PNG HIGHLANDS GETS $614,000 FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Oct. 8) – Community Development Scheme, one of Australian Aid projects is leading in the Highlands Region with funding of 44 various projects worth over K2 million (US$614,000).

This was revealed by the Highlands Regional AusAID coordinator Francis Kup.

Mr Kup was speaking last week at Keltiga Village out side of Mount Hagen during the signing of a grand agreement between the Kuimaipana Womens' Association for a funding of K43,012 to complete their resource center. 

Mr Kup said in order to be eligible to get a funding from the Community Development Scheme, one has to work before seeking assistance.

"Money is not a problem as long as your community is organized and following right procedures; we will be assisting to facilitate," he said.

The outcome of the applications set for projects funding to the Office of the Community Development Scheme based in Mount Hagen depends on reports by the field officers, which have to be transparent and smart.

The Western Highlands province has set a record with the Community Development Scheme by getting four supplementary funding to complete four projects in different areas in the province.

The Kuimaipana women's resource center was one of the existing projects, which got the supplementary funding after a delay.

Mr Kup said these projects had to be completed having such reasons initially to show that the AusAID project of Community Development Scheme is organized and not a failure.

The Community Development Scheme is mainly focused at assisting projects, which are community-based and not government oriented projects, he said.

Meanwhile President of the Kuimaipana Women Association Anna Minimbi thanked the Community Development Scheme Office in Mt Hagen for coming to their assistance.

Minimbi whose association has over 400 women members will benefit from this project will serve as a training center, conference room and part guesthouse.

She said this would be the first community-oriented project in her village.

October 8, 2003

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