The online education that is currently offered at Hope Academy provides an excellent education, but currently fees are prohibitive for families of the lowest income. Funds have been distributed for the research and development of more affordable technology to solve this issue. This technology has been researched and developed in Canberra and has reached prototype phase. It is currently being further developed and tested in PNG and has been called the “Moodle Box”. The device essentially allows students to download their online classes to a mobile phone or tablet device and study in remote locations. Individual e-boxes are planned to be distributed to students with professionally produced class material at a low cost. Additionally, learning centres are planned to be set-up in locations where students can receive additional support. The Moodle Box offers ways of extending online education far beyond its present reach to other parts of PNG. With continued support and research, millions of young people in developing countries of the world, particularly in refugee camps could have access to a high quality education. For more information click here
In 2018, MOM renewed our partnership with St. Elizabeth as was required for medical needs. The most recent Economic Survey (2017-2018) indicates only 0.91% of the country’s GDP is spent on healthcare, providing stability but not the amount required for growth. For MOM, distributing funds to healthcare objectives is of particular concern because we wish to continue supporting St Elizabeth’s philosophy of providing the best possible care at the lowest possible price, whilst also encouraging facility improvement.
Therefore, in 2018 MOM we were excited to be able to provide the hospital with a new Perkins 165 kVA generator to replace one that had been in regular daily use since 2005, and was prone to continual and expensive break-downs. For more information click here
Paraíso is the most distant and smallest community of the parish of Los Santos Arcangeles, Lima, Peru. People mostly live in houses made of cardboard, planks, and damp, dirt floors. Until recently there was no water nor wastewater system and the community had very limited access to doctors or medicine. Consequently, there were high rates of: undernourishment of children under 5 years of age; children who do not receive their normal infancy inoculations; intestinal parasites in children and adults; as well as bronchial problems.
Thanks to the support of MOM, in September 2009 we opened the first stage of our medical centre. This gave us a reception/admission office, two consultation rooms for general medicine, an office for our centre coordinator and social worker. Later, in 2011 we opened a second stage. In all, MOM has supported this project with $60,000. Our hope since we began in 2007 has been to hand our project over to the Peruvian Ministry of Health in order to gain better and more consistent medical support for this isolated population.
The new centre will be a referral centre for all mental health needs for the North of Lima. It will also provide State funded general health services to the local people, State subsidised medicines as well as monthly ‘campaigns’ which offer specialised consultations for the locals. This new service, available largely due to your support in an area of Lima that had for so long been neglected by the State, will greatly enhance the quality of life for the needy locals. Congratulations and thanks to all MOM supporters. For more information click here
We focused on updating educational resources and increasing the ability for children, particularly young girls, to attend quality schools. In two communities located in the heart of the Old City in Jerusalem, access to education has been enhanced due to MOM projects. Students at Our Lady of Pilar School are enjoying new educational equipment and the Sisters of Notre Dame de Sion are providing fee-relief to the poorest families. For more information click here.
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny operate out of a central facility in Port Moresby where they coordinate regional projects and provide support for students transitioning from the isolated mountain regions to Port Moresby. One of their local initiatives includes the Street Ministry Project that aims to support struggling youth and provide them with a basic education.
Throughout 2018 the Sisters worked closely with communities in the capital, Port Moresby, as well as the remote regions of Bema and Kanabea. The works of our combined efforts are centred around increasing opportunities for young Papuans to attend schools and achieve university qualifications. For more information click here