Papua New Guinea is one of Australia’s nearest neighbours. Since independence in 1975 there have been difficulties in the provision of health care and education. Whilst improvements continue to be made there is much more that can be done.

Oro Community Development Project (OCDP) is a not-for-profit, humanitarian organisation based in Australia and Papua New Guinea that supports communities in Oro Province, with a focus on training in education and health. Oro lies between the Owen Stanley Ranges and the north coast of PNG in a region that includes the Kokoda track.

Current projects include support for the general hospital at Popondetta, Oro’s capital, and St James’ Primary School at Hohorita, 20km from the main town.

Papua New Guinea’s challenges mean there also is enormous scope to make a difference. Our emphasis is on empowering local people to improve their everyday lives.

Funding for these and other projects comes from generous and compassionate individuals, groups and Australian schools. As well, we actively seek out partnerships with government agencies, business, churches and other NGO’s.

Registered Charity Tick ACNC

OCDP is a registered charity with Australia’s national charity regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC). You can find information about us on the
Charity Register.



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