Mendi school grateful to Unicef for assistance after earthquake


STUDENTS, teachers, and parents of Topa Primary School in Upper Mendi, Southern Highlands, have thanked Unicef for its assistance after last year’s earthquakes.
This was in the areas of health, nutrition, education, child protection and water and sanitation hygiene.
Unicef regional director for East-Asia and Pacific, Karin Hulshof, visited the school on Thursday with PNG representative David Mcloughlin and provincial administrator Joseph Cajetan.
Hulshof said early childhood began at home where parents should take care and know well their responsibility.
“All these programmes delivered should start at home where parents have to teach them,” she said.
Hulsholf also delivered reading books and teachers’ learning kits.
“You have to take care of the facilities and look after them so that they can benefit the future generation,” she said.
Hulsholf also visited the Mendi Provincial Hospital, met with health workers and saw Unicef-supported interventions in nutrition and immunisation.
Unicef, working with national and provincial governments and organisations helped the victims and promote education and health.
It worked with national and provincial health, education, community development, Catholic Diocese of Mendi, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (Adra), Evangelical Church of PNG, and Save the Children to support the people.