Churches keeping remote Gulf healthy, educated

Normal, Papua

By Rachel Harvey

CHURCHES in the Kamea area in remote Kaintiba district in Gulf have been lauded for providing vital services such as education and health where government services have been lacking despite successive governments over the years.
According to former manager of the defunct Kotidanga Vocational Centre Nelson Aila, without the education provided by the various churches, the people would still be living in the “Stone Age” era.
With a population between 35,000 and 36,000, the Kameas  have always been overlooked from getting a fair share of basic governmental services.
While the Kamea people have always been peace loving people, they continued to miss out on  goods and services.
“While monies and goods and services have always been budgeted for the Kamea areas, these goods and services, including vital projects, have always never gone further then the Malalaua district,” Aila told The National last week.
“Village life for the people has always been a struggle where sick people are still being carried for up to two or three days to the nearest aid post while coffee bags have to be carried through difficult terrain to nearest buyer, only to end up with a mere K2,” Aila said.