Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Volunteers sought to build college in Kokoda

Maitland, Australia,  residents are urged to consider a two-week placement in Kokoda to build a college in the jungle of Papua New Guinea to help break the country’s poverty cycle.
The idea to build the Kokoda College originated more than a year ago when the Kokoda Track Foundation realised the shortage of teachers and community health workers was preventing the development of the communities along the Kokoda Track.
“When we started researching we discovered that some 500,000 children are currently not going to school because of a shortage of teachers,” the foundation’s executive director Dr Genevieve Nelson said.

HELP NEEDED: Dr Genevieve Nelson.
HELP NEEDED: Dr Genevieve Nelson.

“And in healthcare, things aren’t looking much better with a severe shortage of community health workers for Papua New Guinea’s population living in the rural areas.”
In October and November the foundation will build the college at a site in Kou Kou village, near Kokoda.
“We are engaging a large team of Australian volunteers to help us with the various stages of the construction process,” Dr Nelson said.
“We are looking for dedicate people with a passion for adventure and helping others. Our teams of volunteers will commit to a two-week placement and will travel to Kokoda in groups.”
For more information visit www.kokodacollege.com

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