The National, Wednesday 12th June 2013
By DOROTHY MARK
THE City Mission counselling and training centre for unfortunate youths in the country has opened a branch in Madang.
The official launch of the organisation’s office on Monday evening marked its third establishment apart from Port Moresby and Lae.
City Mission executive officer Pr Larry George said in Madang, they would provide pastoral care, counselling, nutrition, education and employment for unfortunate youths.
“There are thousands of unfortunate youths out on the streets who needed to be fed three meals a day, needed education as well as mental and spiritual care and employment. But most end up in jails,” George said.
He said the City Mission would care for and feed them, educate and provide employment training and engage them with companies as casuals to work and move on from there.
George said the problem with his establishment in Madang was land.
Former chief justice Sir Arnold Amet said Madang was good place to start with.
“I sit in courtrooms for 20 years and send them to jail which is not the solution, we have to stop them before they go to jail,” Sir Arnold said.
Governor Jim Kas said land would be sought through the provincial lands board and committed K50,000 to help the organisation set up in Madang.
“The K50,000 is to get them started and another K100,000 will be budgeted for in December for City Mission’s full operation next year,” he said.