BY SALWAH KIRK
SOME PNG ATTITUDE READERS may be aware of the very active group called Papua New Guineans Against Domestic Violence (PNGADV) set up by Lydia Kailap and others.
Of the original group, only Lydia is still involved in a big way and she is doing extraordinary work on several fronts.
If you have looked at the PNGADV Facebook page recently, you'll have seen how the numbers are exploding, to the point that we are about to appoint a committee so we can become incorporated and begin to lobby and apply for grants.
The reason I'm writing is to ask if you could encourage the ex-Kiaps group to donate to PNGADV, and/or to join our page and help give comfort to the victims of domestic violence.
For people in Australia, we are about to set up a special centre for donations and in the meantime we can send money to Lydia for current projects. We have some pretty amazing people on board now and it's starting to get exciting.
We would love to be able to train Papua New Guineans in the skills of community recovery and reconciliation by way of scholarships, for instance, and I was thinking that if the ex-Kiap group could be persuaded to donate even just $2 each, that would amount to a tidy sum.
Lydia and Peter Kailap have started the Ricochet Cafe, which sells good quality, huge hamburgers at an affordable price. They got a bunch of street teenagers and trained them in cooking, cleanliness, customer relations and so on, and only in the ninth week were they able to pay them a partial wage.
The kids get fed, of course, and sleep at the cafe, partly to protect it and partly so they have a safe place to sleep. Once Ricochet is fully on its feet they hope to spread into clubs, so more kids can be trained and hopefully kept off the streets.
When you add this to the petitions, street demos and emergency responses the group has organised, you will see how it is gaining momentum.
I'll leave this request with you, to do what you can with. I'm the ex-wife of an ex-Kiap and my first son was born in Mt Hagen in 1969. I grieve at what has happened to this lovely country since independence.