59.3% progress
$28,769 still needed

Sustainable Development Goals

The Challenge

  • Low rates of educational attainment and literacy
  • Low school retention rate
  • High rates of poverty

Whilst building and construction is a growing sector in Papua New Guinea, low rates of educational attainment and literacy has meant that opportunities for skill development are sparse.

Providing access to quality mentoring to further skill development will provide more employment opportunities for individuals living in Mt Hagen.

How We’re Helping

The Diocese of Mt Hagen has requested a Cathedral Project Administrator Mentor to assist in the building of the Mt Hagen Cathedral, a much anticipated key community project.

To assist in this project, Palms has recruited and prepared Ray Wallbank, a qualified and experienced Project Manager who has worked in Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and American Samoa. With expertise in managing large-scale projects and financial management, Ray will be mentoring local builders with on the job training both on an individualised and team level to improve their skills in building, planning, team working and problem solving.

Is the Project Sustainable?

This project will offer two years of professional development assistance to locals who have been chosen to work on the project by the Diocese of Mt Hagen. It is expected that at the conclusion of the assignment, the employees can be recognised as having worked on a key community project and will have further developed their professional capacity to take on future community building projects.


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