At Links of Hope we are enormously grateful to all those who contributed so generously to our Christmas gift drive to ensure that all 300 of our children received gifts this Christmas. Gifts came from individual supporters, generous donations were given by some of our corporate donors, most notably Svitzer, and some gifts even were shipped in from Australia by some committed and caring sponsors. Over the past 2 weeks we have been distributing gifts to all of our children and in the coming weeks we will be sending out photos of our children to their sponsors, capturing these special moments. In Mount Hagen our Pastoral Care Officer, James, even dusted off his Santa suit again to add to the festivities there.
It has been a tough year again with escalating covid cases in PNG and many of our families being impacted in some way by the pandemic, on top of their usual struggles living impacted by HIV. We have cared for and supported each other and acknowledgements must go out to our dedicated Links of Hope staff who have persevered and shown immense resilience and strength despite the loss of one of our dear colleagues and a pioneering board member.
Tis the season!
We would like to say a special thank you to Green Pastures Church in Port Moresby. For the second year running they have provided Christmas gifts and prayer cards for Links of Hope children. These generous donations enabled us to ensure all 300 children received a gift this holiday season. Thank you for your continued support!
Back-To-School Program 2022 We were delighted to receive the news last week of our successful grant application to the New Zealand High Commission to fund our Back-to-School Program for 2022, which means all our school-aged children in Port Moresby and Mount Hagen will be equipped with uniforms, shoes and scholl bags to head back to school for the year at the end of January. We are very grateful for this generous support and also to our partners Tango Ltd in Port Moresby and Fulco Ltd in Mount Hagen. Tango Ltd have also generously contributed to our Christmas Gift Appeal. Office space For those wondering where Links of Hope operate out of (we are often asked this question), we can be found in Steamships plaza in downtown in Port Moresby. We are indebted to Pacific Palms Property who provide our office space as a donation to our work. and also recently confirmed a 2-year extension to our agreement to utilise the space. More great news to round off our year!
Staff Profile - Nellie Tabie [Office Manager]
Nellie commenced with Links of Hope in November and comes to us with a wealth of experience in HR and Business Management. She has worked in the NGO sector in Papua New Guinea for the past 17 years and her skillset is a perfect fit for our team. She is an excellent administrator with proven skills in people-management and team-building. Nellie is currently studying for her Masters in Business Administration through Divine Word University. Nellie says she is committed to the work of Links of Hope and making a positive impact in the lives of our children and their families. Rugby Champions A final big thanks go out to Nestle in Port Moresby who provided a rugby ball for Christmas for all our children in Port Moresby. We look forward to utilising these at our Community Rugby Champions Tournament in February, hosted by FissPotts Rugby Club and funded by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives.
Merry Christmas from our founders John + Deborah Bromley, and all of our staff at Links of Hope PNG. We thank you greatly for all of your support in 2021, and look forward to continuing to partner with you in 2022.