Our Volunteers: Glenn Mason volunteering in Papua New Guinea

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Esther and HildaDiocese of Daru-Kiunga, Papua New Guinea

Many communities in Papua New Guinea’s vast Western Province are in isolated areas with limited access to health and education facilities. The Catholic Diocese of Daru-Kiunga is the major service provider in education, health and other social services to the people in this province. The Diocese runs primary and secondary schools, hospitals, women’s programs and leadership training, amongst other services.

The major source of revenue and opportunity for the people of in this province is the Ok Tedi open cut copper mine, operated by BHP Billiton. While providing some opportunity, the mine has also brought challenges to the region as large numbers of people have migrated to Kiunga to seek economic opportunities. Despite the mineral riches of the area, the Western Province remains PNG’s least developed province, partly due to the swampy terrain and partly due to the ongoing export of wealth.

Bishop Gilles Cote placed a request with Palms Australia for a Human Resources Manager to work with and mentor local staff in the Diocese, so that they can continue to provide education, health care and other services to the people of Western Province.

Glenn Mason

Glenn MasonPalms Australia recruited Glenn Mason, from South Australia, to fill this position. Glenn will bring a broad skill set to this position with degrees in law and media, and a background in IT and audio engineering. Glenn will work closely with local staff, assisting in the development of their IT and other professional skills, enabling them to provide better services in health, education and social services to people of Daru-Kiunga.

Originally from the UK, Glenn has travelled in many countries, and also studied and volunteered overseas.  Glenn has been described as “an enthusiastic, committed, and conscientious person, who would bring a wealth of relevant experience” to his work with Palms. Glenn’s background and diverse skills will be well suited to his work in Daru-Kiunga.

Glenn is donating two years of his time, but placing him still costs money. We need your help to cover costs such as flights and insurance, so that the people of PNG’s Western Province can receive the training required to continue their own development. Please click “donate” above.

New faces

February 18, 2013

Mary Seong and Andrew Leong

Mary and Andrew’s married life has held a number of adventures. Their latest will be as volunteers with Bairo Pite Hospital in Dili and Virgem Maria Clinica Medico in Railaco respectively. This midwife and doctor were inspired to volunteer in Timor-Leste following their Palms Encounter last year.

Michele Keating

Michele, a registered nurse, will volunteer in Railaco splitting her time between Virgem Maria Clinica Medico and Communidade Edmund Rice’s health centre. She will work to improve primary health care and health education for rural Timorese.

Rebecca Blundell

Rebecca is volunteering as an organisational development officer for Fundacao Lafaek Diak (FLD) in Triloka, Timor-Leste. FLD provides services in health, education, agricultural skills and community empowerment. Rebecca will work with staff to build upon their program delivery skills.

Leanne Hayes

Leanne will volunteer with Balibo Community Learning Centre assisting staff and the broader community address unemployment, increase revenues for its mechanical workshop and women’s co-op and develop skills in designing, managing and evaluating development and training activities.

Glenn Mason

Glenn will build upon the work of Paul Tan with the Diocese of Daru-Kiunga. Bishop Gilles has requested Glenn work with staff to identify and develop opportunities for further improvement to effectiveness and accountability in program delivery in P.N.G.’s Western Province.

Bernadette Radford

Following the work of Peter Smyth, Bernadette will advise and provide training for staff at Divine Word University in Madang in legal issues. A firm legal footing, with regard to land, employment contracts, financial or academic matters, will allow DWU to continue providing high quality tertiary education.

Sue Ryan

An experienced science teacher from New Zealand, Sue will volunteer with Sacred Heart College in Kiribati. Sue and the local teachers will work together to establish quality education practices benefitting current and future I-Kiribati students.

Emma and Stephen Yates

After liaising with Catholic Mission, the Zambia Episcopal Conference, contacted Palms to request a Gender Justice Focus Person and a Medical Practitioner to volunteer in Lusaka. Emma and Stephen, a lawyer and doctor, have answered the call and will be joined on the journey by their two sons.

Heather Henderson

(Turn to page 12 for Heather’s story)


Palms’ 94th, my first

Becc and Glenn negotiate a deal in Bafa Bafa

By the end of the course, our understanding and knowledge had risen exponentially. The bonds and commonality of participants had strengthened as well. I have no fears now about going to East Timor. I am just excited to meet all my new colleagues and friends that I will discover during my journey.

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