Churches get K50,000 for development


THE five Catholic churches in Mendi-Munihu district of Southern Highlands have received K50,000 each to improve infrastructure, says district development authority (DDA) chief executive Pora Nema.
Nema said the DDA had given money to them to improve their infrastructure as they were now a new parish that would come under Saint Michaels Tente Parish.
The five churches were allocated K50,000 after they were declared by Mendi Catholic Diocese Bishop Donald Lippert to be a parish.
Nema said the district had other churches that played a vital role in providing schools, health services and other infrastructure.
He said help would also be given to them.
United Church Bishop Rev Stanley Buka said churches mostly depended on their members for contributions through offerings and thanksgiving.
He said church needed continuous support from the Government and other stakeholders.
Buka said this during the United Church Highlands’ region 50th synod in August at Tente mission station.
“The DDA understands the hardship churches have faced after most of their infrastructure was destroyed by last February’s earthquake and it will support churches,” Nema told The National.
He said most of the churches ran their own schools, health facilities and other vital services.

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