Wycliffe's Current Priority Projects
PNG Earthquake Relief
On February 26, parts of PNG were impacted by a 7.6 magnitude earthquake that caused tragic loss of life and destruction of infrastructure, particularly around Komo, Tari, and Mendi.
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South Asia 2 – Literacy
S.E. Asia Maternal health care
SILA Language Development Scholarship/Prize
OADF – China Minority Education Project – Partnership Phase
SILA School Building Fund
Primary School Education. South Asia
This project supports a minority language group in a remote rural area of a country in South Asia. This group suffers from a number of oppressive circumstances. They have occupied the land they live on for many years, but ownership has been taken by majority groups. They do not have reasonable access to education opportunities, clean water or health services. They have no voice in the wider community, and have little hope for the future.
Working through a local, established NGO, the initial phase of this project involves establishing and staffing single-classroom primary schools in three villages, where there is currently no education available. The facilities will be very basic by our standards, but will be the first step in enabling these communities to develop some pride in their culture and heritage, and a chance to develop future leaders.
We hope that later stages will include provision of basic health care and education, digging of wells to provide clean water, and solar electricity.
OADF – Mayoyao mother-tongue based education
This project aims to build capacity in national teachers by supporting them to develop teaching principles and reading materials in their local Mayoyao language. These materials will be used to help students from Kindergarten to Grade 3 develop foundational literacy skills in their local language before also acquiring the national languages of Filipino and English.
Sixty teachers will participate in a series of workshops over three years (2017-2019) to create reading materials and other literacy resources in the Mayoyao language. Project funds will be used to provide stationery materials and access to literacy trainers who can offer technical advice as teachers create reading texts. These materials will then be made freely available to other schools, with workshop teachers equipped to train colleagues in using and creating their own texts to enhance student literacy and learning.
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Education, Basic Health Care, Clean Water and Technical Training. South Asia
These communities are traditionally hunter-gatherers, consuming fruits and tubers from the forest. Every day they trek into the forest in search of that day’s food. Once they find sufficient tuber for a meal, they come back to their village, cook and eat. Without a well balanced diet, malnourishment and subsequent medical problems have plagued the groups. There are no nearby medical facilities or doctors to care for their medical needs. Living on the edge of poverty, they face further challenges due to illiteracy, unemployment, malnourishment and attacks from wild animals.
This project will attempt to bring some hope into these communities. It will provide single classroom schools in eight villages, dig two wells for fresh water, set up a tailoring school for women in two locations, and provide a salary for a social worker to teach hygiene and nutrition.
There are two communities that we are trying to help. Each community will cost A$35,000, so the total need is A$70,000.