Saturday, July 10, 2010

More than meets the eye

Being out of the country for a long time it is easy to be out of touch with the realities of home. Whilst I used to pride myself on being "in the know" of the real issues facing my fellow countryman and where to go to find out what's happening in the country in the last 2 years I've admittedly lost touch. I hope to be able to at least be able to have some awareness of the issues affecting PNG society and at least be able to contribute something and give back.

For a couple of months now I have been receiving a Nasfund email. I'm not sure how I ended up on their mailing list (and I'm a little worried about how I did get on the list) but from the newsletters I have been able to see numerous NGOs and charity organisations that in an ideal world I would love to be active in or contribute in some way-when I say ideal I mean if I had either time or funds to contribute-but I digress.

Given that internet access is still very limited by international standards I was stupidly suprised (I shouldn't have been so ignorant)that a lot of these organisations do have websites-no doubt necessary as a lot of their target audiences will either be in the developed world or the minority in the country who have access to the internet either at work or home.

So here it is, a few PNG/PNG related sites that I didn't know existed:

Another interesting thing I noted in the June 2010 newsletter was the PRIDE OF PNG AWARDS FOR WOMEN 2010. I hope that lots of nominations were made and that women get some shine for their efforts and contributions!
Pride of PNG Awards for Women 2010: “Empowering Women”

Pride of PNG awards for women is a community service initiative by City Pharmacy in recognizing and rewarding simple Papua New Guinean women. This awards program is for the women who are not well-known, they are the simple, ordinary women but contribute immensely to the development of the country through their involvement in various sectors in their community. Women who are volunteers, church leaders, and advocates in major campaigns such as Violence against women, HIV/Aids and gender based issues. Many are single mothers or are in the public servants as teachers or nurses going out of their way to making life better for others. These are everyday Papua New Guinean women who at the end of the day, work for one purpose and that is to make it better for others.

Under the Patronage of His Excellency Grand Chief Sir Paulias Matane, City Pharmacy initiated these awards so there will be an avenue where these women can now have their stories be told, for people to nominate women in this country who they feel deserve the recognition for the work they do.

With the support of Post Courier, the nations leading daily paper, City Pharmacy Limited is the first organization to offer this sort of awarding system to celebrate the lives of many unsung heroes of this nation. It is with pride that there is now a platform of encouragement and a system of empowerment for women as we progress into the future.

For the past 3 years, 6 medals have been awarded annually for the categories of Bravery and Courage, Community Spirit, Environment, Education/Role Model, Young PNG and the Disability.

City Pharmacy has dedicating a decade to these awards and anticipates a clear vision of supporting over 60 women every year. Whether as community workers or as honest long serving public servants in various departments such as health and education, those that volunteer in NGO’s or work with churches. And for the aspiring young Papua New Guineans who prove to promising hope for a better future of this country.

There are 6 categories, includes a replacement category in 2010.
1. Bravery and Courage

4. Environment and
2. Community Spirit

5. Young PNG
3. Care and Compassion (replaces Disability)

6. Education / Role Model

Please nominate an unsung hero today and make them proud that what they are doing is important. The recognition they get breathes new strength and empowerment. It breathes new life.

Nominations forms and brochures are free at all City Pharmacy, Stop n Shop and Hardware Haus branches nationwide and on page 5 of your daily Post Courier or email

Please take time to nominate an unsung hero today. Nominations close on July 16, 2010

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