Giving back to help local people in Papua New Guinea
The Kokoda Track Foundation supports the indigenous people of Papua New Guinea through education, health and community service programmes. This charity was founded in 2003 to give back to the local community in support of the selfless help they gave Australian soldiers in World War II.
The Kokoda Track is a 96-km trail that served as a battleground between Japanese and Australian forces in 1942. International SOS has operated in Papua New Guinea since 1994; nearly 90% of our staff of 400 there are Papua New Guinea nationals.
In August 2014, 12 of our employees walked the length of the track to raise $50,000 USD for the charity. Along the way, they offered medical care to villagers, donated books and provided critical medical supplies. These actions support our aim to make a positive impact on health and education in the local communities where we operate.