Where we work
The focus of our work is in the villages that make up the Keram River area of the East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea. This area is renowned for it's wood carvings and the people are called the River People because they live on the many river systems that empty into the mighty Sepik River. They are resourceful people surviving on local produce of fish, wild pigs, cocoa, betelnut, coconuts and paw paws.
Below is a photo of a map of the East Sepik Province showing in black pen the river system areas we have visited so far. The Melanesian Evangelical Church of Christ (MECOC) has invited us to this area due to the very high death rate of mothers and babies in their villages. Our aim is to give women health volunteers in remote villages of the Keram River area, training, visual aids and support to be able to pass on knowledge and skills to every household in every village. The education we provide will help the volunteers to teach the women in their village about family planning, healthy pregnancy, birth, nutrition and breastfeeding, and hygiene.