It was many years ago, but seems like only yesterday, Operation Food for Life evolved from its humble beginnings by feeding poverty stricken families living on and near a rubbish dump in Tonga. Today the heart of our core programs includes providing physical and spiritual needs of families living in such horrendous conditions.
Baruni Rubbish dump, located on the outskirts of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, is such a place. Smoke billows relentlessly from the burning garbage. There is little or no relief to escape from the heat and humidity from the weather and smoke. Even spending a short time on the dump your lungs quickly fill with smoke and in many cases eyes start watering.
In this horrific environment, you will see empty oil drums with an iron roof, or dwellings constructed from timber deposited on the dump. Looking more closely you can see people living in these dwellings on the garbage dump. Some families build their shanty dwellings on the doorstep of the mounds of rubbish.
Casting your eyes further afield they quickly draw your attention to people foraging through the garbage salvaging anything of any value to them. Plastic bags are used to store the leftover food they find, for them to eat later. The food is not fit for human consumption.
Baruni is an area you enter at your own risk. Operation Food for Life is the only organisation which continues to bring hope and dignity to the large population in this sub existence environment.
Food parcels consisting of rice, tinned fish, packets of noodles and soap are given out to very appreciative families. "God Bless You" one mother said when receiving the parcel. On some occasions we provide much needed clothing to our friends who inhabit the dump.
These families are part of the Operation food for Life family. It’s our calling and mission. We are all blessed to serve with the confidence we are making a difference in the lives of others.
See Slideshow following of a series of recent visits to Baruni:
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