meri safe haus

In 2008 the Mission was able to purchase a Housing Commission Block of land in the 2 Mile Settlement at Lae. With grant funding from the Digicel Foundation in Port Moresby, the first Women's Safe House in the country was constructed on this block, consisting of a small one bedroom flat/office downstairs and two small motel type rooms, with individual bathrooms, upstairs.

Louis Sakene, a young married man from the settlement who had been working with the Mission on a voluntary basis, was appointed as the Centre Manager and we started accepting women and children who were victims of abuse when their husbands came home drunk. The centre usually accommodates 2/3 women with or without children each month. We also accept referrals from the Women's Support Centre at the Angau Memorial Hospital in Lae.

The Mission has also supported several youth programs in the settlement to assist them raise funds and generate income. We also run sewing and cooking classes for women in the settlement and sewing machines were donated by the Lioness Club of Lae.

Digicel also installed a container, which was set up as a community learning centre and we started taking in children from the settlement. This year, we have 130 children enrolled at the school and have built two additional classrooms from bush materials. The school has also been recognized by the government education office in PNG as a feeder school and caters for children at Kindergarten & Elementary 1 & 2 Level.