Ladies and Gentlemen, distinguished Guest from HOPE worldwide Australia (Dr Mark Timlin and Dr. Graham Gumley), Manager Refugee Clinic Melbourne (Mrs Fay Lea-Smith), Pastor and Women’s Ministry Leader of the Port Moresby Church of Christ (Felix and Ashley Tokwepota), Development Partners, and my wonderful & hardworking HOPE worldwide staff; It gives me such joy and great pleasure to welcome you all to the commemoration of 25 years of HOPE worldwide PNG’s work in reaching and serving the underprivileged communities in PNG. Twenty five years is a huge milestone for this faith-based community orientated organisation. It is a testament of our resilience to survive, thrive and adapt, never shying away and fully living out our mission and vision every day. It is a testament of ultimately God’s unconditional and unfailing love for us, His people despite our weaknesses & downfalls. God has covered us with his feathers, sheltered us with his wings and his faithful promises are OUR armour and protection as stated in Psalms of David Chapter 91, verse 4. It is a great privilege and honour to commemorate 25 years of HOPE worldwide PNG with you all. I would like to acknowledge the previous Country Directors (Drs. Graham Ogle & Helen Ogle, Mr. Luke Keria, Ms. Jessica Lesly, Ms. Tessa Temata & Mrs Joan Timothy) who have strategically led HOPE worldwide PNG over the years, Board Members past and current and of course the hard-working staff for your valuable contributions.
HOPE worldwide PNG was established on February 23rd1994 under the Associations Incorporations Act of Papua New Guinea as a Non-Governmental Organisation with the purpose to promote charitable services including societal development, relief and welfare including but not limited to medical, educational and social programs, primarily throughout Papua New Guinea. The Association (HOPE worldwide PNG) is a faith-based organisation but the purpose of The Association does not discriminate based on people’s religious beliefs, race, gender or economic status.
For 25 years now, I am proud to say that we continue to achieve our vision of ‘Bringing Hope & Changing Lives’ of the disadvantaged communities through our health, education, agriculture and other social services in PNG.
For 25 years now, we continue to achieve our mission through the compassion and commitment of dedicated staff (such as you all) and volunteers to deliver sustainable, high impact and community-based services to the poor and needy.
Our Programs at a Glance for the past 25 years!
Three main programs: Non-formal Education, School Sponsorship and the Library program.
The Non-formal Education program allowed Basic literacy, Numeracy and General Skills to be taught to ‘out of school’ students in National Central District (NCD).
Our Current Programs
We partner with the dynamic Filipino Medical Team at Port Moresby General Hospital, Port Moresby Church of Christ volunteers, UPNG School of Dentistry, Cheshire Disability Services including friends and family members to conduct the following community initiatives:
✓ Feeding Program for the Homeless (Men, Women & Children)
✓ Feeding Program for people living with disabilities
✓ Free medical and dental care and treatment for the people living with disability
FAR REACHING IMPACT
Approximately 200,000 Papua New Guineans benefit from our services annually. We have come a long way HOPE worldwidePNG! Now is a time to look back with admiration of our humanitarian efforts, identify gaps and challenges, address them and continue to stay focussed on our mission, and look forward with anticipation to respond to the call of service with all our hearts. In the words of Maya Angelou, an American poet: “My wish is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a Mean world with your acts of Kindness.” Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of HOPE.
Happy 25thBirthday HOPE worldwide PNG Family!
We remain thankful to our current and past Development partners / Supporters / Donors and Volunteers since the establishment of HOPE worldwide PNG (listed below):
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