YWCA receives funding from New Zealand

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THE YWCA (Young Women Christian Association) Port Moresby branch received K47,914 from the New Zealand international aid and development programme small projects scheme.
YWCA executive director Okera Amini said she was delighted to receive the funding and thanked the New Zealand High Commission for their support.
She also commended New Zealand for its ongoing contribution to the social and economic well being of disadvantaged groups in PNG.
Ms Amini said the YWCA was one of the oldest NGOs established in PNG, and had been providing important services in the area of adult literacy and other livelihood skills on a non profit basis for disadvantaged mothers and men in settlement areas of Port Moresby.
She said the funds would be used to renovate three training rooms which have been in a rundown state since the 1990s.
The end result should provide a good learning environment for the training programmes, as well as boost the capacity of the management to network with other partners to address the issue of illiteracy in Port Moresby.
She said eradicating illiteracy was important for development in PNG.
Without being able to read and write, people find it difficult to find employment and to contribute meaningfully to the development of the country, she said.