Being Part of a Family Initiative
Pilot Tim, from MAF PNG.
Thomas Hoey with his Uncle Rob Hoey.
Tom Hoey worked as a Bible Translator and was involved in translating the complete Bible into the language of the Bedamuni people. Salome Hoey who attended a 6-week nurse training took what she had learned and both herself and Tom began humanitarian work and from there established the first and only Health Centre located in Mougulu. Both are actively involved in the community of Mougulu. They played a huge role in the development of the Mougulu airstrip and went on to develop 7 other airstrips outside the remote areas of Mougulu making it easy for those communities to receive and access much-needed services. They also set up the Biami Radio station, Bible School, Elementary school, Primary school and the Mougulu Hospital which is currently known as the EBCPNG Health Centre.
As a result of the Hoey family’s initiative to provide essential services for education and health; surrounding villages and communities consider Mougulu a central place they can go in order to have access to education and health.
Sally Lloyd Hoey.
Rob Hoey with Norm Turtle and John Baskerville working on the hydro.
Norm Turtle and John Baskerville.
Whilst waiting for the new hydro-plant, the Health Centre was using a combination of diesel generator and a 12-volt solar panel. Both, however, at times were unreliable and have caused many problems for the staff and patients. These problems range from the inability to run life-saving oxygen concentrators, ceiling fans and more concerning is the fact that the vaccines go to waste as they are not stored at the right temperature because of limited power. In addition to this, is the expense on anti-venom vaccines and five 200 Litre diesel fuel drums including additional transport costs of the fuel by plane since there are no accessible roads.
The ECPNG Health Center running on their newly installed solar system.
Another Community Health Worker, Mary Nema said that night emergencies are usually difficult because there is limited light available, so they would depend on torch lights or other form of light to be able to see what they are doing.
We are so blessed that CRMF could play a part in that by providing a consistent, high quality and dependable power source through the solar installation that will provide a 24/7 power source.
Lukas Schadegg, Ismael Doroware and Gollinson Wena.