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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:






Work is steadily progressing in the build of extra accommodation for many young people taken in to the family of Phillip and Maureen Vaki our Directors of Operations in Port Moresby PNG. For further information see previous news items as below:


Check out the photo record of the work:



Papua New Guinea friday Jan 21, 2015

For over 14 years Operation Food for Life has been ministering to our "family" in Bomana

Women’s Prison near Port Moresby. A very special time today having Megan Bayliss continuing a two day training program with the ladies. Teaching them life skills which will help them have a sustainable income when released. Phillip Vaki our PNG Director took an inspiring worship service, giving each one hope and dignity, reminding each one that that God loves them and so do we. We then prepared and served a delicious fellowship lunch, which is a luxury meal for each one. As we departed we were embraced by the ladies. We make friends with strangers. Our new friends become part of our family. “The family of God." For I was in prison and you visited me.  Dennis Perry


My awesome firsthand experience


I wish to dedicate this to people behind Operation Food for Life, having recently experienced firsthand what they do in Papua New Guinea.
The PNG Directors Phillip and Maureen Vaki have decided to give their whole life to helping their country. At the same time looking after up to  30 children and teens who were abandoned by their parents  The very same kids are now preparing food packages and going out handing out food and toys to those in need. 

This trip was a life changing experience for me and I certainly see things in a whole new perspective, we honestly have it all here back in Australia, yet we complain and we're never happy, whilst there are people happy to have some food and shelter.

Some of our goals we are now aiming for are to obtain a school bus so we can pick up the children from the rubbish dump and take them to school so we can break the cycle of them staying there and to raise funds to extend the born free sanctuary where the 30+ children are staying.

Lastly I'd like to thank the absolute perfect team during this whole program, you guys are amazing human beings and I hope we can do this every year - Jim Hawkins, David Williams, Megan Bayliss, Dennis Perry and 
 and my amazing parents Julia and Simon Legian for taking me.

Jeremy Tegan



Grateful for the opportunity to help others 


I just wanted to say on behalf of Simon my husband and my son Jeremy that we're grateful
for the opportunity to be involved with OFFL. All of us recently travelled to Papua New Guinea as volunteers to help support the many projects the incredible and inspiring ministry in which Operation Food for Life is engaged. Many of which, occur are in areas of indescribable poverty.

It was a total life changing and soul enriching experience for all of us - especially for young Jeremy. He's more determined than ever to serve the underprivileged. (See his personal thoughts in a following article).

I'm so proud and happy to be part of your wonderful organisation. It's also a
great comfort and so wonderful to know that all of the volunteer staff
from Australia, PNG and around the world are unpaid volunteers and donate
their time, put their lives at risk every day, working 24/7 going to
places that many other charities will not dare to go because the work is
just too dangerous or confronting. More importantly I'm impressed with
the stewardship demonstrated  and used with  donated funds given by kind and generous
people It's rare to see these days that 80% of the funds donated
to a charity org goes directly to the people in need.
Julia Legian



Born Free Sanctuary takes shape…. meet some of the Children who will benefit

Slowly but surely the work is progressing to provide lots of extra accommodation for the large number of young people the Vaki’s have taken into their home. See this link for the background to this project. Laundry has been relocated and excavation has begun... see slideshow:


Stories of some of the children at the Born Free Sanctuary. 

Marida (left) aged 13 years has been living with the Vaki’s for three (3) years. She comes from a broken home where a single parent finds it a great struggle to provide for all the children.


     Helen aged 14 comes from a broken home and has been living with the Vaki's for four (4) months now. Helen’s dad passed away when she was 5 years old and once again a struggle existed to provide for the needs of all those left behind.           

Martha and Margaret aged 15 are identical twins and come from another broken home. They have been living with the Vaki’s for eight (8) months as they do not have a home. Pictured with Phillip Vaki PNG OFFL Director. 

Keren aged 17 is a village girl that came to the city of Port Moresby looking for a better education and had no  relatives or no place to stay so the Vaki’s accommodated her. She has been living at the Vaki home for 12 months. Her education is being cared for as well.

Doronice and Phoebe (two girls wearing black skirts holding caps) are sisters and come from yet another broken home. They have been living with the Vaki family for 2 years.

Anitha is a 15 year old girl who has been living with the Vaki’s for 1 year now. Anitha has severe visual impairment. Due to severe poverty she was unable to receive the proper care she needed but has received fantastic advice from Specialists in Sydney to help her proceed to a better life with her sight. 


Moses (boy in picture with a basket around his neck) aged 17 comes from another broken home. His dad died when he was 15 and this created great strain in the family so he left home. Moses has been living with the Vaki’s for 6 months.

This is Wendy she is 9 and comes from another broken home. Her dad died and she has been moving from house to house and been mistreated in many ways so the Vaki’s opened their arms to her. She has been only been living with them for just over a week now. (Note workman in background as Stage two of the Born Free Sanctuary progresses)

Julie aged 9 and once again comes from a broken home and where there is no work a single parent finds it very hard to provide for all her children. Julie has been living at the Vaki home for 2 years. Note the tent in the back yard which along with many other tents help accomodate the children seeking refuge.