Thursday, 18 August, 2016 – Port Moresby, National Capital District|| Digicel PNG Foundation this week hosted a workshop for 20 Men of Honour award recipients for capacity building to effectively campaign against violence.
Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Beatrice Mahuru said the Men of Honour Award is Digicel PNG Foundation’s innovative campaign against violence in PNG.
“Through our Men of Honour campaign we are asking Papua New Guineans to identify positive male role models in their communities. In honouring the good men of Papua New Guinea, we can use positive behaviour to create the world we want to see.”
The three day workshop that took place at the Digicel Learning and Development Centre, Gordons, saw the 15 current award recipients and the five previous winners of each category go through intensive and thought provoking discussions on truly understanding the roles of men in the community.
Facilitators invited to talk to these Men of Honour Ambassadors included Warrior Culture’s Eddie Aila of Aila Consultants, Fr. Phillip Gibbs of the Divine Word University, Mr. Eddie Sukanaivalu of Digicel Learning Centre and Mrs. Christine Moses of the United Church.
Topics included in the workshop were understanding family and sexual violence, impacts of good men on women and children and roles of men in the society. There were much discussion on the issue of violence especially understanding how they, as recognized Men of Honour, can effectively communicate to change the communities for the better.
“We have learnt and discovered so much about ourselves and about violence. There are discussion issues that are prevalent in our society but do not speak up and speak out about it, so it was good to talk about these issues directly,” Community Ingenuity Award runner up said after day one of the workshop.
These awards are character based and not achievement based. Moreover, recipients become MOH Ambassadors and go on a journey with Digicel PNG Foundation Team, sharing their inspiring stories to campaign against violence in a scheduled roadshow nationwide.
Nominations for the Men of Honour Awards are open and will close on 30 November 2016. Nomination forms can be obtained from Digicel Retail Outlets or through the Digicel PNG Foundation office on 7222 2601 or MenOfHonour@digicelgroup.com
To date Digicel PNG Foundation has funded 474 classrooms and 14 libraries, 22 Mobile Health Clinics, 4 rural Health Aid Posts, 3 Women’s Resource Centres, co-funded 5 Family Support Centres in partnership with UNICEF and NDoH, graduated 261 grassroots community based teachers in early childhood development and learning and over 15,000 men and women are now equipped with basic business skills.
900 people with special needs, their families and communities have been impacted by the Community Based Rehabilitation Program; and the Men of Honour Awards – a campaign against violence in PNG, is the latest to the Foundation’s development portfolio.
Established in October 2008, Digicel PNG Foundation has directly invested K55 million in PNG’s rural, remote and marginalized communities across all 22 provinces directly impacting over 500,000 people.