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Amea’s story: Building a village school out of nothing

Amea Basel
Amea Basel - worked with fellow villagers to build the self-sufficient OKA school


Having wisdom and understanding is better than having silver or gold. It is good to have nice things, but there are very few things in life that can never be taken away, and education is one of them (Proverbs 16:16)

PORT MORESBY - The journey that changed my view of life started when I joined Youth With a Mission PNG (YWAM PNG) as a general volunteer on their third outreach for 2019 to the Gulf and Western Provinces of Papua New Guinea.

The journey was an eye-opener for me, a Papua New Guinean who has spent most of my life in the city and in other more developed provinces than Gulf and Western.

During the second week of outreach I was at Korovake Village in the Baimuru District when I met Amea Basel, a tremendous young Gulf Province woman.

Her story changed my life.

It got me thinking, ‘what am I doing for my country?’

Amea, 26, was motivated to start a phonics school in her village after attending a project facilitated by the United Nations Development Program at Kapuna Village, also in the Gulf Province.

After the program, Amea saw the need to build a school in her community. She says she realised that children are the future leaders of the country and education is the key for them to achieve this.

Many children in her village do not know how to read and write in English and Amea believes the school will develop their reading and writing skills.

And so the Olavi Korovake Akelavi (OKA) school was built in 2017 and started enrolling students on 18 February last year.

Amanda Yeou graphicThe school is self-sufficient and has no support from the government or any non-government organisation. Most of the teaching and learning materials are recycled and bush materials.

Volunteering with Amea are three other village women - Molly Dara, Angela Kaivila and Lucy Viama. These women have pushed hard for the children to learn English and basic number skills.

Their work has inspired me - it is so rare to find people like them.

Amea and her team are asking if any individual or organisation is willing to support the school with stationary like A4 paper, colouring books, alphabet books, number books, counting blocks, pencils and reading and exercise books.

To find out how you can support Amea and her school project, please contact YWAM Medical Ships - Australia & Papua New Guinea at info@ywamships.org.

Children are our nation’s future. Help a child, help the nation!


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Jeremiah Kanawi

Very inspiring Manda.

The exposure was phenomenal to the extent that I believe this piece you wrote about Amea and her school project will be supported by whoever that reads this including me.

Havea Daure

This is surely a testament to humanity. People serving people. This story and many others like it deserve to be heard and acted upon. Great work done volunteers.

Philip Fitzpatrick

Now what was I saying about women and their attitude to leadership?

Imagine 22 Ameas in the national parliament.

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