KTVETC Manageress Mrs Helen. Gire. Dupnai addressing the guests during the MoA signing

Ok Tedi Development Foundation (OTDF), Kiunga Technical Vocational Education Training Center (KTVETC), and nine CMCA Women & Children’s Associations renewed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to provide
Life Skills Training.

The MoA signed on 23 November in Kiunga allows for life skills training to continue.
To support community development in the footprint villages of Ok Tedi Mining Limited (OTML), OTDF first approached KTVETC in 2020 to commence this program with funding from the North and Middle Fly women & children’s associations. This renewal of the agreement now extends the program reach to South Fly from 2023 to 2025.

According to Program Services Sustainable Development Manager Mr Andrew Mari, it is a win-win arrangement with KTVETC, a nationally recognised institution.

KTVETC Manageress Mrs Helen Gire Dupnai was instrumental in rolling out life skills programs under the initial MoA and this renewal marks a milestone achievement as they prepare to run training in the South Fly. “Since the initial signing, the KTVETC is proud to have trained over 900 participants in short courses in personal viability, sewing, carpentry, cooking, baking, and agriculture.”

Monitoring of projects vital

Development partners renew the agreement for life skills program

Middle Fly Women and Children President, Ms Charlotte Mathews, representing the eight sister associations thanked KTVETC and the development partner for transferring the life skills to the women and youths of the CMCA. “Thank you OTDF and thanks KTVETC.  Our women sew to wear today, we sew clothes, we bake and we sell to earn money to support our families, we are empowered”.

OTDF CEO said the numbers speak for themselves. “The task ahead for OTDF is to strengthen monitoring and evaluation to determine the impact of this program.
OTDF is a delivery vehicle and will continue to partner with CMCA communities and service providers to facilitate development”.
Women leaders, KTVETC staff, community representatives, and OTDF Executive management were present to witness the ceremony.

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