BSP Tari Branch through its community project initiative, has come to the assistance of the Tari Admin Primary school with the donation of 100 desks, teachers’ tables, chairs and a Covid-19 hand wash basin recently.
Tari Admin Primary School was located near the Tari Airport but with the extension of the runway, the school was relocated to Pii Village. Early this year, classes were disrupted by tribal fights affecting students’ learning but that did not deter the students’ and teachers’ commitment towards education.
BSP Tari Branch while on an earlier visit to the school to run Financial Literacy Sessions discovered that classes were being held in semi-permanent classrooms while students were sitting on makeshift desks, some even sat on the bare ground.
The branch stepped in and assisted the school with 100 desks, four teachers’ tables and chairs, installed a COVID-19 hand washbasin for the students and painted two of the school’s classrooms.
“This project will now enhance student learning through a better and improved learning environment for the students. Teachers can now also sit properly on good tables to prepare lesson plans,” said BSP Tari Branch Manager John Tomba Jnr.
BSP Group Chairman Sir Kostas Constantinou, Group CEO Robin Fleming and Deputy GM Retail Sales and Customer Service Peter Komon, joined the Tari Branch Team for the project handover on 7th July 2021, while in the province.
Head teacher of Tari Admin Primary School Emmanuel Malimbu in thanking BSP for the timely assistance said Education Subsidies were not sufficient to run the school as well as improve the leaning facilities hence the assistance meant so much to them.
BSP’s Tari Branch has not only delivered this project. As a community bank, it has assisted the community it operates in with other projects. In 2016, water tanks were installed at Habare SDA Primary, Hela Technical and Tigibi Primary. Halogali and Pureni Health Centres were given solar generators each in 2019 to assist its health service delivery while Oiebia Secondary School’s E-Library was set up last year with Computers and Printers as part of Tari Branch contribution to the community.
Last month the Koroba Branch was open in the province, providing more facilities to deliver basic banking services for the nine-year old Hela Province and its people.
BSP Group General Manager Daniel Faunt said the opening of the Koroba Branch in the Koroba – Lake Kopiago District “exemplifies what BSP is as an organisation and what we do to support our country, our communities and people through vital service delivery.”
“To the Komo-Margarima District, you will find our Komo Sub-Branch. As home of the PNG LNG Gas Project, BSP Komo Sub-Branch services more than 30,000 people in the area offering efficient banking services to the rural masses,” Mr Faunt said.
“Our Tari Branch customer base goes as far as Magarima bordering with Southern Highlands Province, Bosavi near the border of Western Province which is only accessible by bush track and plane and the furthest being Kopiago. We are the people’s bank and will continue to go and deliver where no other banks go,” Mr Faunt further added.
Since 2014, BSP has delivered eight Community Projects in Hela Province valued at K205, 000.