THE Ningil Friends of Nano are an enthusiastic and committed group of women, men and youths in the picturesque highlands of the Sandaun Province of Papua New Guinea.
The group, supported by Sr Bernadine Telami, meets regularly to pray, share and reflect on the Gospel and life and work of Nano Nagle and the Presentation Sisters.
The growing awareness of human rights and justice encourages the Friends of Nano to seek ways of acting to make a difference within their community.
The prevailing cultural practices and attitudes of the Papua New Guinea society can either hinder or support an expression of human rights.
Within this context the Friends of Nano are challenged to raise issues and reflect on how they can help support those in the local communities or challenge unjust practices.
The Friends of Nano visit the sick and support the youth of the surrounding villages.
Joseph (pictured) is one such person assisted by the Friends of Nano. Since his wife died and his daughter married and lives in another village, Joseph has struggled with failing health to care for himself in his own home.
There are no shops, nursing home facilities, no electricity or running water. It would be impossible for ‘Joseph’ to fetch water from the river or gather food from the bush.
He needs the support of a stick to get from his indoor dwelling to the outside fire of his hauswin (garden house) where he sits all day and can see others in the village as they pass by.
The Friends of Nano assist with personal care, take food and water and sit and chat with him. Joseph is mentally alert and thoroughly enjoys the companionship they bring.
Friends of Nano – quiet achievers for Papua New Guinea.