The Digicel Foundation strives to support projects that provide opportunities that will inspire and build positive energy in its citizens, which will in turn lead to stronger, self sufficient communities. The Mobile Learning Centre here in Moitaka community is the realization of Digicel Foundation’s vision to make a difference and play a positive role in peoples lives in PNG.
Through the commitment of Gateway Church, who have been working in PNG over the past 15 years, and the strong leadership of Pastor Kiap and his team a new family Church was started in the Moitaka settlement community catering for 100 children under the age of 15 and their parents. The Gateway Children’s Fund have, in partnership with Gateway church, started a pilot Child Development Programme in this community. The Child Development Programme has 4 levels of development: Child Survival (from birth to 5 years), Child Development (primary & secondary school children), Leadership Development (tertiary education and/or vocational training) and Community Development (sanitation, electricity, infrastructure projects). Rick Paynter, an Australian senior pastor of the Gateway Church, helped build the church and the relationship with the community.
It is the Digicel Foundation’s belief that this Mobile Learning Centre will help the Moitaka community grow even more by giving the community access to a safe and secure community facility to be used as a school, library, resource centre and community learning centre for various kinds of training such as adult literacy, skilled-based training, cooking and sewing for women, and HIV/AIDS awareness depending on the specific needs of the community.
This is only the beginnning as the Digicel Foundation has earmarked several other communities in POM such as Moitaka, Badili, 6 Mile, 9 Mile and Taurama village for the launch of a Mobile Learning Centre over the next month. Digicel Foundation plans on rolling out at least 25 MLC’s in PNG over the next 6 months.Besides the roll out of Mobile Learning Centres the Foundation is completely rebuilding a primary and elementary school with 8 class rooms (including black boards and new school desks), a staff room, a library, a toilet block and a water tank in Barakau village, Central Province within a 4 month time frame. The school launch will take place during November.