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GIVING BUCKETS OF LOVE & MORE

It was Valentines Day 2015 that I found myself alone in my office searching through the endless Valentines Day posts by my friends on Facebook when I got a new message from a man named Shaun, he worked at the Brisbane Boys Grammar School not far from my office. I had contacted that school earlier for some work related items but the managers never got back to me unit now via Facebook which I thought was a bit strange at the time. Instead of contacting me in regards to work, Shaun expressed he had stacks of old chlorine buckets. After they were used, the buckets were usually sent to the dump. He couldn't bring himself to throwing these to the tip so he reached out out me after he noticed my photography page featured Papua New Guinea. 

To make a long story short, it was fate that put us in contact. I went to see the buckets at Boys Grammar School the next day. After seeing the 100 buckets stacked upon each other, I looked at Shaun and said this is perfect for the remote villages in PNG. I am going to start an organisation called the ""Bucket of Love."

Helping others doesn't need to be a difficult task. You need to remember changing 1 life can be a achievement itself. I registered the business name, created a logo and Facebook page, then contacted friends with other items that I could put into the buckets. This list included medical, clothing, educational, sporting and health items. We managed to get a truck load for our very first shipment! This was delivered to Kimbe and distributed to the remote areas of West New Britain.

When I created Zambilla & Co, I always had the intention to use it to help me raise funds for shipping costs or items for schools and hospitals. Through Zambilla I have been able to put funding towards purchasing school exercise books, medicine for remote aid posts, gardening utensils for remote islands and I am now looking to focus on the disabled in remote villages.

 

We are always looking to build new relationships with other organisations or groups. If you think your school or organisation can help, please get in touch today and follow our social media pages to more updates.

Tiana Reimann

Founder, Bucket of Love

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7 Bucket Benefits

What We Donate

  • BUCKETS

    Our buckets are sourced from schools around Brisbane which have pools. These old chlorine buckets are usually discarded to the tip but instead they are used for many more years by remote villages in West New Britain!

  • HEALTH

    These remote villages rarely have access to basic health facilities. We donate a range of first aid equipment to panadol, antibiotics, bandages to their local Aid post. Please refer to the list below for recommended items.

  • EDUCATION

    Due to a lack of government funding to remote schools, most children do not have a desk, paper, pen or book to even write in! The smiles on their faces when they receive their own book is something we can never forget.

  • SPORT EQUIPMENT

    An excellent way to get children involved with teamwork and each other is through sport. Anything from balls, cricket sets, uniforms and equipment are perfect! Do you know an organisation that can donate their old equipment?

Their Stories, Our Mission

  • MAMA'S FOUNDATION INC

    MERI SEIF HAUS (WOMENS SAFE HOUSE)

    KIMBE, WEST NEW BRITAIN, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

    Roselyne Akua based in Kimbe, Papua New Guinea operates the MERI SEIF HAUS (ONE OF THE VERY FEW SAFE HOUSES FOR WOMEN IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA). She provides a safe home and place of rehabilitiation for families facing domestic voilence and other issues. She has sacrificed so much of her time and resources to help others and she needs our help during this time! On bhealf of the Bucket of Love, we have started a MYCAUSE account to raise $3000 which will help her small team continue their work in providing food, counselling, mentoring, accommodation and upskill to her visitors. Please read her mission and donate to help those in need. 

     

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    THE MERI SEIF HAUS (MSH) PROVIDES:
    • Domestic Violence Survivors Care
    • Counselling and Family Support Services and
    • Rehabilitation for women and young girls


    WHO IS MSH?
    Roselyn Akua MAMA'S Foundation Inc is a non-government organization founded in 2014 that operates the Meri Seif Haus and provides accommodation, counselling, care and support services for women and young girls who are subjects of domestic violence.

    WHAT MSH DO:
    1. Promote and advocate the Rights of Children
    2. Provide temporary accommodation for women and young girls who have been subjected to Domestic Violence, Rape, Sorcery allegations and Child Abuse
    3. We provide family planning and counselling
    4. HIV/AIDS Advocacy, awareness's, trainings and Voluntary Counselling and Testing
    5. Care and Support services for people living with HIV/AIDS.
    6. Promote Gender Equality, awareness's and Trainings
    7. Promote Small Medium Enterprises through mentoring, workshops and trainings


    THE MSH VISION
    To have a society where women, girls, men, and boys are free to make informed choices in whatever to do, as a result leading a healthy well-being.

