St Vincent de Paul keeping disadvantaged in its care


Disadvantaged and marginalised members of the Port Moresby community will continue to receive help from the Catholic Church’s St Vincent de Paul Society.
The mental health patients at the Laloki Psychiatrist Hospital outside Port Moresby, victims of gender-based violence, inmates at Bomana prison and homeless children in the care of City Mission and Holy Name of Jesus Parish at Bomana will benefit from a K18,000 funding provided by PNG Ports Corporation Limited to support the work of St Vincent de Paul Society this year.
PNG Ports managing director Stanley Alphonse said they will continue the partnership after considering the good work by the charity organisation after its initial
funding of K16,000 to cover its operations in the past two years was exhausted.
St Vincent de Paul Society is the first civil society to pick up the funding from PNG Ports this year.
PNG Ports is expected to continue to provide support to community-based groups throughout the country.
Alphonse said: “Like every other businesses in PNG, we are being affected by the economy in general, however, we do put aside a small budget to provide assistance to organisations like St Vincent de Paul.
“This is our way of telling our people that we are part of their community and we want to be involved with in lives.”
In a letter to Alphonse last month acknowledging PNG Ports’ support, St Vincent de Paul president Salome Kair Aba thanked trhe firm for the funding and transport support for her organisation.
“As a charity-based organisation, St Vincent de Paul Society strives to be an efficient vehicle through which necessary resources are mobilised and delivered to where it is needed most,” she said.
“With assistance from corporate bodies like PNG Ports, St Vincent was able to reach out to these people, without which they would have gone hungry, have no clothing, get no training, feel hopeless and depressed.”