Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas eve day ride

One of my favorite things to do here in Papua New Guinea is go motorcycle riding off center.  This afternoon myself and 4 others went on a ride and tried a road we had never been on before.  The road quickly turned into a foot trail then disappeared all together. 

We ended up on a hill where we couldn't turn around.  As we stopped a crowd of people gathered and offered to guide us down the deep grassy hill. 

I kept having to tell them not to grab onto the exhaust of the engine or they would burn their hands. 

We ended up at a barb wire fence and couldn't get over it.  Some of the kids offered to break some of the fence posts and push down the barb wire so we could get across. 

We finally got out of the deep grass and thought we were out of our predicament but realized we had to ride down a slippery gully and cross a stream and ride back up again.  Again there we lots of people offering to help push our bikes out of this gully.  When we finally got to a regular dirt road we felt bad about the men breaking down their fence for us.  One of the guys offered his nice Buck knife to the village leader and they all seemed happy with this. 

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Friday, December 17, 2010

A gift

A friend of ours named Mesley brought us a Christmas gift the other
day. He makes bamboo carvings and sells them as a way to earn money to
pay school fees for his kids. He cuts pieces of bamboo, blackens them
in fire, then scrapes the black away to make designs.

Last names or surnames do not have as much significance here as they do
in America. Typically a woman will use her father's first name until
she is married. Then she takes her husband's first name for her last name.

Papua New Guineans have a hard time pronouncing Laura so he wrote here
name like it sounds to him, "Roula". As you can see from the picture
Mesley assumed Paul was Laura's last name.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Kainantu Hospital

Some of you may remember our friend Liwai had a baby in February 2010
and they named her Laura or "Rola" after Laura. She came to us last
week very upset and baby Laura looked horrible. A few days later we
learned that she had been admitted to the nearest hospital about a half
hour drive away.

There is a clinic here on the center that provides excellent medical
care but it is outpatient only. When nationals need overnight care they
go to the "haus sik" in Kainantu. We would never dream of going there
for medical care. No food is provided and even worse there is no
running water!

Friday Paul drove there on his motorcycle to see little Laura was doing
and bring Liwai some water and food. Laura has improved quite a bit but
still has a ways to go.