The Digicel Foundation first came in contact with the Morata 4 community via the WeCARe Foundation, a non profit orgaqnisation which focuses on supporting young women and children whom are at risk of being abused. One of the WeCAre groups is in Morata 4. The Group Carer, Theresa, a divorced mother of 3 children, runs the group here under and inside her house. The pre-school with 30-40 children operates under her house, with volunteer mothers as teachers, while she gives sewing and cooking classes to other women from the community inside her house. It has been very successful with the women being able to sell their goods at the market and earning money to buy a few sewing machines and money for school fees. The problem Theresa was facing however was that her house was getting to small to use as a pre-school and for her cooking and sewing classes. When the Digicel Foundation went out with WeCAre Founder, Father John Glynn, to visit Theresa and experienced the great community work she is doing the idea came up to roll out a Mobile Learning Centre, opposite her house, on an empty plot of land. With this extra resource centre she would be able to expand her activities with infrastructure to use for pre-school and other classes as well as secure storage for materials. The Boroko Rotary kindly donated the 2nd hand container that was used to construct the MLC.
It is the Digicel Foundation’s belief that this Mobile Learning Centre will help the Morata 4 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 beginning as the Digicel Foundation has earmarked several other communities in POM such as 6 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.