31 Jul 20
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The families along the Kokoda Track are suffering greatly due to COVID19 cancelling the trekking season. Many are staying in the settlements around Port Moresby with no income. COVID 19 cases have just escalated in PNG and Port Moresby is in lockdown so they can not return to their villages and their vegetable gardens. PNG's health system will not cope with a major COVID19 outbreak.
Julie went to school at the Lilydale Adventist Academy where her father was a SDA minister and Dean. She made many life long friends amongst the PNG national students boarding there and has been following the No Roads Foundation's work over recent years. Julie understands what it is like to bring up a family in tough times and is passionate about empowering women with sustainable projects that not only generates an income but also gives them control of their own destiny.
By the end of August, the women will begin producing and selling facemasks and, after that, the group will be self-sustaining. A similar project is currently successfully being run in a town called Popondetta on the other side of the Kokoda Track by the No Roads Foundation.
By raising $2500 to buy 5 sewing machines and enough materials and other consumables to seed-fund the initial batch of cloth face masks, a micro-industry will be formed that will help feed many families. The project will be managed by No Roads Operations Manager Terence David in Port Morseby who will report weekly to the No Road Foundation Board.
If you would like to help raise money for this project please click the DONATE button on this page.