A GRADE 11 Marianville Secondary School student in Moresby Northeast is one of the fortunate 400 street children who were given a second chance at education by Life PNG Care, a charity organization that helps unfortunate children.
Elisabeth Kalop, 18, from West New Britain Province, is now a boarding student at Marianville Secondary School.
She was taken in by the Life PNG Care (LPC) five years ago and has never looked back. She is determined to give back positive results to her sponsors and the government when she completes her education.
Elisabeth expressed her gratitude towards her sponsors and the organisation director Collin Pake for supporting her as a sponsor and also being a parent to her. She joined the organisation (Life PNG Care) in 2016 when she was doing Grade 7.
"They had helped me to buy my school fees, uniforms and stationaries, and most of all they gave me the love that a parent could give," Elisabeth said with tears in her eyes.
She said she grew up with the LPC since Grade 7 in 2016 to now (2020) in Grade 11. She said she had received all the support that she ever needed from the organisation.
"The support that I needed from my parents was not there at that time I needed it. So coming to this organisation, they've given me everything that even my parents could not give me. And most of all I really appreciate it," said Elisabeth.
She has another 45 brothers and sisters who are under the same care of organisation director Collin Pake. "Being in Grade 11, I am a role model and a big sister to the house. I won't let my parents (Mr and Mrs Pake) down, as I am motivated by my father through his hard work and commitment towards us," said Elisabeth.
"I thank God for placing me in this organisation (LPC) because God has a plan for me," she said.
Thank you Post-Courier again !
FOUR HUNDRED street children in Port Moresby will go to school this year through an education program initiated by a charity organization.
The total cost of educating these 400 children is just under K500,000 money that was raised entirely from public and other donations, the charity organization says.
Life PNG Care, which has been helping unfortunate children get a second chance through education since 2013, said these 400 include 85 children in elementary, 223 in primary, 86 in secondary and six in tertiary institutions. This figure is an increase of 100 from last year's figures of 300, Life Care PNG figures show. It said the total cost to educate all these 400 students this year is K480,000.
Life PNG Care director Colin Pake said the figure could have been 500 for this year, but 100 children dropped out because it could only afford to send 400, a tough scenario it has faced since the inception of the education program in 2013, when it started with only eight children.
"Initially, Life PNG Care had registered 500 children this year but we are able to assist only 400 children due to limited resources," Mr Pake said last week.
"Unfortunately, 100 children have been left out. We do not know what these 100 unfortunate children will do, as the school year has started. I think they will add on to the statistics of the out of school children in PNG.
"I believe one factor affecting these 100 children left out of school is because of the government's introduction of school fees components for this year. Special children under this category, especially orphans and unfortunate ones should be assisted by the government. They are fully registered to benefit under our SPEP but they are left out," Mr Pake said.
Elizabeth Kalop, 18, is one of the lucky 400. She is in grade 11 at the Marianville Girls Secondary School in Moresby Northeast. When the Post-Courier visited her last week, she was full of gratitude for Mr and Mrs Pake, who she now calls mum and dad....
Tears welled up in her eyes when she recounted the love and care the Pake family gave her when she needed it the most. she is very determined to complete her education and pay back the help, and be the big sister to other children at Life PNG Care.
Life PNG Care is all about helping to make a positive impact in the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable children and youth of Papua New Guinea.
Life PNG Care is passionate about seeing the future generations of Papua New Guinea strengthened in mind, body and spirit.
Our priority is the future of our children.
Our mission is to promote, support and inititate a grass roots social and program within the local community which aims to help build stronger, safer communities in which families and youth can flourish, are healthy and in control of their life choices and futures.