Bougainville is one of our poorest neighbours in Oceania and has suffered from civil war and unrest as well as the exploitation of mining and forestry interests. Last year the country gained its status as the “Autonomous Region of PNG” with their own elected President and government.
Many of the school facilities are basic ‘bush buildings’ and are deteriorating quickly. They are at risk to weather and other events of nature are totally inadequate to create an atmosphere for education and learning.
Cameron, our Marist seminarian who is studying in Rome, grew up in the District of Buin but due to the conflict and violence of the civil war, his family relocated to a safer part of the country.
St Raphael’s Primary School serves 200 children of six to nine year of age. This project is to fund building of a classroom block with two class rooms. Fr George Baruka sm, the Project Manager, said ‘that the project will enhance both learning and teaching, and help in the overall building of the school ethos and the students’ self- confidence’.
The school is currently being supported with the building of a similar classroom block. These two new classroom blocks will make an enormous difference to a small village community and the District. This will be the beginning of a new era of healing and hope.
Your generous support will assist in the building of a new classroom block for the children at St. Raphael’s Primary School, District of Buin, Bougainville.