Hostel to take in victims of sexual abuse

National, Normal

The National, Thursday, April 28, 2011

THE renovated Friendship Women’s Hostel in Boroko will take in victims of sexual violence and families in crisis, Digicel chief executive officer John Mangos says.
Mangos and British High Commissioner Jackie Barson yesterday officiated at the hostel’s reopening.
The K180,000 in renovations was jointly funded by the Digicel Foundation and the British High Commission.
That followed a request from the Boroko Rotary Club.
Mangos and Barson were joined by Digicel Foundation director Marina van der Vlies and members of the Girl Guides Association of PNG, which owns the building, and members of Boroko Rotary Club, which manages the hostel.
“The hostel has served young and single women living and working in Port Moresby since 1970 and has been the only source of income for GGAPNG,” the national president for GGAPNG and women’s representative to the Motu-Koitabu Assembly Keke Loa Reva said.
She thanked Digicel and the British High Commission for supporting the renovations.
Mangos said the aim of the renovation was to make the hostel habitable, safe and self-sustaining as well as producing sufficient income to support both the Port Moresby Girl Guides and the PNG Girl Guides movement.