BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE PROJECT
Since the project started in Y2018, the Italian Bishop Conference has played a major role in the realization this Project. The Italian Bishop Conference has initially approved the funding in three (3) tranches. The 1st Tranche were received in November 2019 and was acquitted in September 2020. We have received the 2nd Tranche in July 2021 and acquitted February 2023. The Archdiocese has initially allocated around Six (6) hectares of land to cater for at least Eighty (80) houses. Land surveying and infrastructure development such as road and drainage works are funded by the Archdiocese. Other contributors in this project includes the East New Britain Provincial Government and various Business houses. We acknowledge as well the Italian Workmen from the Village of Archbishop Emeritus Francesco Panfilo, SDB, who have travelled all the way from Italy to start the project and subsequently transfer their housing technology to the local workers. From an initial of Ten (10) housing units, it has now totaled to Thirty-five (35) houses; Thirty (30) of which are the designs from the Italian donors and Five (5) Loft houses which are locally designed. All these houses are now occupied by families of individuals who have worked from the different institution of the Archdiocese, and other qualified individuals from within the province. Each house in the village is running on a solar power system and fitted with a water tank. A small kitchen is placed outside of the housing unit in the traditional Melanesian way. The Village has its own Water Bore and a Plant Nursery to assist in the sustainability of the community.
Despite the threat of the COVID-19 Global pandemic and the continued rise in the cost of materials, these challenges does not hinder the Archdiocese to continue building the houses up to where it is now. As long as our partners has confidence and continue to honor their commitment, the Archdiocese will pursue this project to assist the Low-Income earner people of East New Britain Province.
The Archdiocese also support the building of School Classrooms, Teachers Houses and the continued upgrading of our Churches, Chapels and Priest houses. The Archdiocese also support various Sister's congregations such as the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC), Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (OLSH), Daughters of Mary Immaculate (FMI), Society of St Joseph (SSJ) and the Don Bosco Salesian Sisters (FMA). To bring these projects to life, we rely on the generosity of individuals or institutions. If you are able and willing to contribute, your donation would go a long way in making a positive impact on our community. Every donation received will help us achieve our goals and bring us one step closer to realizing our vision.