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living On the front line eastern region of the country, most of it then under the control of the Tamil Tigers. “We reconstructed over 1000 houses, started over 2000 micro enterprises, set up water purification plants, installed over 100 tube and bore wells, and set up community centres. “During the Tsunami in 2004, tens of thousands lost their homes, livelihoods and loved ones. Everyone I met had a sad story to tell, most often with tears. “But when their (new) homes were completed and handed over to them with the keys, the smile and the gratitude was a sight to behold.” In 2006, Markus took on the role of national program manager of the post-tsunami refugee project in Sri Lanka. He met his Greek wife there and in 2008 moved to Greece to marry her. A year later they moved to England and he studied for an MA in development and cross-cultural missions, graduating in 2011. “Someone told me that all the studies and courses taken do not mean a thing, but the great teacher is life itself,” Markus says. “I read somewhere else, ‘a moment with someone who has walked the road is more rewarding than consulting a

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thousand pages’. I suppose both are helpful.” Markus says the work he does is continually motivating and that he wants to empower people to break out of poverty. “This doesn’t have to be many (people),” he says. “I am inspired by Mother Theresa, who once said ‘if you cannot feed a hundred people, then just feed one’.” Gabby Markus … “I am inspired by Mother Theresa, who once said ‘if you cannot feed a hundred people, then just feed one’.”

Paradise: the in-flight magazine of Air Niugini, July/August 2016  

The July/August 2016 Issue (Vol 4, 2016) of 'Paradise' magazine, the in-flight magazine of Air Niugini, the national airline of Papua New Gu...

Paradise: the in-flight magazine of Air Niugini, July/August 2016  

The July/August 2016 Issue (Vol 4, 2016) of 'Paradise' magazine, the in-flight magazine of Air Niugini, the national airline of Papua New Gu...