THE Hako Women’s Collective, working in the north of Buka Island in Bougainville is in urgent need of money to pay for work on their new Resource Centre in Ngalkobul Village.
The women have been doing wonderful work as a grassroots organisation managing some critical issues in post-conflict Bougainville, including sustainable development, food security, justice, education and training, and women’s health and safety.
The collective receives grants from the Autonomous Bougainville Government and international organisations for specific programs. But they need additional support to keep the Resource Centre going.
A serious difficulty arose due to a shortfall in promised grant money and, even worse, the collective’s bank rejected another grant payment that the women had received in good faith.
I’ve kicked in $500 to help out and I’m sure our readers can do so by contributing any amount, no matter how small, to assist achieve the funding target of $5,000.
When I last checked the funding website, which you can access here to make a donation, about $2,000 had been received.
Hako Women’s Collective is run entirely by volunteers and tries to cover its operating costs through small business enterprises which also provide training opportunities.
The Resource Centre will provide a base for the collective and it will have an office, a small library and space for meetings and training sessions.
It will deliver community services such as a safe house for women escaping domestic violence (Meri Seif Ples) and completing work on the centre is essential to establish new projects and enterprises.
My donation went with my “best wishes to the stalwart women of Bougainville - community builders and peace makers”.
Please do what you can to help.
For more information about the Hako Women’s Collective, see their website here.
The women are resourceful and will make any money go a long way. If you are able to make any donation, it will make a difference.
Once again, you can donate funds at this site.