Papua New Guinea village life can be hard without modern amenities.
The Friends of PNG was started by Craig Hand after his solo voyage crossing Torres Strait from Australia to Papua New Guinea in a small fishing boat in 2008.
Craig crossing Torres Straight
After spending a few days in PNG and meeting the tribe of Sibidiri, who have no electricity and had not seen a white person for two years, a meeting with the King and elders who asked Craig to help the village of Sibidiri in very remote South Western Papua New Guinea.
Craig offered the tribe everything out of his boat that he did not need for his return voyage to Australia, including water and fuel containers, food, fishing equipment, a solar light, rope and gave the kings son the shirt off his own back. Full newspaper stories in the MEDIA section. Craigs story can be found in LEGEND, PHOTOS & VIDEO.
A story from the Kings son about a young sick child being paddled out by dugout canoe and eventually transferred to Cairns and then Brisbane in Australia days later for medical help inspired the creation of the Friends of PNG which aims to become one of the largest development agencies dedicated to working with tribal people in Papua New Guinea.
PNG village hut
The Friends of PNG endeavours to work closely with the elders of tribes to aid in the development of village communities and to help improve the lives of village children.
The Friends of PNG corresponds with governments and other charitable agencies, non-government organisations and the private sector on behalf of the tribe of Sibidiri without regard to race, creed or religion.
The Friends of PNG is unique among aid organisations as it has excellent dialogue with tribal elders for positive ability to influence and produce change in local policy and attitudes, for the good of children and their communities.
Through contact with the Friends of PNG the lives of 101 tribal people in the village of Sibidiri, including many children have been uplifted in the hope that the outside world can help them with adjustments to cope better in the modern world.
But the challenge is ongoing, there are many more tribes and villages that do not receive any help.
The Friends of PNG is preparing another visit to the village of Sibidiri in 2010 to help in the aid of communications, education including first aid principles and geography.
Donated funds will help tribes to have better communication equipment installed, receiving gardening utensils and tools, stationery, educational books, fishing gear and sporting equipment for the children.
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Mental as Anything
Trailer Boat Club
Mental As anything
Sex in the Desert
The Bloody Marys
and The Hiri Girls cultural dancers
All funds raised will go to Friends of PNG as Crackers heads off for his third trip to support the remote Sibidiri Tribe
Thanks to all the people who supported the evening. See some photos here