Archdiocese of Madang, Papua New Guinea
The Catholic Archdiocese of Madang is responsible for many schools, hospitals, clinics, community centres and churches throughout Madang Province, which extends from the coast back to Mt Wilhelm, the country’s highest peak. Many of these buildings were constructed in German and Australian colonial days and are in need of ongoing maintenance and renovation.
At present there are several local staff working for Madang Archdiocese in the area of maintenance, however they require additional skills which will take time and mentoring to develop.
Palms Australia recruited Frank Hanrahan, a carpenter from Bungaree to work in Madang for two years. He will work closely with local staff, sharing skills and expertise and contributing to long-term sustainable development.
Frank has many years of experience in carpentry and joinery. He has worked on many building sites, including new houses, renovations and extensions.
Frank’s experience in a rural setting will help him adjust to life in Madang and explore techniques with local staff which are applicable and sustainable in their context.
In letters of recommendation, Frank has been described as a hard-worker, most reliable and a positive member of any team. He remains fit and active and brings enthusiasm and energy to his work.
Frank will now contribute to reducing poverty in Papua New Guinea, by developing the skills of local tradespeople to increase their opportunities and ensure future development for the people of Madang.
June 11, 2010
Frank Hanrahan, from Bungaree, has just completed his two year placement as a carpenter for Madang Archdiocese, PNG.
I have been working on the main building which has about ten bedrooms with a big living area on the ground floor. A local man who was given some carpentry training by Fr Zuccolo helped me replace some rusting gutters and repair the roof and windows. He is now repairing the windows of an older building while I have given the living room of the main house and the kitchen and dining room some maintenance to doors and latches and a couple of coats of paint. I have also scraped and sanded tables and chairs and re-varnished them. There was a young chap working there when I arrived, but he has gone to Br Stan’s class at Danup to do two years carpentry training.
There is also a gang of six from Manam Island who had been trained by Fr Zuccolo who have extended and renovated the other living quarters where people can stay when they come for seminars, conferences or training. They have an experienced carpenter in charge, so I have left them to look after that. It has been a busy little area for a couple of months.
It has been a very wet year over most of PNG so far, and its playing havoc with the roads. I was to go with Fr Itigo to his parish west of Bogia to work out the best way to extend their church but a landslide had blocked the road, so there was a 3/4 hour walk at the end. As I had hurt my leg, it meant we had to postpone it. Its rained a lot more since, so I’m not sure when we will get there. Fr Ronnie from the same area also has some walking to do to reach his parish, so hopefully the dry season will be here soon. Fr Adrian from Banara has some work for me in his house so I don’t think I’ll run out of work! That is 30kms down the coast from Bogia. Fr Michael has marked out a tennis court behind the church so we have some exercise on Sunday afternoons. I wait until he and Fr Adrian have worn each other out before I tackle them.
March 12, 2010
I have been working on the main building which has about ten bedrooms with a big living area on the ground floor. A local man who was given some carpentry training by Fr Zuccolo helped me replace some rusting gutters and repair the roof and windows.
December 12, 2009
They are constructing some big buildings and living quarters and have almost completed a 135 km pipe-line to a processing plant not far from Madang. They will send material down the 600mm pipeline, process it and dump the leftovers in the sea. Who knows what effect that will have on the fish over a 20-year period?
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Papua New Guinea
Area: 462,840 sq. km.
Median Age: 21.5
Literacy: 57.3 %
Languages: Tok Pisin (New Guinea Pidgin), English, Motu, c.820 indigenous languages
The terrain of Papua New Guinea varies from its rugged mountainous spine to its beautiful beaches to its volcanic islands to one of the world’s largest swamps and the large river systems of the Sepik and Fly rivers. These geographical differences have created a unique country with many diverse cultures. The ties within a family […]