Being inspired by the 2017 School theme, the 2017 Project focuses our fundraising efforts to support Mercy Works in Papua New Guinea in the Mt Hagen and Goroka regions. We are confident of every success this year in meeting the goals to fund local community programs which will bring about improvement and change for the better.
There is an urgent need to support drop-in centres for information, referrals and human rights awareness raising days related to issues of domestic violence, health, anger management and substance abuse. We look forward to being further informed about the issues that face one of our closest neighbours. We know that it is a country which has the worst health status in the Pacific with forty percent of the population living on less than $1 a day. On the UN human development indicator scale, it is one of the lowest in the world being one hundred and fifty-seven out of one hundred and eighty-seven. It is also a country of a rich and diverse cultural history where many people are working for enduring change which will continue to build vibrant and healthy communities.
We look forward to a very generous response to the aims of the project throughout the many initiatives during the year.