I'm going back to Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea soon, 16th of November. From my trip last July, I saw first hand that at least 50 percent of people in PNG are uneducated, 85 percent of the population is unemployed and the median age is about 21, with 40 percent of the population being under 15 years of age. Factors contributing to these statistics include the HIV/AIDS epidemic, poverty and violence.

The children we spent time with during the trek had a massive appreciation for any gifts and time we gave them, whether it be sharing food with them or joining in on their village soccer games. The villages the children lived in were completely self sufficient and they received enjoyment from the simplest gestures. Just seeing how hard these people worked for a living, the conditions they lived in and their amazing positive outlook on life was really inspiring.

The next time I visit I would like to take the local children donated clothing, toys and education materials ... items which are small and unappreciated by us, but would mean a hell of a lot to them! A friend and I are putting together two large shipping pallets of things to send to the children in Papua New Guinea, I'll also take some stuff over personally.

FINALLY I ask if any of you have any items (new or second hand) that you wish to donate and contribute to the pallets ... items include adult and child clothing, toys (preferably practical toys such as sporting equipment, they don't think much of fluffy toys) and learning materials such as stationary packs, note books, drawing/writing materials.

For the next couple of weeks forget about giving old clothes and things to good sammy's and salvos bins... give them to me!! If you're keen to donate anything shoot me a text or facebook msg and we can arrange something - 0400 239 868.

- Jacquelyn Forrest


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