Norah Riddick - Community-based Rehabilitation Trainer and MentorView Profile
Callan Services for people with disabilities was established by the Christian Brothers in Papua New Guinea in 1991, when Br Graeme Leach pioneered the service in Wewak on the north-west coast of Papua New Guinea for the education of children with disabilities. This initial centre was established in collaboration with the Catholic Diocese of Wewak. Due to the success of the first Callan Services Centre, the model was replicated in other regions of Papua New Guinea. There are now 19 Callan Special Education Resource Centres (SERCs) across Papua New Guinea, of which Kavieng is one.
Callan Services in Kavieng operates from the Special Education Resource Centre. The two main programmes at Kavieng are Inclusive Education and Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR). There is also an ear and eye screening programme, and a connection with the deaf unit at Sacred Heart Primary School.