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Strengthening partnerships

In recent weeks, the Femili PNG team has been thrilled to sign Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with three important partners – the Lae District Court, the Division of Community Development in the Morobe Provincial Government and the Lae Provincial Police.

The MOUs formalise the strong partnership between Femili PNG and these organisations, and highlight their dedication to achieving better outcomes for survivors of family and sexual violence.

Read more about the importance of these MOUs on our website.

To the courtroom and beyond

Kath Taplin has joined the team this month as our Canberra-based Senior Development Manager. Previously a senior manager in the aid program, Kath brings a wealth of experience to the job. She visited the Femili PNG team in Lae this month, and wrote about the way that Femili PNG’s case workers support clients through the Lae District Court process to access Interim Protection Orders.

“Here, women who have never before set foot in the courtroom, some of whom cannot read and write, are trying to understand how the court works and how they should present their stories. It is an alien world, a far cry from the settlements and villages where time and stories flow differently.

Many of the woman have lived through machete attacks, bloody beatings, and have had their children hidden from them. How do they convey their stories effectively to an overworked magistrate with a never-ending caseload?

The messy facts must be neatly presented, the paperwork in order and the evidence strictly relevant. Betty and the Femili PNG team work hard to make sure this happens.”

Read the full story on our website.

Femili PNG exceeding client number targets

After just nine months of operation, Femili PNG is exceeding its targets for the number of new clients at the case management centre (CMC) each month.

The strong demand is a testament to the huge need for support and integrated case management for survivors of family and sexual violence in Lae.

As the figure below shows, the number of new clients accessing Femili PNG’s services has been growing, and is now well above the target of 25 new clients a month.

Supporting the growing number of clients will require hiring more case workers, who perform a vital and challenging job – you can support Femili PNG work to help more survivors by making a donation.

Making a difference

The important role that case workers play is reflected in the story of a client who was recently repatriated to Port Moresby by Femili PNG, in collaboration with partner organisations. The client had faced ongoing intimate partner violence and sexual violence from her husband since the start of her marriage. All of her children showed physical signs of malnutrition and one was hospitalised. Femili PNG arranged safe house accommodation for the woman and her children, where they stayed for seven weeks while waiting for the outcome of legal proceedings. Femili PNG supported the client as she reported her case to the police. The husband was arrested and charged.

Femili PNG worked closely with the Child Protection Officer of the Welfare Department in Port Moresby, who conducted further family assessment work in Port Moresby prior to the repatriation occurring, collected the repatriated mother and children at Jackson airport, initiated re-integration with the family and purchased goods to assist the woman to start a small business in Port Moresby. 

Read more client stories here.

New resources for Lae Provincial Police

In addition to working directly with clients, Femili PNG has provided material support to some partner organisations to assist them in their own work to support survivors. After the signing of the MoU between Femili PNG and the Lae Provincial Police, the Police were provided with a computer, printer and two filing cabinets. This donation will assist the Provincial Police to issue Interim Protection Orders (IPOs) more effectively, and to file clients’documents securely.

In recent months, we have also supported a local safe house to build secure fencing and improve its facilities, and have provided driving lessons to a female police officer so that she can issue IPOs.

Mundango Abroad supports Femili PNG’s work

Mundango Abroad, a philanthropic fund that focuses its support on Papua New Guinea, has provided us with a generous $30,000 AU grant to assist Femili PNG in helping more survivors.

We’ve also been fortunate in recent months to receive support from some local businesses in Lae. Find out more on our Partners page.

If your organisation would like to support Femili PNG’s work, contact info@femilipng.org or donate online.

Sponsor Stephen and Clare in the Canberra Half Marathon

Our Management Committee chair Stephen Howes and his wife Clare will be running the Canberra Half Marathon on May 24 to raise funds for Femili PNG—support their team here. All donations are tax deductible.

Stephen and Clare are the first to make use of our new team fundraising platform.  If you have your own personal challenge or event planned and would like to support our work, you can create your own team page to collect donations online and track progress on your fundraising goal. If you have any questions on team fundraising, contact us at info@femilipng.org.

Donate to Femili PNG

Thank you to everyone who has donated to us through our AFAP website: our partnership with AFAP allows us to provide tax-deductible donations. 95% of the funds you donate will support our project. If you haven’t yet, please consider making a one-off or, even better, a monthly donation. We undertake to provide you with information about the work your donation contributes towards via the Femili PNG Updates and Annual Report describing achievements, challenges and planned future directions. Of course, you can also contact us at info@femilipng.org to discuss how Femili PNG helps survivors of violence.
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Femili PNG's Lae Case Management Centre is supported by the Australian aid program, Oxfam PNG and other partners.
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