Achieving selfreliance, health and quality of life in Papua New Guinea’s Western Province communities
Sapuka rice milling training for local farmers
Education continues to progress at year end for Program Services Sustainable Department (PSSD).
The Community Education Service (CES) section saw a steady increase in results for this year (2022).
Executive Manager Program Services, Mr Eric Kuman, in his presentation at the OTDF Board meeting provided updates from data collated.
Director Kuam Sanewai remarked that the presentation was evidence that OTDF achieved and exceeded its 2022 planned target indicators.
Mr Kuman presented that the rate of students completing studies in both FODE and Adult Matriculation (AM) stands at 765 per year.
He said since 2019, FODE/AM has seen 2003 students sitting exams and completing.
In the CMCA scholarships, 119 students will have completed tertiary studies this year and graduated in different disciplines.
The highlights continue with the Infrastructure Development Department (IDD) team progressing with 17 homes in construction at selected villagers in the North Fly and 19 Community Learning Centres’ built across the three districts of Western Province.
The Livelihood Development program team have been providing consistent support for vanilla farming, with 67 growers registered during the extension exercise with over 4.1 Hectares so far surveyed in North Fly. Interest is growing.
Although faced with challenges in Middle Fly, rubber stumps distribution is complete and rubber tapping training provided to 54 Suki Fly Gogo growers, in South Fly.
Regional Development team progressed the Food Security Program (FSP) in the South Fly, with over 50 farmers involved. Rice milling machines were distributed to four sites and training given to the rice farmers at Kawiapo and Sapuka villages.
Over 80 house hold clusters are engaged and manually tilling 6.1 hectares of land. So far the farmers have harvested over 1.3 tons of rice from every half hectare. The mentioned villages have on site Community Seed Bank Centre facilities which house the rice mills built at a total of K101, 000.00 and within the six months of construction provided employment benefits for casual workers paying K60, 000 as wages.
As added value to the FSP program, 250 kilograms of cassava cuttings were sourced from NARI in Lae and planted on over half a hectare of arable land, with the cassava plants growing well.
In the Social Development sector, the program upskilled 498 participants this year completing Life Skills training in sewing (150), music (131 youths), baking and food processing (166) refereeing and coaching (51 youths) to 32 leaders & association executives receiving Community Development, Financial Literacy and Leadership Training.
Financial Literacy training facilitated by Bank South Pacific (BSP) in Tabubil
In Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WaSH), 880 households were surveyed and community awareness and mobilising programs conducted successfully for communities in Suki Fly Gogo starting at Pukaduka 1 village, schools and health facilities. The building of 20 Ventilated Improved (VIP) latrines and installation of a RUSS pump signalled the start of the roll out program throughout the CMCA starting in the South Fly.
Mrs Serah Meroke (R) presents the fuel docket to Inspector Anjap Minata (L), witnessed by OTDF Program Services Executive Eric Kuman (middle), association executives and police personnel
Kiunga Police received 877 litres of fuel costing K5, 000 from the Tutuwe Ara Women and Children’s Association on Thursday 28 December 2022.
The Tutuwe Ara is one of nine women and children associations under the Community Mine Continuation Agreement (CMCA) arrangement between Ok Tedi Mining Limited (OTML) and the mine impact communities.
Association Vice President, Mrs Serah Meroke made the presentation on behalf of the 29 Tutuwe Trust villages along the Kiunga to Tabubil Highway.
She said: “We did our association patrols and received reports of general law and order issues in our 29 villages. We can only do our part by supporting the police with fuel to control the issues in our communities as they are the authorised personnel by law to uphold peace and good order. We want to celebrate Christmas and New Year peacefully”.
Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) Kiunga Police Station Commander, Inspector Anjap Minata said the donation comes when his officers have rolled out special operations to monitor peace and order during this festive season. He said: “For as long as I can remember, this support is a first. I have spent about 14 years in Kiunga and receiving this support tells me that, the private sector have seen the need of the police.” He is hopeful, more support of such follows from the local business community.
OTDF Executive Manager Program Services Mr Eric Kuman on behalf of the association explained the existence of the association and the work it conducted in the communities.
“The women have a Five Year Strategic Plan with focus on development objectives, included is support to the law and justice sector. This donation is as much a part of the plan they are working towards achieving. The struggle is real, police presence is needed in all districts, Western Province is a huge area and with manpower and logistical issues it’s a nightmare. We can only imagine the challenges the police face.”
Association members participate in the elections at the Star Mountain Women’s Association Resource Center
A special Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on Monday 19th December by the six Mine Village Women and Children’s Association members to elect a new president.
The position was left vacant for a while after an administrative decision to dismiss the president on disciplinary grounds.
The special AGM comprising the Ok Tedi Mine Village Women and Children’s Association (OTMVWCA) executives, Chairladies from the six Women’s Social Issues Concern Group (WSICG) and their committee executives met in Tabubil to elect a president.
The Association Secretary Mrs Alice Mumuyong was nominated by Vice President Mrs Lulu Bill, who willingly accepted the nomination.
Mrs Mumuyong as the only nominee was declared President unopposed by the presiding officials from the Star Mountains Local Level Government (SMLLG) who supervised the election.
Mrs Mumuyong was the Secretary for four years, and as the newly elected president, will hold office for the next two years before the next elections. She has been a community development worker for almost 10 years.
As a strong leader, Mrs Mumuyong balances her leadership duties with her family responsibilities. “My work takes me away from my family, but I have a very supportive husband who cares for our children while I am doing community work, and I am grateful to him for his support.”
She said she will lead with a focus to deliver on the five year Women and Children Action Plan.
Mrs Mumuyong addresses the women as the President elect thanking them for their confidence in her leadership
With the secretary’s position vacant, another election followed for members to elect a new Secretary.
Mrs Kwil Sumengim was elected as the new Secretary for the Association.
Mrs Sumengim thanked the women for their confidence in her and she pledged her support to the Association in her new role.
OTDF Program Services Sustainable Development Manager Mr Andrew Mari chaired the election process at the Star Mountain Women’s Association Resource Center in Tabubil.
He encouraged the women leaders to work together and support the association executives to deliver their planned activities. He also reminded the executives and committee members to be responsible leaders in the community: “The mine will be gone, take lead now and plan for the future. Your actions will reflect who you are and determine the communities trust in you. Stand firm and always put the interest of your members first in decision making for the good of your communities and your children.”
Who We Are
Each executive and board member, team and individual involved with OTDF is an essential part of achieving the goal of allowing the residents of Western Province to have greater choices in mapping out their own direction to live better lives.
What We Do
Operating independently of OTML since 2009, we are proud to have 50 full-time staff, 60 part-time staff, and committed volunteers throughout Western Province dedicated to ensuring our objectives and goals are aligned with those of the communities for which we serve.
To date, we have achieved significant outcomes across our investment portfolio and all five pillars of CMCA community development.
From inception as an independent organisation in 2010, OTDF has worked tirelessly with the CMCA communities to establish family and village-based economic and food production options.
OTDF continues to focus on infrastructure delivery for communities to gain easier access to regional centres and government services, and to get produce to markets.
The OTDF Strategic 5-year plan goal for the Health Sector is the CMCA primary health care service delivery strengthened and in line with the Western Province & National Health Plans.
Our latest Annual Report is a comprehensive report of what OTDF has achieved and defines/outlines our ongoing priorities and goals going forward.
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