Kumura Foundation

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.

Help arrives for rural orphans

The items, which include 40 mattresses and beddings, towels and cooking utensils, will be used by 54 orphans and disadvantaged children of both Bundi and Simbu at the Irugl Primary School at Mt Wilhelm, Simbu.

The items, including 6,000 library books from the Buk Bilong Pikinini in Port Moresby, were collected from the Brian Bell Home Centre in Goroka and transported by the Kumura Foundation team to Mondia Bridge, Simbu.

These items are currently being stored at the Kumura Foundation’s transit house at Mondia Bridge.

Much-needed assets for rural Gembogl school

Under its rural education focus, Kumura Foundation, a small community-based organisation of Bundi, Madang Province, made the donation on December 10th.

The donations include a 45-inch plasma TV screen, a DVD player, a 3kVA diesel generator, six light bulbs, power boards, cords, including a flash drive containing educational-based videos on various topics to help enhance the learning of the children at ACE.

The passing of traditional knowledge

A traditional group in Papua New Guinea’s Madang Province is not ready to lose this yet.

Kumura Foundation in the last week initiated a culture-based education program.

The first of such, the training is with the objective to revive the Gende (Bundi) Culture and pass these cultural skills to the younger generation to know, appreciate, keep and use where necessary to help improve their livelihood.

Founder Vincent Kumura said the reason for this was the fear that these unique cultural skills will become extinct once their elders pass away.

​Over 2,000 library books for remote school

The school library is quite run down with few outdated books from the 60s and 70s.

The books were donated by the Western Australia through the Ramu Community Resource Centre Association (RCRCA) and were presented to the school by the Kumura Foundation.

The donated books, in various subject areas, range from encyclopedias to non-fiction and fiction novels.

Brahman Secondary deputy principal Joseph Aviamba said the school has never received decent books of such quantity before and therefore they are very thankful.

Volunteer American doctors in Madang

Gama is one of the least developed areas of the Usino-Bundi District of Madang.

The outreach program kicked off yesterday, and will be conducted from February 13-16. It is carried out by a five-member team of medical doctors.

The program reaches out to vulnerable people who are unable to access basic health services.

The medical team consists of the two Americans, one eye specialist from Madang and two doctors from the Kundiawa General Hospital.

Dr Marc Richmond is from California and Dr Maury Krystel comes from North Carolina.