THE Kokoda Initiative, assisted by funding from the Australian government, has delivered more health and education buildings and ablution facilities for communities in the Kokoda Track region.
On Kokoda Day - 3 November - Oro Governor Gary Juffa, Kokoda Track Authority CEO James Enage, and Managing Director of the PNG Conservation and Environment Protection Agency Gunther Joku, joined Rod Hilton from the Australian High Commission in opening a double classroom, two staff houses, a community health post, ablution facilities, an incinerator and three water tanks at Kanga.
“The opening of this aid post is an exciting development for the Kanga population which has had limited access to health services for over 10 years,” said Oro Provincial Health Advisor Copeland Ihove. “The people of Kanga catchment have had to walk up to three hours to see medical staff.”
Maino Vegoli, Oro Provincial Education Advisor, said: “We are confident that the new classrooms will achieve increased enrolment, but most importantly encourage our children to attend school. Kanga primary is the only upper primary school in Ward 1 and we are proud of this achievement.”
Mr Sam Vegogo, Oro Provincial Administrator, said: “What we have here in Kanga is a fantastic example of great development work and partnership. I’d like to thank the Kokoda Initiative and the Australian Government for supporting some of the best community projects we’ve ever seen in the Province.”