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Friday
Jun052015

OFFL Commitment grows Rob and Jan Patterson School Infrastructure

The Rob and Jan Patterson Literacy School in the large village of Wildlife on the outskirts of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, continues to receive 100% support from Operation Food for Life, resulting in the gradual addition of much needed new facilities. This is all due to the dedicated commitment of our volunteers and the generosity our amazing donors whom we thank sincerely for their wonderful and regular continuing support.

Accommodation for Principal and Teachers

Volunteer Principal Ogasta and her husband Daniel had lived in as bad as any structure you will find on the Baruni Rubbish Dump (see photo).       

Now a small house has been built next to the school where the old structure was and during the time of construction Daniel slept in his car (pictured), reading by candlelight.         

 

 

Two volunteer single teachers, Kessner and Kope, who also have been with the school since inception slept where they could. A single room building has now also been built for them.

Dennis Perry and David Williams from Sydney Australia were there in May 2015 to witness the first use of the buildings provided.  As they arrived at the school late May Kessner ran out to the car with screams of happiness and joy. She was overwhelmed OFFL had built a room for her and Kope.

Dennis says, “To be here and witness the emotion when the ladies saw their room and slept in it the first night, was overwhelming. We soon purchased bunks, a single wardrobe and lino for the floor.

See the smiling photos. They speak more than words.

In the photos Kessner Naomi is in blue top and was raised as an orphan in Lae. Kessner has not had a place she could call home for most of her life. Kope Zipora who is in a black top comes from a poor and disadvantaged background.

A life changing event has taken place at the school by doing this project.

Digicel Donation of an open air Classroom

In the last week of May 2015 an "open air classroom" donated to the Rob and Jan Patterson Literacy School was officially opened. A traditional culture program took place at the school to welcome the new addition. 

The new building was donated by Digicel, one of PNG’s leading Telecommunications companies. During the proceedings OFFL thanked Digicel for their donation to the progress and development of the Rob & Jan Patterson literacy school.

The CEO of Digicel PNG speaking at the opening stated that the school was selected because of the excellent academic record of the students during its brief history and the commitment to the School and involvement of, the Wildlife community.

Dennis Perry recalls a comment along the lines below by Ms Deborah Stokes, the PNG Australian High Commissioner when opening an extension to the school last year.

“From small beginnings a seed is planted and bigger things grow”

From humble beginnings, the Rob and Jan Patterson Literacy School is growing.

Giving God the Glory for the Great things he hath done.

 

A general slideshow of these additions and happenings follows:

 

 

 

 

Monday
Apr272015

Improvements Continue at Wildlife OFFL School

Over the last year a number of improvements have been carried out at the Rob & Jan Patterson Literacy School to help the students and teachers better operate the school.

The families of the village are encouraged and inspired by this continuing support of the School by the Operation Food for Life team and the faithful and wonderful support of Donors who make this all possible.  Donors include both those who donate their time free of charge and those that donate money to our funds. It also includes residents of the community that are delighted to help improve “their” school

New Toilets Built

Funds have been used to have 2 toilets built to serve the school. Have a look at the photos to see how these are built in PNG. It is a much appreciated upgrade/addition.

More light for Classrooms

Some of the corrugated roofing has been replaced with clear sheets to improve lighting throughout the building.  This has dramatically improved the teaching atmosphere and more enjoyable class activities due to much better lighting.

Enrolment growing

Teaching space is at a premium at the school so a temporary wall is being erected at the end of the veranda to isolate an area that is being used as a temporary classroom. It is so good to be able to cater for more children that probably may not even been able to access basic education.

Slideshow follows:

Friday
Apr032015

Toys and Books for Kids in Port Moresby, PNG

Thanks to the senior group of volunteers at Peninsula Toy Recyclers (North Shore, Sydney); we will now be able to provide toys to hundreds of poor and disadvantaged children in the areas our volunteers are engaged with in Papua New Guinea.

The organisation also provided much needed early learning education books for the OFFL School at Wildlife, Port Moresby - The Rob and Jan Patterson Literacy School.

Currently nearly 100 children from the poor village the school is located are enrolled. Without education, these children could face an uncertain future.

Photos following:

 

 

Wednesday
Mar252015

Rob and Jan Patterson Literacy School - Special Youth Inclusion 

Because of the high incidence of serious crime and unemployment in Papua New Guinea, youth in particular are considered at high risk to become involved in petty crime, leading them to major criminal activity.

The principle of the Rob and Jan Patterson Literacy School (an Operation Food for Life project to educate poor children) recently "adopted" 51 youth in her poor village to support their spare time sporting endeavours. Combining spiritual care with sport is to encourage and promote role model citizenship.

Photos following are of the Presentation Day at the school when the Rob and Jan Patterson School League teams were presented with their uniforms. Previously they played in a local competition in old clothes.
Just imagine how the youth felt!!! We are making a difference in the lives of so many we touch through our programmes.

A different comment comes from a volunteer who attended this special presentation. “At our last visit to the Rob and Jan Patterson Literacy School in PNG January of this year we presented uniforms for the three grades of Rugby League teams who play under the name of the school. The roar of excitement as the first uniforms were shown to the youth was incredible. Even more so when they found that the coaches and support group all had matching uniforms plus caps as well. You could see their chests swell with pride and there was a lot of smiling all round!”

