HELP is an acronym denoting our commitment to committing human and technical resources to achieve Health, Education, Livelihood and Participation for all. HELP Resources is a local NGO, with a focus on rural and grassroots communities. HELP Resources is well networked across Papua New Guinea, the Pacific Region and globally. HELP Resources acts locally and thinks globally. The goal and objectives of HELP Resources reflect the fundamental principles of Constitution of Papua New Guinea as well as PNG's current commitments to global development goals and conventions.
HELP Resources was founded in 1998. The Vision, Goals and objectives of HELP Resources were shaped through a strategic planning process in 1999. HELP Resources was originally conceived as an 'open door ' to meet the Information and Communication, Training and Capacity Building and Networking and sharing needs of local communities, groups and community-based organisations that are keen to undertake sustainable development initiatives.
History and progress
HELP R was built a core team of committed Executive Committee members and staff members who collectively have extensive experience in rural and social development in PNG. Most of the founding staff worked voluntarily or in a semi-voluntary capacity for the first 2 years. Their common commitment was to create a local organisation that would provide the information, linkages, visits, training and technical and morale support requested by the people of the East Sepik province, nd their local NGOs and CBOs. The past four years have involved building the structures, capacity and community confidence to make that happen.
A range of small grants financed the gradual equipping and establishment the essential operating foundation activities and pilot projects across the various arms of the organisation. By 2001, HELP Resources succeeded in acquiring core funding and institutional support for three years (2001-2003) from two main donors: Bread for the World, and OXFAM New Zealand, totalling around K350,000 per year. Other donors have funded specific activities and projects on a smaller scale (K2000 - K50,000.00) totalling up to an additional K100,000 per year for the past two years.
HELP Resources has always operated in borrowed spaces. In the first two years these were extremely small and under-resourced donated offices. For the past two years, HELP Resources has operated from a rented house converted into an office. The staff and the services have outgrown these facilities and larger and more accessible premises, located in the centre of Wewak town, are now urgently required.
HELP Resources is evolving gradually, building its institutional base and management capacity, consolidating and refining its programs and finding its niche in the local, national and Pacific regional development communities and contexts. HELP Resources provides information services that are in great demand, and not being met by any private, government or NGO provider.
The current major activities of HELP Resources are;
We offer adult learning and training in these core and other related areas at different levels and in different modes:
Popular education tours: Participatory and interactive community dialogue, theatre and song (through Baua Baua Popular Education Troupe)
In the future it is intended that adult learning facilities built into to our proposed Community Telecentre, will be a venue for computer-based self study and research in these areas, as well as for night classes bringing public servants, local leaders, educators and community activists together for training that will stimiulate lively discussion, debate and l earning circles
HELP Resources develops full training packages in these areas, usually in association with NGOs from PNG or the Pacific. HELP Resources staff have the capacity to write curriculum, test it, refine it and design and publish training manuals and kits. We facilitate national and regional workshops in areas like Conflict Prevention, Citizen's Education, gender-based violence and popular and applied training in ICT applications for development.
HELP Resources can deliver training in two languages: English and the PNG lingua franca, Tok Pisin.
HELP Resources produces small publications that provide important reference material for the core learning programs, as well as stand alone development readers. We can facilitate local research and publish important historical, educational, cultural information and research results in simple English or Tok Pisin formats for a popular local audience or for schools and literacy programs. We would encourage past and present researchers in PNG to discuss the possibilities for giving back some of their published text and photo materials to the Sepik province or to PNG in this way. Where appropriate, we can draw on a large collection of traditional, adapted and modern PNG graphics to illustrate publications.
Based on a strategic plan developed in 1999, HELP Resources scope of services extended from a central information, advisory and training agency, to community outreach, technical and social support visits and training. In a context of declining infrastructure and rapidly escalating costs, we were over extended and unable to meet the expectations of community clients.
HELP Resources has a local, provincial base, but has the capacity and quality of services and products to work at national and regional levels.
Current organisational capacity includes:
HELP Resources currently operates:
Comprehensive Training manuals and trainers kits :
Development readers and information booklets :
Local oral history and research publications:
We are in the process of implementing a major new project, the Sepik Multipurpose Community Telecentre. The focus of this project is to bring the benefits and services of information and communication technologies to rural communities and organisations that normally don't have access to or cannot afford them. The project is based on HELP Resources' belief that denial of people's right to information and knowledge prevents:
HELP Resources proposed Multipurpose Community Telecentre is a modest but a pioneering initiative and the first of its kind in Papua New Guinea, intended to increase the ease of access and speed of responses to communications and initiatives of people, communities and local organizations who struggle to raise standards of living and quality of life.
HELP Resources is taking steps to present and discuss this project with our current and potential partners, donors and associates to get their valuable feedback, learn from the experience of organisations/agencies that are involved in "ICTS for Development" initiatives and also to mobilise necessary resources, financial or otherwise, in support of the proposed Telecentre in Papua New Guinea.
Acting Director Rose Uri
Port Moresby Office - contact information
This profile updated as of October 2002, HELP Resources, Wewak, Papua New Guinea