Wantok system good to care for orphans: Polye

The wantok system plays an important role, especially in providing social security for orphans who lose their parents through deaths caused by HIV and AIDs, says Opposition Leader Don Polye.

“Wantokism can breed corruption.  However, trust and love and care between relations can give love, homes and a future to orphans,” said Mr Polye when closing NCD World AIDs Day at Sir John Guise Indoor complex in Port Moresby.

He said Papua New Guineans need to look after orphans of those who died of the deadly virus.

“I always think about who would look after my kids if and when I die.

“Lewa blo mi save bruk taim mi tingim displa so yumi lukautim pikinini husait mama na papa blo ol indai pinis lo displa sik. (My heart breaks when I think about who should take custody of my kids when I die from the disease),” said a concerned Polye.

He said he is now looking after a couple that is living with the virus.

“We need to learn how to care for those living with the virus.  They need to be loved – and never condemned.  Jesus said, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.”  Let us follow Jesus’ example. 

“We need to learn to care for those infected. And a special love must go to the children of parents living with the virus.  They need homes, love, food, school so we should help them with these,” said Mr Polye.

Mr Polye came to the financial aid of the orphans and vulnerable children with a commitment of K10, 000. The orphanage program is run by the National AIDs Council.

“Poverty and lack of quality education places our teenagers at risk.   Skills development, employment creation and good governance are key to fighting HIV/AIDs,” said Mr Polye.

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