ANNUALLY, THE KOKODA YOUTH FOUNDATION DONATES MONEY AND RESOURCES TO ASSIST IN IMPROVING THE STANDARD OF LIVING FOR THE PEOPLE OF KOKODA VILLAGE.
Kokoda Village is in a valley surrounded by spectacular mountains, home to the famous Kokoda Track. The community consists of a school, hospital, two small shops, the airstrip and surrounding small villages.
For the two million preschool and primary school-aged children in Papua New Guinea, half a million do not attend school because of a lack of teachers – and those who actually do attend sometimes share a teacher with up to 60 other students. The cost of sending a student to Kokoda Primary School is 100 KINA per year. With the average wage being 35 KINA a week many children don’t make it to school. Similar problems exist in health care, with shocking survival rates for childbirth and early childhood, and rampant malaria, AIDS and cholera. Only 3,000 community health workers serve a population of seven million people, giving each worker an average of over 2,300 people to treat. Kokoda Hospital does not have a doctor.
Over the past ten years, Kokoda Youth Foundation have assisted the people of the track with:
- medical teams
- building and maintenance teams
- building materials for projects such as improving the local school and hospital
- local agriculture and the water supply
The cost of sending a student to Kokoda Primary School is 100 KINA a year. With the average wage being 35 KINA a week many children don’t make it to school.
For only $55 AUD, you can personally sponsor a student to attend Kokoda Primary School. Click here to make a tax deductible donation through our website and help us add to the list of sponsored students.
Bibra Suma, grade 7
Bibra is the second of five children. Her father is deceased and her mother sells vegetables at the local market. Bibra is hard working, with an outstanding attitude towards her spiritual development and satisfactory academic achievement. Her favourite subjects are science and language. Bibra would like to be doctor.
Joylyn Laui, grade 7
Joylyn is the second of five children. Her father is deceased and her mother also sells produce at the local market. Joylyn has worked hard to achieve a high achievement: A’s and B’s. Joylyn wants to become a lawyer and look after her family financially when she grows up.
Purapora, grade 3
Lolo is the second of four children. Her father is deceased and her mum creates income from marketing and trekking. Lolo is a very good student and enjoys school. She has a satisfactory achievement. Her favourite subjects are art and language and she loves to play soccer.
Martha Ahaja, grade 5
Martha is the sixth of six children. Her mother is deceased, her dad works as a cowboy and has remarried. Martha is absent from school a lot and needs improvement in a number of areas, although her achievement marks are high. Martha would like to be a teacher. Her favourite subject is language.
Basil Ahaja, grade 6
Basil is the seventh child out of 9. His dad is a casual labourer at an oil plantation. Basil needs improvement in many areas. He is good at science, social studies and art. Basil’s favourite subject is art and he enjoys playing sports and drawing
David Babua, grade 3
David is the fourth child out of five children. He lives with his aunt and uncle because his parents passed away in a PMV (people moving vehicle) accident. David has an outstanding achievement with 96 percent in art and physical education. His favourite subject is maths and he enjoys going on picnics and fishing.
Francis Sivin, grade 6
Francis is the second of five children. His dad is a sub farmer at the local market. He is quiet and humble, with outstanding achievements; including 100 percent in arts and crafts. His favorite subject is maths and he enjoys hunting and playing sports.
Gabby Age, grade 3
Both of Gabby's parents have died. He is number eight out of eight children. He lives with older brothers and sisters, has outstanding achievement with all A’s and one B. His favorite subject is maths and he enjoys gardening.
Philemon Houje, grade 5
Philemon's father has passed away. He is the third of five children. He lives with his uncle who works at the shop. He has potential and has achieved some outstanding results. Philemon’s favourite subject is maths and he would like to be a pilot.
Romney Youga, grade 4
Romney is the last of eleven children. He is polite and hard working, and has outstanding results.His favourite subject is English and he would like to be a pilot.