Fun leads to funds for Lae Centre 01 February, 2013 – Ukarumpa, Papua New Guinea – Written by Tim Scott The Ukarumpa International School (UIS) is located in the Aiyura valley, Eastern Highland Province and serves a student body of approximately 150 in Kindergarten through grade 6 and approximately 110 in grades 7-12. There are 15 nationalities represented in the school with the majority being international students whose parents work in the language development and Bible translation effort in Papua New Guinea. The students elect officers from the school body that forms a student council. The Student Council is given the responsibility to organize events and activities for all the students. Each year they organize a carnival or “fun fair”. This event is held in October and raises funds for a variety of worthy activities and ministries. This year, the students raised K3750 which was donated to the Lae City Mission New Life Plantation. The New Life Plantation provides support for up to 150 young men, ages 16-24, who work on the plantation to help pay for their board. Earlier this week, 83 young men showed up, but there was only room for 10 additional residents. The rest had to be turned away due to lack of space. There is also a Children’s Crisis Centre, “Haus Clare”, which provides assistance to up to fifteen child victims of sexual abuse and children whose parents have died of AIDS. Executive Director, Larry George visited the Ukarumpa International School and received a check for K3750 from student officers Hannah Hansen and Andi Voss and Student Council President Seong Eun Jung. Larry George expressed his gratitude to all the students, saying, “Profits from the plantation only pay a small portion of the expenses needed to support the work, and the mission relies on donations such as this. Thank you for your help. ” With this additional funding the Lae City Mission can continue to meet the needs of the young men in the city.
For more information on this release, contact ThePNGexperience, PO BOX 413, Ukarumpa, EHP 444, Papua New Guinea Phone: 011 + 675 + 537-4431 or Email: thePNGexperience@gmail.com “Tok Save” is the PNG “Tok Pisin” term for announcement or “For your information”. The English spelling conforms to Commonwealth English spelling.