The National, Wednesday 15th May 2013
WeCare! – an organisation based in Port Moresby is helping to serve the needy and poor, disabled, marginalised and abandoned young women and children to become valuable citizens in the country.
The aim of the non-profit organisation is to make them become good, decent, valuable and productive citizens in Papua New Guinea.
“WeCare! care groups are run by volunteers and its programmes are usually held at the backyard of care mothers,” a volunteer said.
“The care groups have become a focal point in communities where people work towards a common cause and are able to seek information and help when the need
“We believe that more than 50% of children in PNG do not continue on to high school; and even those lucky enough to attend are more likely to drop out.
“Young girls especially do not complete their education and so are vulnerable and dependent.
“We help these young women by providing access to training courses or money earning projects such as poultry farming or floristry.
“Many of the children in our care groups are orphans or come from single parent families.
“They all live in extreme poverty therefore we help to pay for their school project fees and school uniforms.
“Life for those living with disabilities is extremely difficult in the poorest societies.
“Many do not seek services as they do not know where to go; there is no suitable transport and they do not have the money to pay.
“Through the WeCare community groups we seek medical attention, provide basic necessities and basic aids such as crutches or wheelchairs where appropriate.
“The strength of our operation is in the initiation and support community-based groups that reach out to help members within the local settlement.”