School needs more assistance, founder says

The National,Monday June 20th, 2016

Tembari Children’s Care at the ATS settlement in Port Moresby needs more donors and government funding for its operations, says Founder and Chairman Hayward Sagembo.
He told The National that the organisation was funded with K50,000 annually by the Malaysian Association of PNG but the amount was insufficient to sustain operations because the school was growing every year.
“Most of the staff are volunteering because there is not enough money to pay them,” Sagembo said.
Tembari Children’s Care is a community-based school for orphans but since there is no school in the area, it also enrolls other children.
“The pioneer students of Tembari are now in grade five and every year new students are coming in so the number of staff is also increasing,” Sagembo said.
He said apart from the Malaysian Association of PNG, RH Foundation was the major sponsor of Tembari with other sponsors including Kiwi Club, SVS, Pacific Towing, Steamships, Dekenai Construction, Methodist Church, O’Neill Foundation, Digara Construction and Hi-Energy.
RH Foundation had donated 20 desks worth around K6000 to the organisation last Wednesday.
Sagembo said the desks would be given to Grade  Four and Five students to use.