These youth are proud of their village school and do all they can to ensure a safe environment for the teachers and children at the school. It is important to encourage all the village community to care for each other and support and nurture what has become a central point for their community and that is the Rob and Jan Literacy School.



Tuesday
Mar032015

Who is behind Operation Food for Life (OFFL)

These are the people who set the agenda and are responsible for operating the Australian based Government registered Charity, Operation Food for Life. The photo was taken at the most recent Executive Committee on Wednesday February 25, 2015.

From left to right back row: Rodney Woolley, Dennis Perry, Russell Burlace, Patti Woolley, Tracey Shenton, Elaine Woolley (insert) Front row: David Williams, David Woolley, Marj Perry, Marcia Burlace

OFFL is an incorporated organisation with a tax status* and is required to file an annual return with audited accounts to meet legal requirements. The Executive Committee meets 3 times yearly to review all activities, approve projects, review finances, carry out its statutory requirements and authorise all persons travelling to Papua New Guinea to carry out volunteer work for OFFL. The members of the Executive are all volunteers and give their time freely to advance the work of the charity.

*OFFL is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient which means donations $2 and over are tax deductible for persons required to lodge tax returns in Australia

 

 

 

Tuesday
Feb032015

Hospital visitations give patients hope.

A fresh fruit platter in your hands may be a regular enjoyable part of a meal. Placed in the hands of a patient in the People Living with Aids ward in Port Moresby General Hospital, it is a luxury.

It is six am on a week day morning. We are standing outside Port Moresby hospital with our Operation Food for Life (OFFL) volunteers, preparing for our regular visit to minister to the patients.

Since the early hours of the morning, PNG directors of OFFL have been peeling and washing fruit, making fruit platters in preparation for our visit.

Operation Food for Life is the only organisation which is permitted to do this ministry in the ward.

Following prayer, we make our way to the ward via a number of ramps within the hospital pushing a fully loaded trolley which includes the breakfast fruit platter for our ‘special friends’.

As we make our way to the ward, our thoughts are directed to the high responsibility each one of us has been called to do. We witness to the patients, and in some cases, their families at bedside vigil with their loved ones.

The doors to the ward open. The nursing unit manager has been expecting us.

OFFL volunteers are well known and respected by the hospital administration staff and nurses.

As we cast our eyes to the hospital beds we note the ward is full…. as always, patients in all age groups from babies to the elderly.

Nurses are completing their early morning rounds, one washing a patient, while another is hovering over a patient providing medication.

The echoes of patients coughing is an all too familiar sound, symptomatic of the patient’s condition. 

Phillip Vaki, OFFL PNG Director of Operations, now breaks the silence in the ward by announcing, ‘we come in the name of Jesus’. We then proceed to provide a fresh fruit platter to the patients and families at their bedside and we offer to pray with the seventy plus patients individually.

The nurses are back at their nursing station. We are now positioned at our ‘action stations’. We soon discover, when speaking with patients and families, a number of the patients have tuberculosis.

Over the next two hours prayers at bedsides are heavenward bound. Patients hope and dignity is being restored.

It is time to depart to make way for the doctors to do their rounds. Before we leave, we notice something is dramatically different in the ward, than when we arrived much earlier.

The ward is now noticeably, prayer-conditioned!

Dennis Perry-Operation Food for Life

Photos following:

 

Tuesday
Jan272015

Second Graduation for children at the OFFL Rob and Jan Patterson Literacy School

The Rob and Jan Patterson Literacy School in the village of Wildlife, Port Moresby, has been serving the poor community it is located in for two years.
In this short period of time it has established the highest reputation for providing teaching and learning excellence, with the first graduates last year excelling when moving on to attend Primary School.

Established to serve poor, disadvantaged and forgotten children, the free education provided by quality local national Volunteer teachers at the school is making a significant difference in the lives of the children educated at the school.
In December 2014, another excited 13 children put on their gowns on Graduation Day  to be presented with their certificates which was conducted at the school. And what a happy celebration it was.

Already 80 children are enrolled for this year.
Thank you teachers for your dedication and love for these children and heartiest congratulations to the graduates of 2014.
Photos following:



Wednesday
Dec312014

Professional video of extensive and practical help given by OFFL

Professional video by HOPE CHANNEL on the extensive and practical help  given to the  less fortunate and marginalised in Port Moresby Papua New Guinea, by the volunteers of Operation Food for Life, a registered non profit charity located in Australia.

 Click on this link: VIEW HERE

Friday
Dec052014

FREE OFFER

                                                                                                              

During this year, the Hope Channel Christian Television Network filmed the programs of Operation Food for Life in Papua New Guinea.

This was produced by the network into a half hour inspiring documentary, which will be shown on their networks.

It would be our pleasure to send you a free DVD copy of the documentary on request.

Simply e-mail us with your name and full postal address and one will be posted to you with our compliments.

Our e-mail address is..................... info@offl.org.au

Please note this is a limited offer, and subject to availability.

Operation Food for Life is an Australian Registered Charity.  We have no Payroll. We are proud to all be volunteers, making a significant difference in the lives of others.

Tuesday
Nov182014

International Channel 3ABN interview with founders of Operation Food for Life

Have a look at a recent 2014 interview by International Channel 3ABN, with founders of Operation Food for Life. Click on the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw_yVsBF-vg

 

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