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Official Opening of the Operation Food for Life Born Free Sanctuary

The Official Opening of the Operation Food for Life Born Free Sanctuary was held earlier
this week in Port Moresby, PNG.
A Great programme was presented giving God the praise and also
appreciative remarks to all donors, advocates and prayer warriors who made
this fantastic facility possible. Young people in need are being lovingly
cared for in this remarkable place. 






Operation Food for Life Junior Ambassadors


We are proud to introduce you to Junior Ambassadors Lara Hawkins and Olivia Morton.

Today Dennis Perry presented both a OFFL Certificate of Appreciation for their exciting innovative fund raising venture which will benefit children at risk, who live at the OFFL Born Free Sanctuary in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Lara and Olivia have painted eye catching designs on casual shoes which will play an important part in their fund raising endeavors.

Visit their Facebook page, Little Hand Creations for more information.

And a huge note of appreciation from all the children at the Sanctuary who will directly benefit from their fund raising initiatives.




Operation Food for Life providing breakfast for school children in Papua New Guinea

Thank you Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing Company for providing healthy and
delicious portable breakfasts for children, from a poor village who attend
our Operation Food for Life Rob and Jan Patterson Literacy School in Port
Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Our PNG Directors Phillip and Maureen Vaki were
on hand to serve the children Sanitarium Weet-Bix Go Breakfast Biscuits to
many very happy and excited children. When asked to thank Sanitarium.....
......."no the children said with big smiles....... it's Sanitariu.....yummm!"


Explore our Website to read more amazing projects Operation Food for Life is engaged in.


Continuing original purpose for Operation Food for Life (OFFL)

Just a few days ago the OFFL team paid a regular visit to the main rubbish dump for Port Moresby to distribute food and talk to families that live on and around that site. 

The plight of people living on and around rubbish dumps in some of the main towns and cities of the Pacific Island countries was the original inspiration for the establishment of OFFL to help provide all forms of support and care. 

We remain committed to our original purpose amongst the varied areas of care we now provide.

Photos follow:


Transforming the Abandoned into Abundant Love - The story of young Elijah June 9, 2016

Meet Elijah Dickson aged 13 years old of Oro and East New Britain parentage who was abandoned by his father and found sleeping on a cold pavement in front of the Bank of South Pacific at Boroko, Port Moresby.

Less than a week ago, Elijah was sighted by a Good Samaritan who, knowing about Operation Food for Life’s (OFFL) Born Free Sanctuary, made a call to Director OFFL Philip Vaki to pick this child up. Elijah was picked up at 9.30pm and brought to the Born Free Sanctuary where he was given a warm shower, new clothes to wear, a hot meal to eat, and a clean bed to lay his head for the night.

The next day Elijah told of his plight to Philip Vaki that he couldn’t attend school because he didn’t have a school uniform. Elijah explained that as a result he came looking for his father who had in fact abandoned his mother and other sibling a week ago. Elijah wanted to find his father for money to buy a new school uniform however the father was nowhere to be found in the city. With no bus-fare to go back home, Elijah ended up sleeping in front of the Bank.

Deeply touched by the plight of young Elijah, OFFL Director Philip Vaki took Elijah the next day to the shop where he bought Elijah a pair of school uniforms. Interestingly on that same day, OFFL was scheduled to visit prisoners at Bomana’s MSU Prison with 100 Grade 3 and Grade 5 student volunteers from the Koiari Park Adventist Primary School. Elijah ended up volunteering to be part of that visit in which he truly enjoyed and was richly blessed as he served nutritious fruits and gave out toiletries. 



Born Free Sanctuary Finished and Occupied

In mid May 2016 the project was completed for providing accommodation for the large number of children now under the care of the the Vaki Family in Port Moresby in Papau New Guinea. See the following pictures showing the finishing stages and furnishing of the new rooms.





Report from Team Member Jim Hawkins on the ground now in Port Moresby

"Feel Soooooo excited to be able to see the completion of the Sanctuary
Project here in Port Moresby today. A place for disadvantaged, unwanted kids
to soon call home. 12 months ago this was a dream for the team at Operation
Food for Life, through so many generous donations from many of you which we
are extremely grateful this is now reality. 30+ kids No longer will be
living in tents & pallet humpies but a home which is dry, safe & a place
they will be loved. Amazingly blessed Project which could see hundreds of
kids' lives changed & have a future".


Mr Philip Ruddock MP continues as our much appreciated Australian Patron

The Hon Philip Ruddock MP is our much appreciated Australian Patron for Operation Food for Life. As the current longest serving Member of the  Australian Parliament it is a great honour to have his valuable support. 
Shortly he will retire from the Australian Parliament after serving for 42 years...the second longest Member of Parliament in history and take up a new role as Special Envoy for Human Rights. Mr Ruddock has been a very active advocate for Operation Food for Life and has been very pleased to write a message of support for Operation Food for Life which is copied below. He will continue to be our Patron.    


Progress continues with Born Free Building Project


Great leaps forward with Born Free Sanctuary Building Project

Over the last few weeks tremendous progress has been made with the project under the supervision of Jim Hawkins in Australia.

The roof is now on with electrical wiring and roof plumbing nearly complete. Phillip and Maureen Vaki and all the 30+ precious people now living under care on this property are highly excited and very happy the build is coming to life. Thank you to all the donors you have given to this project and to Jim Hawkins for his valiant undertaking of completing a triathlon just over a week ago, especially to raise funds for this project..... over A$14000  was raised by Jim's effort. See further photos of the build: