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.