Our Volunteers: Irene Jap volunteering in Papua New Guinea

Diocese of Kundiawa, Papua New Guinea

Former Palms volunteer Frances Scurfield in Kundiawa
Kundiawa Diocese is centrally located on the main road in PNG between Goroka and Mt Hagen. The Diocese is responsible for 17 primary schools plus 8 secondary colleges. The diocese also runs one hospital, several Justice, Peace and Development Ministries and extensive youth ministries.

In working towards addressing the National Program of Empowering National Professionals, the diocese was seeking someone with extensive experience in the field of Business and Finance Management to train and build confidence in local staff that will enable them to self-manage.

Through its effective partnership with Palms Australia, the diocese is able to advance effective governance and promote gender equity through the exchange of skills as well as cultural exchanges.

Irene Jap

Irene comes from Melbourne and was previously working as a banker in New Zealand. She has extensive experience in her professional life in both the private and corporate sector. Irene has always been actively involved in social justice programs in her community.

In 2006 Irene volunteered her business management skills to train the principal and teachers of Divit Rural Training Centre in the Solomon Islands to establish and implement a financial management system. At the end of that training program, Irene went on to work in Timor-Leste as a Business Manager, again sharing her skills to assist greater capacity building for the local staff in financial monitoring.

A generous, talented, courageous and dedicated person are amongst the many wonderful characteristics attributed to Irene by her friends and past colleagues. Irene is deeply committed to her spiritual journey and hopes to gain much from her placement in Simbu.

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Papua New Guinea

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Population: 7,656,959

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 […]

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