CDWI – About us

We are a small, Christian NGO (non-government organisation) in Papua New Guinea made up of a number of village based trainers – men and women with very significant experience in training across villages in PNG. Our team have been involved in training in various ways.
  • During the awful 1997 drought we ran training in drought coping strategies and subsequently assisted in writing up the NARI drought coping strategies manual.
  • Following the drought there was time for communities to reflect together on the lessons learned – particularly focused around water shed management, tree planting and sustainable gardening strategies. This was a key part of the trainer’s lives for some time as part of the Baptist Union’s Community Development program.
  • Sewing training has been valued by many village women.
  • Leadership training and conflict resolution
We are focused on drought preparedness and are working to take messages of hope and appropriate technologies including NARI improved cultivars to others. ‘We’ might refer to anybody? So who does we refer to in CDWI? We are lead by a team of four – David and Anna Kulimbao, Peter Taul and Pastor Ambi with a Kiwi advisor (Dr David Askin) who has been working around Papua New Guinea for many years. You can view some of his publications and work in the library that is part of this web site. CDWI has a bigger vision than just training in some locations across PNG, although that is very important. We want to become a key place where training manuals and reports etc are made available for you. We hope you make use of the site. We will do our best to keep adding items to the library that will help locals, missionaries and others.

6 Responses to CDWI – About us

  1. John Bailey says:

    I am pleased to see that an organization is in place that could potentially play a key role in preparing PNG for what could be the worst drought in living memory in the next year or two – possibly on power with what is currently being experienced in the Horn of Africa as a result of La Nina – i.e the opposite to El Nino which brings drought to PNG.

  2. We are working about 4 kms outside of Goroka at the Goroka Baptist Bible College. We have a school for training Christian workers as well as a clinic that services the community around us. We have church planting works both in the Daulo and Bena Ungaii districts. We are looking for help to not only prepare our Bible College for this upcoming drought but also use this as an opportunity to help the people in the area of our churches with growing of appropriate foods but also use this as a way to help reach them with the Gospel. Your help is both needed and wanted We believe we can make a difference both physically and spiritually.

    Personally I have been serving as a missionary here for 21 years but I also grew up here with my parents in 1973 through 1980. We lived through the 97 drought and did somethings to help but we were not prepared to deal with what we saw then especially through the clinic ministry. We want to be better prepared if we can.

    William L Smith
    72194695 or
    main number 520-1935
    PO BOX 456 Goroka, EHP
    ABWE PNG Field Coordinator

    • admin says:

      Pastor David Kulimbao lives near your Bible College. I’ll ask him to drop in and look you up. We are trying to get information from NARI – the PNG National Agriculture Research Institute – to share on-line, in our library. So far we haven’t achieved that. But we have the manual that was written after the 1997 drought.
      I’ve also written a short statement relating to corn and cassava chips/storage.
      I’d like to stay in touch. May God bless you and your ministry. Dave Askin.

      • thanks I look forward to his visit. You know something is wrong many times August is the driest month of the year but it is raining a lot now. We will do what we need to do to prepare but we trust the Lord through it.

  3. Paul and Susan says:

    We are missionaries and live in the Bundi area of PNG and it was not quite as badly affected as some places were around PNG in 1997 altho we remember it. However there does seem a need for all to be prepared for what is being forecast as a long drought time. How to get people to take this seriously and follow steps to prepare is another thing. We have already told some people and they shrug it off. But we will probably be the first people they look to. We will pass on the information to the local mine exploration camp and see if they can use the Community Affairs department too to spread the word. Thanks for the info.

  4. admin says:

    We’ll work to check and fix those. cheers, dave.

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