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Papua New Guinea is a country of 7 million people, located in the Eastern Pacific. It has an area of just over 460,000 square kilometres and is primarily made-up of heavily-forested mountains and remote islands. Due to the difficult terrain, including mountains, thick forests, rivers, and volcanic islands, travel is difficult between regions. In addition, PNG is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world, with over 850 indigenous languages. The country has abundant natural resources, including oil, gas, and gold, and their extraction has helped fuel the country’s strong economic growth over the past decade.

Despite these resources, however, much of the population continues to live in poverty, and the situation of women and children in particular is very poor. The Human Development Index, which collates and ranks various indicators of development, lists Papua New Guinea in the bottom 10 per cent in the world – at 153 of 187 countries.

Children are our future – indeed, they are the future of all societies in every country, globally. In addition, investing in children is one of the most practical and valuable long-term investments we can make. It yields positive benefits to economies and societies for minimal cost. The foundation of an individual’s health and well-being is laid in early childhood, and this is the most opportune time to break the cycle of poverty, or to prevent it from beginning.



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