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Ashlee Gross

Ashlee Gross - Climate Change Education & Coordination Adviser

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World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision started working in PNG in 1974 and uses an integrated approach to help communities deal with immediate problems, like malnutrition and disease, as well as the underlying causes of poverty such as unemployment, illiteracy and drug and alcohol dependency.

WVPNG operates in several provinces throughout PNG and focuses on health and nutrition, tuberculosis treatment and prevention, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), HIV/AIDS, gender equality, education, economic development and disaster risk reduction. WVPNG partners with communities, non-government organisations, faith-based groups, private organisations and government departments to fight against poverty in PNG. World Vision is committed to building a hopeful future for children and empowering communities to take ownership of their own development.

World Vision has been operating in the ARoB since 2002. From 2002 to 2009, WVPNG’s primary area of intervention was in WASH with efforts concentrated around the northern ARoB, especially around Buka Island and then towards the west coast of mainland Bougainville.  In 2009, WVPNG expanded its sectorial focus to include HIV/AIDS.  Also in 2009 a programme level assessment was undertaken in central Bougainville which led to projects in WASH, MNCH (Maternal, Nutrition, Child Health), education, and economic mobilisation and livelihoods.

In 2015 the WASH, MNCH, education, and economic mobilisation project cycles came to an end and WVPNG is now focused on six PPAPs and youth initiative projects primarily in central and southern ARoB. In early-2016 the WVPNG Bougainville Area Program Office was relocated from Buka to Arawa which reflects the organisation’s renewed geographical focus.