CHURCH PROJECT BRINGS WATER TO PNG PROVINCE

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By Lorna Holeong

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, July 19) - The Nazarene Church Health Ministries and AusAID, through the Community Development Scheme (CDS), has funded a water supply project and a community hall for the people of Bukapena, in Western Highlands Province.

More than 500 turned up to witness the opening of the projects last Friday.

The 3 km water supply project and the K47,000 (US$14,593) community based health care office was an initiative of the Nazarene Church health ministries and AusAID through the CDS and supported by five local councilors.

CDS regional manager Francis Kup told the people that in order for these services and developments to last long, the community must learn to have respect for them.

"If you look after theses services then they will last long in your community and you will benefit from them," Kup said.

"Our role is to help you, we will only come in when we see that you can not go any further because of funds."

Former health minister and Middle Ramu MP Tommy Tomscoll and former health secretary and now Member for Abau and Minister for State Enterprises and Information Puka Temu opened the temporary health care office in 2001.

With the help from AusAID, a local contractor has converted the three bush material houses into a permanent building.

Half of that building will be used for adult literacy programs and community issues. The other half will be used as the health care office and Aid-post.

Project coordinator Andy Muka also urged the community to take care of the services in order to benefit from them.

Muka said the National Volunteer Services of Papua New Guinea would be releasing two full time nurses to work together with the 120 local volunteers.

Dignitaries who attended the ceremony were Western Highlands Deputy Governor Wai Rapa, Provincial Finance chairman Nathan Wantepe and a representative from CDS.

July 20, 2004

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