Kumura Foundation

A treat for ‘Travel2Change’ trek team

Starting on October 25th in Morobe, the team completed the final leg of their journey in Madang on Monday, November 2nd.

The 24 trek members reached Saidor, Raicoast, at 4.30pm. On November 4th, they commuted by dinghy to Madang town; an approximate 5-hour journey.

In Madang, Vincent Kumura of the Kumura Foundation said they were welcomed by prominent businessman, Sir Peter Barter, who gave them the Sugen Aben section of Madang Resort to rest.

Team conquers Finisterre Range challenge

Starting in October 25th in Morobe, the team completed the final leg of their journey in Madang on Monday, November 2nd.  

The goal of the trek is to raise K60,000 to fund the foundation’s three key rural health and education projects in Bundi for 2021.

Vincent Kumura said at 4.30pm, 24 trek members – 20 men and four women –arrived at Saidor Station in the Raicoast District of Madang Province.

The team’s nine-day challenge started at Wantoat on October 25th.

Bundi students to train as health workers

On Tuesday, October 20th, the Kumura Foundation met with Mark Kumul, the principal of the Kundiawa Community Health Worker Training School, to enrol students from Bundi’s seven remote villages to start training in 2021.

“Three more students of Bundi will be enrolled at the Simbu School of Nursing next year, bringing the total number of students undertaking health trainings to 10,” said founder Vincent Kumura.

“The students’ education will be sponsored by the Sir Brian Bell Foundation.

Support for rural communities

The Kumura Foundation donated K10,000 worth of water supply project materials to Emigari to build the water supply for the Bundi Komba Festival site. Emigari is the host site of the recently-launched Bundi Komba Festival.

Founder Vincent Kumura said the donation came under their ‘Community Service’ focus. Additionally, K5,000 worth of materials for the Bundi Women’s Training Centre at Yandera was also donated.

Foundation eyes Mt. Wilhelm challenge

“One of the dire needs of the people of remote Upper Bundi is an ambulance,” stated Vincent Kumura. “Hence we are now embarking on our ‘Climb2Save’ Mt. Wilhelm Summit Challenge to raise K150,000 to buy our ambulance.”

The Mt Wilhelm challenge is scheduled for July 31st to August 2nd.

“Some of you are aware of our last ‘Travel2Change’ COVID-19 Rural Medical Patrol to Jimi border along the rugged and challenging Central Bismarck Corridor crossing Upper Bundi.

A chance encounter

On the final leg of their two-day excursion this morning, they met with Prime Minister James Marape as well as boarded Air Niugini’s Fokker 70 at the Goroka Airport.

These 27 children, aged between 6 and 10, hail from one of the most remote areas of Madang Province.

They started their excursion on Tuesday (July 7th), walking for at least an hour from their transit home at Mondia Pass to Gembogl, Simbu, took a PMV to Kundiawa then travelled for four hours to Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province.

Bundi orphans continue exciting excursion

The twenty-four children, who are schooling in Simbu, are currently on their second term break.

On Tuesday, July 7th, they left Gembogl, Simbu, at 9:30am.

“On our way to Goroka, we stopped at Daulo Top for some scenic views and group photo sessions,” reported founder of Kumura Foundation, Vincent Kumura.

Rare opportunity for disadvantaged children

Aged between six and ten, they are currently attending school in Simbu.

As part of their excursion, the students will get to ride on a 25-seater coaster bus, get to see the big bird Air Niugini land and take off at Goroka Airport, meet the friendly staff and Manager of the Brian Bell Home Centre at Goroka and visit the University of Goroka and the iconic Raun Raun Theatre Building at Goroka, among others.

Road access cleared after 4 months

The Kumura Foundation said the landslide has completely blocked off goods and services to Bundi, affecting the rural coffee farmers, SMEs, schools, health care and other basic government services.

The landslide has also affected all of Kumura Foundation programs in Upper Bundi this year. A big one is the preparation for the Bundi Komba Festival coming up in December.

Hence, under its Community Service focus, the foundation has taken the lead to clear the road and has extended its appreciation to those individuals and groups who made this possible.

TB treatment, immunisation needed

The Kumura Foundation’s ‘Travel2Change’ medical patrol highlighted that tuberculosis and immunisation are two main issues faced by the remote area of Bundi in Madang Province.

The ‘Travel2Change’ medical patrol started walking from Mondia Bridge in Simbu to Snow Pass at Bundi, Madang Province, on Saturday.

Today marks the fourth day of trekking, which saw them set up a rural clinic at the remote Karizokara village of Upper Bundi.