The first library established by Buk bilong Pikinini is situated at the Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH) in the Children's HIV/AIDS, Malnutrition and Tuberculosis ward.The library was set up in April 2008, a year after the initial establishment of Buk bilong Pikinini as an organisation.
The site was chosen on a scale of need with an aim to help some of the most vulnerable in society - seriously ill children. The children hospitalised in the ward are so sick that they are often required to stay at the hospital for up to 8-9 months and therefore miss out on school and other social activities. Buk bilong Pikinini delivers educational stimulation and a daily routine for the children well enough to come to the library.
In order to help the children with their rehabilitation, Buk bilong Pikinini tries to foster a love of reading and learning through our daily literacy based Early Childhood Education program for special needs children. The program is conducted includes letter and number recognition, phonics, craft activities, singing and structured play. The hospital program is conducted in a very gentle and caring manner so that those who are very weak are still able to participate. Books are read to the children followed by craft and writing activities as per the Buk bilong Pikinini curriculum.
Nurses and doctors at the ward appreciate the presence of the library, which has changed the atmosphere at the ward. Before the establishment of the library Dr. John Vince told Buk bilong Pikinini that "children would cry out of despair and boredom as they had nothing to do during the long hours and months of their hospitalisation" and that now "the children can hardly wait for the doctors and nurses to finish their morning round so that they can run to the library for their daily activities".He also states that "the library creates a real focus and structure in the children's daily lives at the ward which is highly instrumental in supporting their rehabilitation.
The library is currently sponsored by the Sir Theo Foundation:
Sick Children enjoying the books in the library!
Previously sponsored by: Airways Hotel