    THE MSH MISSION
    To provide a pathway for women and young girls to be educated to be able to make an informed decision in the way they live. OUR GOAL To make our community in Kimbe and West New Britain accept that women and girls have the same right to equality, respect and dignity.

     

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  • WHEELCHAIR DONATION to

    LESLY.A, 62

    SUMULANI ISLAND, KOVE, WEST NEW BRITAIN, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

    THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS

    A few months ago I posted Lesly's story on social media and here in serach for a possible wheelchair donor. I am pleased to say that we successfully got 2 wheelchairs for Lesly and another elderly person on the island! This is all possible thanks to the donations from the Brisbane Lions Club & Sue, Ian from Imagengies China. I cannot thank you all enough for your kind donations. When I return to PNG after COVID-19, I will be sure to present their wheelchairs to them along with some very happy photos. Thank you again.

    If you wish to read Lesley's story, I have left it below.

    LESLY'S STORY

    I met Lesly on my recent trip to Kove West New Britain, Papua New Guinea. 

    The Island which is is located on is approximately 70 km away from the Kimbe, the nearby capital town of West New Britain. I was invited to meet the few disabled individuals on Sumulani Island that day and I am so glad I did. Through my introduction it was their only hope to getting a better lifestyle.

    Lesley has children and a wife who I admired so much. I met them in their humble home made from the traditional kunai leaves they source from the river. His wife Margaret came out first and shook my hand then went back inside her hut to assist Lesly. He assisted him by lifting his half amputated legs from the thin mattress to the child size wheelchair he was paired with for the past 5 years. his large frame squeezed btween the seat and his knees locked at the edge of the seat. 

    I shook his hand and I asked him to explain how he got to this situation. It was another common disease of diabetes which disabled him 5 years ago. Without proper rehabilitation or alternative solutions in place, many patients do not have much of a choice apart from amputation and returning them back to the village. He unfortunately was given this small children's wheelchair depsite his age of 55 years old. The wheels were also worm and torn from the rocky coral ground which covered the islands. He explained to me how uncomfortable it was and he could only hope that one day I would be able to find him a chair that would allow him to move around the island comfortably.

    Tiana Reimann

    Founder, Bucket of Love

    tianareimann@gmail.com

UPDATES

  • IKON ENGAGES EMPLOYEES

    A huge thank you to IKON Brisbane for their kind donation. Employees were encouraged to bring a gold coin donation to work and donate to the Bucket of Love. Together, K800 was rasied and this will be going towards schools and projects back in Kimbe, West New Britain.

    Engage your own workplace today!
     

  • BUCKETS TO BAIA

    Recently we donated another load of buckets to the Baia Village community! Each family household now has the benefit of using these buckets for their daily routines. A bucket has so much worth to these people and we are glad they are going to a new home rather than the dump! 

  • SHARING THE LIGHT

    Electricity is a rare commodity in the remote islands of West New Britian. On this project we worked with Lauchlan L from Berkeley Capital Port Moresby to bring over $4000 worth of solar lights and kits to the homes, churches and schools of Witu Island & Kove. They can now charge their phones, work at night and children can do their school work.  

  • ACTIVE SCHOOLS

    Sporting equipment is such a fantastic donation. This time, a range of netball's and volleyballs from schools around Brisbane went to the Hoskins Primary School. We enjoyed team games and the children had an absolute "ball" playing together with their new goodies! Thank you to Hytec Netball Club & Somerville House. 

  • REACHING REMOTE SCHOOLS

    Schools in remote islands have a lack of support by the government so this trip we donated a range of educational items and buckets to Sumulani & Kapo in Kove. This donation couldn't have been possible without the help of Brisbane Boys Grammar Fencing Club.  

  • SUPPORTING LIVELIHOODS

    In the remote islands, jewellery making with shells is a primary source of income for the families. Pliers are a rare and expensive item for the people in Kove. Through Zambilla & Co contributions, we purchased these pliers and hand drills from Australia and shipped them to PNG. As a result these pliers helped over 100 families continue to make their jewellery and continue their businesses. 

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