Objective 2: Ensure sustainability
Develop alternate livelihood strategies within rainforest communities to alleviate poverty and hunger to improve health as well as minimise the existing hunting pressure on wildlife, enabling the sustainable use of their natural resources.
Develop necessary governance documentation, publications, systems and structures to improve the success of receiving support for TCA.
Activities include the development of relevant documentation that is required to establish TCA in Australia and participate in any governance training as required.
To date TCA has established itself in Australia as a Company Limited by Guarantee ACN # 61 607 526 456. TCA Ltd in Australia aims to build its capacity to become a signatory to the ACFID code of Conduct and follow the pathway to accountability. With this in place, TCA Ltd will be able to form valuable fundraising activities and collaborations to expand TCA’s benevolent objectives within PNG. At the same time TCA in PNG will be working closely with the Internal Revenue Commission and lawyers to gain zero GST status with an established trust fund.
Develop the necessary online systems and structures to generate financial support for TCA.
Activities include establishing a TCA bank account in Australia with online banking facilities to process various donations, sponsorship and fundraising activities.
TCA will be the end of 2016 provide online donation system to our supporters.
Provide a central location for community representatives and TCA staff to meet, attend workshops and discuss the workings of the Tenkile Conservation Alliance.
Activities include the expansion of the current infrastructure at TCA Base -Lumi with the development of an ablution block, security fence and staff housing and in villages.
TCA Base - Lumi
The Tenkile Conservation Alliance (TCA) is based in Lum,i which is situated on the Sepik Highway approximately one kilometer from the airstrip. TCA has a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Local Level Government and traditional landowners to use this property, which is about 2 hectares in area. TCA has occupied this land since 2002.
The primary purpose of TCA Base-Lumi is to provide a permanent centre for the stakeholder villages to communicate, conduct meetings, workshops and training for the development of TCA’s programs.
Over the years TCA Base-Lumi has evolved from a simple bush material house with a pit toilet to a permanent compound securely enclosed by a cyclone fence. The base contains the following facilities which are also available for hire:
- Training centre with office
- Research Station with office
- Generator and solar power
- Satellite wireless internet
- Desktop and laptop computers
- Data projector and photocopier
- Chest freezer
- Septic toilets and bush material VIP toilets
- Shower block
- Water tanks
- Bush material accommodation blocks (sleeps up to 100 people)
- Permanent guest house (sleeps up to 4 people)
Two senior staff are accommodated and based permanently at the TCA Base-Lumi. There are also animals enclosures containing tree kangaroos, possums, birds and reptiles. The TCA fish breeding facilities are all part of the TCA base infrastructure.Lumi Research Station – To hire the facilities in Lumi please contact us.
Each year the TCA conducts three to four meetings in Lumi, which involves all TCA staff (18 project staff and 10 support staff), two representatives from all 50 villages (total of 100 people), local Advisory Committee members (4 people) and any interested local level government representatives. So it is not uncommon for us to have at least 130 people in the training centre discussing and learning about TCA activities.
At the TCA meetings we provide the village representatives with all the literature they need to stay up to date. All TCA reps have been given a mobile phone by TCA which can be accessed by most villages via the Digicel mobile phone network.
In Australia we manage all of our online communications include this website www.tenkile.com, our facebook page and twitter account. One of our most expensive but essential assets is the satellite internet connection in Lumi. This service and has an annual cost of K25,000 ($10,000 US) per year. If you would like to help support this aspect of our work please click here.
In addition TCA staff regularly visit and communicate its work throughout the project area during village patrols. This occurs at least three times a year during project implementation.
Maintain the current assets that exist at the TCA Base-Lumi.
Activities include the engagement of full time staff at the TCA base, who manage the base assets including animals, gardens and security personnel.
Maintain and extend the TCA business and office, especially the capacity of communities to develop leadership, management and administrative capabilities.
Activities include providing updates to the Webmaster, attending networking events, grant writing activities and maintaining good governance procedures and accounting records with regular training with local stakeholders and staff.
With the assistance of Stephen Gold, WCN and the UNDP GEF small grants project, 16 local TCA staff now have access to solar power and laptop computers at their houses in their village. This is the very first time our staff have received such valuable support within their village communities.
Personal and Professional Development
TCA aims to develop the capacity of its staff and the people in the local village communities to ensure sustainability of the organisation and all our programs. With personal and professional development training, we believe our staff will be equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to manage TCA well into the future.
Personal and professional development training programs will focus on building peoples' emotional intelligence such as self-esteem (the competence-confidence loop), building empathy and compassion. TCA aims in creating peace, eliminating drama and the poverty cycle and anger management training for village communities. Professional development training for TCA staff includes project management, communication, computer training, financial management training, leadership training, grant writing and capacity building.
We think there is enormous opportunity for community exchange and collaboration here. If your organisation is interested in collaborating with us or wants to fund this program please contact us.