A Place to Find Help, Bougainville

By Partners in International Collaborative Community Aid

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Hako Women's Collective was established in 2006 by local women working to rebuild their communities after a decade of conflict (the "Bougainville Crisis").  The Collective (below), led by their President Dorcas Gano (back, right) are doing incredibly inspiring work.

The women are supported by all the local chiefs and the people of the six villages (60,000 people) in the area.

The Hako area is remote. It is located at the northernmost part of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. Hako is over 60 km from the nearest town, with limited public transport. Most people are subsistence farmers.

 What is the need

There is inadequate health care and education and little employment in Hako.  Most people live in very poor circumstances. There are no local washing/toileting facilities and women escaping domestic violence have to toilet in nearby bushes.

There are many social and economic issues that the Hako Women's Collective are working to address. They are supporting families escaping domestic violence, run parenting education, support people with a disability, and plan to grow and sell nutritious food and much more. The Collective currently operates from a small building with no toilets, washing facilities or kitchen and inadequate meeting space.

 A Place to Find Help

Luman Hipakoko which means A Place to Find Help will be the new base from which the women will work for positive change, through the services they run and the education they provide. They will also create local jobs by operating a canteen for visitors to the centre. Young people will learn new skills helping to build the centre. 

The community is already working on the project preparing the land for building, as can be seen from the photo at the top.

Amber Garde from DFJ Architects (Bangalow NSW), worked with PiCCA and the Collective to design the centre. This is what the completed building will look like:

 What is PiCCA

PiCCA is an Australian not-for-profit that works with communities overseas to deliver projects that improve health, education, livelihood and food security. "PiCCA is determined to support the amazing work Dorcas and her team are doing. The women involved are courageous, caring, enthusiastic and tenacious and they are achieving remarkable things for their community" said PiCCA Chair, Stephanie Boldeman.  

PiCCA and other project partners have provided funds and expertise to build a basic structure but need $26,000 to complete the building, including a kitchen, canteen, shower and toilet. 

Please help the women of Hako realise their dream for the future.

By contributing to this project you can have a direct impact on a truly community-run initiative, improving opportunities for thousands of people. All donations over $2 are tax deductible and every dollar received by PiCCA goes to the project (no PiCCA administration costs). You can also donate to Chuffed - click on the edit button when you donate to make your choice.

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Team Members

Steve Maguire

Helen Dakin

Stephanie Boldeman

Tiziana Miceli

Warren McMillan