Digicel Foundation

​Double Independence celebrations for rural school

“To be funded a classroom is a blessing but to be rewarded with a library is a beautiful miracle!” Waima Elder Baki exclaimed at the opening ceremony.

The Waima Elementary School was established in 1995 by the United Church mission agency. It has classes from E prep to E1-2.

In 2015, they successfully applied for a double classroom worth K140,000. In the ensuing years, this humble little school in the village continued to show sustained improvement in attrition, increased enrolment in numbers, clean school grounds and they even built a picket fence to keep animals out.

Digicel Foundation: Education a key priority

The library is courtesy of Digicel PNG Foundation' rewards program.

The fully kitted library comes 2 years after the donation of the elementary classroom.

Before officially opening the library, Digicel PNG Foundation CEO, Beatrice Mahuru said education is the single biggest investment by Digicel PNG through the foundation.

"Human Resource is the most valuable assert any community and country has. Oil, gas and the extractive industry will deplete one day, but Human Resource will remain" she said.

​New learning centre for Gabagaba

CLC Kapa Structure for Gabagaba is expected to improve the village’s efforts and capacity in early childhood learning.

Yet, it is sad to say that many of these young enthusiastic learners, who strive every day to learn the alphabet, only enter into a formal education system where not all of them will have the opportunity to go further.

Gabagaba United Church chairman, Miria Ume, put that into perspective saying that early childhood learning is the first step at trying to bridge that widening gap.

Education gives children opportunity

This was highlighted at the recent launch of a new double classroom building at the Simola primary school along the Mushu coastline of the Vanimo Green District, Sandaun province.

Education is the single biggest opportunity that can be given to a child, and for this reason Digicel PNG Foundation is committed to delivering quality classrooms all around the country.

These classrooms can aid to help children have an environment that is conducive to their education.

‘We are all warriors and protectors of our communities’

Narara was invited by the Digicel PNG Foundation CEO Beatrice Mahuru to speak to recipients of the 2017 Men of Honour event at the Stanley Hotel on Saturday April 29, 2017.

In the third part of Granger Narara’s speech, he tells of his experiences and how a small group of Papua New Guineans pioneered flying in the early days.

He continues the third part of this speech …

Meet the 2017 Digicel Men of Honour!

Puana was one of 17 finalists nominated by an independent panel of judges made up of MoH inaugural winner Jimmy Drekore, Cassaundra Rangip, Dr Eric Kwa, David Terry, Sarah Haoda and new judges Betty Lovai and Dadi Toka Jnr.

After taking out the Ela Motors Education Champion Award category, Puana was voted by the judges as the most outstanding Man of Honour among other category winners because of his selfless pursuit of education for his people.

The recognition was bestowed at the prestigious Gala Event that took place last weekend at the Stanley Hotel in Port Moresby.

Granger Narara: My father, my ‘Man of Honour’

During the gala ‘black bowtie only’ event, held at Stanley Hotel in Port Moresby on the night of Saturday April 29,  he also spoke about his “most memorable moment” when he highlighted his 41 year flying career.

The memorable moment  occurred on March 30th, 2013 and was the flight He conducted on an A330 from Abu Dhabi to Brussels, Belgium with his son Nigel as my co-pilot.

Legacy of cricket enthusiast honoured

Today (4 April) marks the 11th Anniversary of the passing of the Late William Arua Rarua of Hanuabada Village, who was the founder of the Liklik Cricket Competition, which began 19 years ago.

According to Seura Loa, cricketer and co-founder of Liklik Cricket, the late Rarua wanted to start up a competition for the young children in Hanuabada Village that would occupy them during the school holidays.

Granger Narara graces Men of Honour gala night

Many who were present had only heard of the name Granger Narara who was flying A330 aircrafts from Abu Dhabi to destinations around the world, but on Saturday night they had a chance in a lifetime to meet this humble yet, living PNG icon.

Captain Narara told his story of his life from a simple village in Milne Bay to being and International Airline Pilot and how he has guided his brother and son to follow in his footsteps.

High flying pilot to speak at MOH night

The Men of Honour Awards is Digicel Foundation’s innovative campaign against violence, designed to create conversation around the issue for a pendulum shift in the attitudes by recognising ordinary men doing extraordinary deeds.

Digicel Foundation CEO, Beatrice Mahuru, said she was excited to hear the story of Captain Narara, whose tale of hard work and commitment can raise locals to become demanded international human resource.