
Youth Development – Project Aware
Training OCA diving teams to
conduct reef monitoring and check
the health of reefs using Project
Aware card system
How to Freedive safely
We trained 75 local divers on Rambutso Island to learn signing under water and the need to dive in pairs to dive safely and save lives. It was only 5 weeks later that the first life was saved due to the training.
Community Water Tanks
We installed Water Tanks in Panuselu and Penchal villages to collect rainwater for anyone to use.
This initiative added 4,000 Gallons to water storage capacity in Rapatona LLG.
First Aid Training
With the assistance of Australian Volunteer GP Dr Jessica Green, we trained 30 people in Rambutso in First Aid.
Books to ECOM Secondary High School
We delivered 500kgs of books to ECOM Secondary High School with support from Rotary’s Ranfurly library
November 2008 or 2009???
Child Development Screening project
Training was provided to Panselu Health Centre staff by Australian volunteers to assess if the under 2 year olds were developing according to age and how to perform basic remedial treatment
500kgs of books were delivered, this time to Loamat Primary School with the support of Rotary’s Ranfurly library.
Community awaress on climate change
Wantaim PNG hosted climate change Scientists Dr Helen McGregor and Dr Javier Leon from University of Wollongong, The Hon. Ian Cohen, Greens, and Peta Leemen from DFAT PNG, for a community awareness initiative on the impact on climate change and the importance of reefs for protection.
Funding was secured to build two haus kuks with women’s groups in Lenkau and Penchal
Village Water tanks
Water tanks were installed in the villages of Popeu, Pukal, Kasma and Pusu in Rapatona LLG, adding another 4000 Gallons to water storage capacity.
Using the Clontarf Foundatioin’s mentoring program, awareness sessions were brought to all 14 villages in Rambutso.
Training in furniture building
We delivered a train the trainer programme in furniture building without the need for nails, screws or glue which can be a rare commodity. 800kg of donated tools were collected and restored, and the men from 5 communities returned to their villages with knowledge to share.
Friends of Rambutso became Wantaim PNG
To recognise its wider significance and reach, Friends of Rambutso changed its name to Wantaim PNG.
A pilot programme trained the locals on Bundrou island in the importance of toilets to the environment, how to clean and maintain the toilets, and the building with traditional methods and materials. This resulted in six Clivus Multrum composting toilets installed on Bundrou island.
Hamamas Meri Training
Working in partnership with village women’s groups and community leaders to provide training and support and improve the accessibility of safe, hygenic feminine hygiene products.
Lap Lang facility
The Lap Lang facility was built on Manus for the training of women in such matters as hygiene, using sewing machines and making feminine hygiene kits. Women from distant villages are able to sleep over in the facility during training.
Every family on Manus island received information about handwashing techniques and bars of soap
Covid was rife and misinformation was widespread. We worked in partnership with Dr Gabriel and during 2 months educated villagers about vaccinations, resulting in the vaccination rates increased dramatically.
Wantaim PNG organised a highly successful soccer tournament with the condition that all players had had their Covid vaccination. As a result many participants were vaccinated and went back to their villages to assure family and friends how safe the vaccination was.
ECOM Women’s annual convention
The Hamamas Meri team is invited to provide sexual health training to over 500 attendees.
Pihi Manus and Admiralty Boxing academy
WPNG brokers a partnership with Pihi Manus and the Admiralty Boxing academy. Under the agreement, WPNG helps source boxing equipment in return for lawn mowing at the Pihi Manus facility to improve security.
Strategic partner to Pihi Manus
Ulu Hansel, The Pihi Manus President announces the appointment of WPNG as a strategic partner. This is an acknowledgement of the alignment of missions of the two organisations and the shared commitment to advancing women’s interest in Manus.
Hamamas Meri relocating to Manus
Recognising the new leadership at Pihi Manus, the 6 year initiative from Turramurra Hamamas Meri is being relocated to Manus. 28 teachests of supplies are handed to WPNG for shipment to PNG.
Fencing at Pihi Manus facility
Repairs to the fencing around Pihi Manus is complete and the propert and women are secure once more.
Boxing equipment delivered
Through the kindness of the Rotary Club of Manly, Joes Boxing Club and Southside Boxing Gym, $15,000 worth of boxing equipment is shipped from Australia to PNG by Clough and delivered to Admiralty Boxing Academy – a massive boost for a province with a long and successful afiliation with the sport.