The National, Tuesday July 2nd, 2013
By WAIE DAWAI
A SERVICE provider in the Waria Valley of the Morobe patrol post area has been building and enhancing educational facilities and providing community needs in the Huon Gulf district.
Eco-Homes coordinator Giria Zia is a former Waria Valley programme coordinator for Habitat for Humanity International.
His experience in dealing with partners and programmes was the fundamental reasons Eco-Homes is investing in Huon district.
Zia has been instrumental in channelling support and funding from the Huon district office and co-partner Culture Link (PNG) Limited to build classrooms in the area.
Their mission is accomplished by volunteers who dedicate their time and skills by hand delivering hope in building educational opportunities and relationships.
Today some of the communities in the district have modern classrooms compared to the sago thatched roofs and bare ground floors they previously had.
“We have the opportunity to help make a difference now before it’s too late. The challenge should be ap ersonal mission for everyone,” Zia said.
“The people live together and work together, and the result of their joint labour is the property of community.
“Development appears an attractive idea but it must be treated with care for those who have little or no knowledge of it.
“Eco-homes provide funds and sawmills while the communities contribute tree for timber and land for the buildings.
“In doing this, eco-homes develops self-confidence; instils esteem and self-pride among many underprivileged people.
“In this way, we are able to help promote and maintain community pride and community vitality,” he said.