Wednesday, March 2, 2011

CHW School Graduation 2011

2011 CHW graduationThe first building of Rumginae Health Centre was opened in 1967. Aid Post Orderly Training commenced in 1968 with 6 male, grade 6 leavers. In 1988 Community Health Worker (CHW's) Training commenced, and APO training ceased. On February 16, 2011, the 32nd group to graduate from the school, this time 9 young men and 10 young women entered the rank of CHW. It is planned that the school will continue to expand and that there will soon be 80 students living here at Rumginae. (40 in each year).

CHW GradCommunity Health Workers (CHWs) are the backbone of rural health care in PNG. A well trained and motivated CHW can make an enormous impact on the health of the village where they work. Many CHWs work in remote places which might be many days walk or canoe ride from a town, where there are no shops, banks, cars, no phones and no electricity. Working as a CHW is not aCHW grad particularly lucrative job. They work to serve their community. Many also work to serve their Lord and to bring glory to His name.

The actual graduation was full of ceremony with many speeches. Daniel shared with the gathering from the bible using Philippians 2.

Christ encourages you, and his love comforts you. God's Spirit unites you, and you are concerned for others. Now make me completely happy! Live in harmony by showing love for each other. Be united in what you think, as if you were only one person. Don't be jealous or proud, but be humble and consider others more important than yourselves. Care about them as much as you care about yourselves and think the same way that Christ Jesus thought: Christ was truly God. But he did not try to remain equal with God. Instead he gave up everything and became a slave, when he became like one of us. Christ was humble. He obeyed God and even died on a cross. Then God gave Christ the highest place and honoured his name above all others. So at the name of Jesus everyone will bow down, those in heaven, on earth, and under the earth. And to the glory of God the Father everyone will openly agree, "Jesus Christ is Lord!" (Phil 2)


CHW GradWe heard from the Governor of Western Province, Dr Bob Danaya, and from many other dignitaries including representatives from PNG Sustainable Development Program, Ok Tedi mining health representatives and Churches Medical Council. It was special to see all these graduating CHWs standing proudly to recite the Health Workers pledge.

CHW Grad

CHW Grad







CHW gradThe CHW school is involved in a project funded by the European Union to get water tanks and toilets into villages. An offshoot of this project was a competition to make (weave) a billum with the Western Province flag on one side and the EU flag on the other. All entries were very skilful.


School roomWe start each school day with devotions. The people in this photo come from 5 different villages and 3 different language groups. We have much joy singing, reading and praying together.  It is wonderful to see the unity that we can have in Christ.

Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.

Sam is in kindergarten now and we are all enjoying being and learning together. He is approaching learning to read with the same enthusiasm that he approaches all of life and it is a delight to be teaching him.  His great excitement at being able to read more and more words reminded me of the joy we have when God gives us a deeper understanding of His word as we read it each day.

And I will ask the Father and He will give you another Counsellor to be with you forever – the Spirit of Truth. John 14:16-17a

God Bless

Daniel, Tammy, Tom, Rosie and Sam

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