The Australian Government has provided PGK344,665.57 to refurbish a refuge for survivors of family and sexual violence, run by Lifeline. The refurbishments mean that more families will be able to be housed in safe emergency accommodation.
The renovations include repair of two existing refuge units and water and sewerage systems. As part of the Australian Government support, Lifeline has also benefitted from two vehicles, which will enable staff to collect women, children, and some of their belongings, if they need to leave their house due to violence.
Lifeline’s Counsellor and Caseworker, Ms Mary Njeri, said the renovations at the Centre have provided a conducive environment for the women and children that take refuge there. “We are happy that after the renovations, we are able to operate again like normal. Our families are happy that they can sleep well,” Ms Njeri said.
Australian High Commission Counsellor, Ms Susan Ferguson, said that, “Australia is pleased to be able to provide this support to Lifeline, as available emergency accommodation for survivors of family and sexual violence is hard to find. The refurbished accommodation will provide a safe and healthy space to help survivors of family violence re-build their lives. Family violence is a damaging global issue. Both Australia and Papua New Guinea face high rates. Australia’s support for the renovation demonstrates our on-going commitment to expanding support for families in need of safety.”
Australia is working in partnership with the Government of Papua New Guinea and community partners to expand the network of crises services available for survivors of family and sexual violence.
The Lifeline Centre provides counselling and referral services to survivors of family and sexual violence. For referral, please call 3261680 or 3260011.
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