August 8, 2017
Canstruct is delighted to announce that construction commenced on July 23, 2017 for a new Tuberculosis (TB) Ward. This project has been instigated by the Oro Community Development Project, (OCDP) which is an Australian humanitarian aid organisation.
The Canstruct Supervisor in Oro is James Chatfield who has been moving heaven and earth to get this project off the ground. He leads a strong local team who have been working with Canstruct since 2014 in the Province. Pictured are Michael Asari, Rodney Rauletta, Errol Mark and Elgin Darego installing the foundations and flooring system for the new TB Ward.
The usual Oro tropical weather and the National Elections have played havoc with the progress of the job but the team are determined to see it through. The motivation is entirely the health and wellbeing of local people who desperately need a dedicated Ward for Tuberculosis. The Ward is being constructed using the Force 10 system which is perfect for tropical Pacific environments.
The Oro Community Development Project (OCDP) have commissioned this construction project with Canstruct. OCDP was established in early 2008 and provides assistance in the areas of health and education in Oro Province, PNG. The Popondetta General Hospital is the main provincial hospital in Oro, serving a population estimated to be in excess of 250,000 people. The new TB ward is desperately needed, as at present TB patients are being nursed with other medical patients in one ward. TB is a highly contagious disease so a specific ward for TB patients is a medical necessity. Unfortunately Tuberculosis is rife and increasing in PNG.
Australian father and daughter John and Emily Kleinig from the OCDP first approached Dan Murphy the Project Director for the Oro Bridges project in early 2016 about this project. John and Emily are passionate advocates for OCDP and the Oro Province. They spent many years living in PNG and love the Country! They were impressed with Canstruct’s can do performance in PNG and wanted to align OCDP with Canstruct. Dan and his father Robin share their passion and were immediately keen to help. Canstruct has committed to construct this health facility at no cost. We expect that the building will be complete in September 2017.
To read more on the work of the Oro Community Development Project, click on the following link. http://www.oropng.org
Richard was injured after falling from a tree in 2008. Richard’s family “always thought that there was no hope of getting a new wheelchair for him. He was using a wrecked wheelchair that he had for almost eight years and Richard was surprised to receive a new wheelchair that cost him nothing to pay. It was a blessing to him personally. The family have thanked the donor agencies – Canstruct, the National Orthotics and Prosthetics Services from the National Board for Disabled Persons and Motivation Australia for supporting and helping people like Richard who are living with a disability. Since then Richard has been really enjoying his new found independence and mobility and Canstruct’s Des Gwillams bumped into him on the road in April with a friend pedalling from his village to visit family and friends. As he told Des, it has changed his life.
“The people of Kokoda District where the Kumusi project site thanked Canstruct and the National Orthotics and Prosthetics Services for good caring support and help.” Vincent Gandari.
Canstruct has been happy to assist the National Orthotics and Prosthetics Services (based in Port Moresby) to deliver the wheelchairs to the Oro Province and help with the wheelchair assessments and fittings by providing accommodation and some travel when staff travel from Port Moresby. Canstruct staff including Des Gwilliams, WInston Janjara, and Vincent Gandari have all being integrally involved in delivering this much needed resource to disabled people in the Province. This wheelchair project is an Australian/PNG collaboration which has worked well. Six people have been provided with wheelchairs including: Ambrose Manuel from Oro Bay; Chad Emo from Eroro River; Richard Hara from Kokoda; Robert Mark from Ambogo;Jerry Sasora from Ajeka Village and Jason Kunakuna from Alotau.
Des Gwilliams with Jerry Sasora (in wheelchair) from Ajeka Village and Jerry’s family and friends. Sadly Jerry passed away just a few days later, but he had felt the sun on his face and been able to go around the village for the first time on his wheelchair, after being confined for months in a bed in a small hut.
Embogo Church Book Delivery
Read about it here: Embogo Church Book Delivery – 21st April 2016
Canstruct sponsors the Oro Football Club
Dan Murphy, General Manager of Canstruct was happy to support the Oro Football Club with a cash donation of K30,000 and also to supply a team uniform for the team.
The team are doing well and sitting on the 4th spot. This photo is from late March, 2015.