Kikori Church, women and youth get dinghies
PRK director Abraham Murepe handed over four 40-horsepower motorized canoes to a group of women, youth and churches in Kikori. The groups received one each while the fourth canoe was for general use by the Kikori community.
The groups approached the government and resource developers operating in the area for help with transportation, to no avail.
“We have not received any support to empower ourselves in our activities,” said Kikori District Women’s Council Chairperson Waro Baigei.
“The Kikori Delta area is quite large. It is a difficult place with transport. We had a lot of difficulty in continuing the activities of the SMEs, in participating in the activities of sensitization of the church and of the young people.
“Sometimes we hire private dinghies, but it’s very expensive.”
“We would like to thank Director Murepe and the MRDC for responding to our call. We really appreciate this support. It will empower us,” said Ms Baigei, who traveled to Port Moresby from Kikori to receive the dinghies.
Upon handing over our dinghies, Mr. Murepe said he was happy to help the community meet their specific transportation needs.
“This help comes from the public relations (public relations) funds that I have as director, and I am very happy to help the church, women and young people of Kikori. I know they will put it to good use,” he said.
MRDC Director of Investments, Jordan Paul, who served on behalf of the MRDC leadership, said the three groups receiving the dinghies were key to bringing about positive change in the community.
“Our goal is to provide infrastructure and community outreach in places like Kikori and other project-affected areas to improve living standards and bring about change. The purchase and handover of the dinghies is an example of this intervention, and I commend Director Murepe for initiating this,” Mr. Paul said.
The MRDC and Director Murepe requested the assistance of Santos Ltd to transport the four dinghies and outboard motors to Kikori by barge.