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Sharing the Future - Young Papua New Guineans

by Bismark Ramu Group
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Sharing the Future - Young Papua New Guineans
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Sharing the Future - Young Papua New Guineans
Sharing the Future - Young Papua New Guineans
Sharing the Future - Young Papua New Guineans
Sharing the Future - Young Papua New Guineans
Sharing the Future - Young Papua New Guineans
Sharing the Future - Young Papua New Guineans
Sharing the Future - Young Papua New Guineans
Sharing the Future - Young Papua New Guineans
Sharing the Future - Young Papua New Guineans
Sharing the Future - Young Papua New Guineans
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Build up of unatural green mud.jpg

As part of Bismark Ramu Group’s second last patrol for 2014, a team of
community facilitators visited a community called Abbef.

Abbef community is a coastal hamlet of the Gidaget people situated in
Ward One of Ambenob Local Level Government in the Madang District of
Madang Province. This community of people, who are part of the 80-85%
of the population in Papua New Guinea, depend on the natural
environment as the main provider of their basic needs. As for the
Abbef community, mangrove ecology plays a vital role in their daily
lives. For instance, for housing: posts, frames and thatch roofs are
harvested from the mangrove tree and sago palms that grow in there.
Starch from sago including fish and clams make up their meals. Fertile
land along the mangrove and river are used for growing food and other
crops to sell for income. The streams feeding the mangroves are their
source of water consumptions.

Following a request from Mr Jawas, a prominent leader in the Gidaged
area, Rosewitha, Schola, Palau and Rachel visited Abeff community to
assess his claims of pollution by the waste disposal system from the
nearby RD Tuna Canning factory.

According to the patrol report, a formal meeting was held with
representatives from the affected communities to learn about their
ordeal. It was gathered that since 1995 the community has been
witnessing and experiencing a series of tragedies due to the
additional substance from the tuna factory into their waterways.
Tragedies such as murky swamp-like water as opposed to the once
crystal clear water, chronic skin diseases, unseasonable perishing of
clams and housing materials and the contamination of their water
consumption source.

Since then their attempts to get the RD Tuna Company and the
responsible government authorities in the province to address these
issues have been frustratingly unsuccessful. The community reached out
to BRG in the hope that their ordeal can be publicized to get the
attention of relevant audiences.

Following is a call by Rachel to any mangrove expert who can
assist in this campaign, which was posted on Facebook last week.
Pictures are attached.

“Mothers crying, fathers crying, children crying, who helps who
anymore in this life, in our country Papua New Guinea. Who else do we
tell our problems to if the one you and I voted for is not going to,
doesn't even care to listen and pay attention. MPs and Governors and
the Prime Minister. Again, yet another corporation, the RD Tuna
Cannery in the Madang Province is making the Mis/Talitin people to
suffer, because of the waste it dumps into their river system which in
turn flows into the mangroves and into the sea. The river that brings
life to their crops, mangroves & everything in it, the gardens and the
people themselves. The mangroves are dying, plants growing along the
river bed are being clogged by these green-like cloths, washed
downstream from the RD outlet. Fish and the famous kina shells mostly
found in mangrove systems are dying after getting swollen to some
extend, and the water that's supposed to be crystal clear is now
murky-dusty-milky brown. If you're a mangrove expert or knows a
mangrove expert, do inbox me please for the sake of these suffering

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Close up of unatural green mud.jpg
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Algae-like substance growing on water surface_RS.jpg
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Tangu Primary School students take a stand.
Tangu Primary School students take a stand.

Stella is a Community Facilitator with the Bismark Ramu Group. She comes from Amuk village, which is part of 13 other villages that make up the Tangu Catholic Parish in Bogia, Madang Province in Papua New Guinea.

The people of Tangu are currently being threatened with displacement and landlessness as prospective mining companies show interest to mine coal in their area.

Having this in mind, Stella approached Tangu Primary School to conduct two information-sharing sessions with the students. The first session was held on the 28th of April with over 100 students from kindergarten to grade 2. Information about the National Flag and the 5 National Goals and Directive Principals was shared and discussed. The 09th of May saw close to 300 students from grades 3 to grade 8 participate in a similar discussion. However, for this older students Stella also shared information about the issues of Land-Grabbing and Mining.

This generated a lot of interest from the school and leaders in the community. Follow-up sessions were scheduled and held from the 19th – 29th May. This time two other Bismark Ramu Group Community facilitators, Mark and Bailal, assisted Stella. Updated information relating to land grabbing and mining, including videos was shared with the students and the whole community.

An achievement of this joint campaign between Bismark Ramu Group and Tangu community was the unanimously call from the community to end further discussions about mining on their land. The opportunity to make their decision known presented itself when government officials and representatives from Pacific Mining Company visited Amuk village to rally for coal mining. This happened on the morning Stella, Mark and Bailal were to conduct an information-sharing session in Amuk village.

“I could not believe both students and the adults were able to stand their ground and talk against the proposal for mining in the area. Some children even mentioned to me that they will keep an eye on the adults to make sure they do not entertain talks about mining,” Stella said.

July 16th Bonus Day

Bismark Ramu Group is grateful to you for helping us launch the “Sharing the Future – Young Papua New Guineans” campaign on Global Giving during July 16th Bonus Day.

Your belief, commitment and generous support to our work helped us raise $3,000 in one day!!

And to top it all off, Bismark Ramu Group also got LEADER Status. Which means 40% matching funds in the next Partner Rewards Bonus Day!!


Stella and students discuss the flag
Stella and students discuss the flag
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Bismark Ramu Group

Location: Madang - Papua New Guinea
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Bismark Ramu Group
Julianne Sapi
Project Leader:
Julianne Sapi
Madang, Madang Papua New Guinea

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