July 2005

Conservation benefit: Support of the establishment of a 25-acre highlands forest conservation area

Community benefit: Construction of a literacy school for the Gaigibi community

Chimbu Province, in the Papua New Guinean highlands, is the most densely populated province in the country. Almost all the existing old-growth forest is restricted to the least accessible, most isolated peaks of the region. The Gaigibi community, on the slopes of 9,020-foot Mt. Elimbari, has set aside 25 acres of forest as a community conservation project. They have already marked the area’s boundaries, produced a set of rules for its use, and set up a governing committee.

To support this conservation area, Seacology will provide funding to build and furnish a school building where adults and children can learn to read. People from 19 villages, with a population of around 17,000, will be eligible to attend the school.

Full or partial funding for this project provided by
Project Updates
June 2009
In May 2009 a completion report on the Gaigibi project was submitted by community leader Jacob Kamunai to former Seacology field representative Helen Perks. The school building (two classrooms and...
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January 2007
The project leader left the village in May 2006, making communication with the village difficult. Field representative Helen Perks is continuing her efforts to find a new contact for the village...
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June 2006
All construction work was completed at the end of 2005. Supplies for the school were purchased earlier this year. 250 children are now enrolled and there are three teachers. An official opening...
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January 2006
All construction work has been completed. The school building is being used for lessons, and an official opening ceremony will take place in early 2006.

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