THE University of Children’s Music and Arts School at Kaugere, in Moresby South, is appealing to individuals and business houses for assistance towards the running of the school.
One of the founders of the school and teacher Lydia Kailap and her husband Peter are appealing for assistance in terms of school stationery, computers and building materials to help extend the classrooms.
Mr and Mrs Kailap, who are residents at Kaugere, started the school in February this year for children who were not able to gain a formal education as well as for starters. The school caters for children between the ages of three to 15 years and currently has about 150 students. It has four outdoor classrooms.
The students are taught the basics as well as arts and music and life skills to help them later on.
The school was fortunate enough to receive some form of assistance when it started and that included some music instruments from the Keynote Music House, two computers donated by the US Embassy, stationery from Theodist, building materials from Monia, Hebou Construction and Cloudy Bay and just this week; Ela Motors donated a truck for the school.
“The community’s response has been really fantastic about the school. It’s for all the (ethnic) groups and is a huge tool in reconciling the community,” Mrs Kailap said.
“We also need other stuff like ink cartridges, old computers and regular donations of food items because we give food to the children as well,” she said.
She thanked all the business houses for their support.
The couple has a long term plan for the school to help the children in their community and in doing so are raising funds.
The Australian High Commission in Port Moresby will be holding its annual ball this Saturday at the Crowne Plaza hotel and all funds raised will go towards the school.
Mrs Kailap is also selling raffle tickets for K20 which will be drawn during the ball on Saturday. About K50,000 worth of prizes are up for grabs all thanks to the generosity of some major business houses in the country.
To purchase the tickets, call Peter or Lydia Kailap on 7239 7490.