Callan Services for Disabled Persons, Papua New Guinea
Callan Services for Persons with a Disability is a Papua New Guinean NGO founded by the Christian Brothers in 1991. Originally based in the town of Wewak, there are now nine Callan centres around the country helping people with disabilities.
Callan Services trains people all around the country in areas such as disabilities, community-based rehabilitation, eye and ear health and special education. They have numerous resource centres and clinics which provide physical, eye and ear care.
Damien & Sarah Beale
Palms will place Sarah and Damien Beale to work for Callan Services for Disabled Persons for two years.
Sarah is a registered nurse specialising in Critical Care. She has several years experience at St John of God Healthcare, Subiaco and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands.
She has volunteered locally in a number of capacities, including for 10 years with St Vincent de Paul.
Damien has worked since 2002 for the Cerebral Palsy Association of WA as a Speech Therapist involved in the School Age and Early Intervention Programs.
He has run workshops for teachers, parents and staff and has worked cooperatively with physiotherapists and occupational therapists.
Together they will contribute to reducing poverty in Papua New Guinea, by increasing services available to people with disabilities, reducing stigmas and misunderstandings associated with disabilities and training local staff to continue the work after they return home.
October 23, 2008
At Sacred Heart College located next to the isolated airstrip of Tapini, Tony Bozicevic and Des Hansen were experiencing life amongst the Goilala people at a recently refurbished school. In addition to their time in the classroom, Des and Tony are fully immersed in the lives of their students and colleagues. Rather than fearing their hosts, Des and Tony have embraced them, even planning to join their students on the two-day walk to Port Moresby during the holidays.
Graham Andrews, at Good Shepherd in Fatima, continues his good work preparing the next generation of church leaders and is much appreciated for his commitment to PNG. Fiona Cairns, in Goroka, has returned to her placement at Mt Sion following surgery in Australia. Like Graham, the commitment she has shown in returning is highly valued and along with her friendly, positive approach has helped her be more effective in her work. Fiona is now assisting with Mt Sion’s accounts following the successful appointment of a local manager for the optical clinic.
Frank Hanrahan, in his first month, was settling into Madang on the North Coast. Working closely with Ben, a local man, has meant he has plenty of opportunities to pass on his considerable carpentry expertise. His work has taken him out of Madang town to see more of the beautiful coast and countryside and despite the heat, he enjoys wandering into town for a quiet beer on weekends.Gary and Helen Wolhuter are having a great effect at Callan Services. I was privileged to join in their weekly swimming classes for people with disabilities. These classes are having a remarkable effect, both for the physical wellbeing of their clients and for the greater understanding and respect developed within the community for people with disabilities. Even without the substantial work of their working week, this program alone would justify Helen and Gary’s placements.
Each volunteer has had the opportunity to witness Papua New Guineans as something more than a crude stereotype. Hopefully on returning to Australia their understanding can enrich us all further.
March 11, 2008
Our colleagues: Michael (left) and David (right) Hello to all our friends! February finds us celebrating the 6 month anniversary of moving to Papua New Guinea and emerging ourselves in the culture of the Jiwaka area of the Western Highlands Province. We are happy to report that though many obstacles and challenges have arisen, we […]
September 23, 2007
Recently Sarah and Damien Beale’s community have demonstrated just how much interest and support volunteers can generate for sustainable poverty reduction through skill exchange.
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Papua New Guinea
Area: 462,840 sq. km.
Median Age: 21.5
Literacy: 57.3 %
Languages: Tok Pisin (New Guinea Pidgin), English, Motu, c.820 indigenous languages
The terrain of Papua New Guinea varies from its rugged mountainous spine to its beautiful beaches to its volcanic islands to one of the world’s largest swamps and the large river systems of the Sepik and Fly rivers. These geographical differences have created a unique country with many diverse cultures. The ties within a family […]