October 2013 marked an important month for the people of Papua New Guinea. Construction began on schedule for the Kokoda College, a state-of-the-art training facility based in Kou-Kou village along the Kokoda Track. The Kokoda Track Foundation’s most ambitious project to date, this College will train desperately needed elementary teachers, primary teachers and community health workers for PNG.
The rainy season arrived early this year in the Oro Province, causing some delays, however there has still been steady progress on the build. We currently have a team working tirelessly on the ground in PNG for the development of the College, and Petra Arifeae, our project manager, is also on site to oversee. The College is projected to open its doors at the end of 2014, and within its first 3 years of operation will train enough professionals to meet the needs of the entire Kokoda catchment area.
While the Kokoda College continues to remain our main focus, our other KTF projects are still going strong, providing support in education, health, microbusiness and community development across 40 villages along the Kokoda Track. Our annual Ralph Honner Oration Dinner saw fantastic results, and our ‘Krismas Givim’ campaign has recently launched for the holiday season.
As always, we are extremely appreciative to the Australian public’s generosity and support in the work that we do.