|Project:||The Salesian Works in Papua New Guinea|
|Date of foundation:||1980|
|Place:||Papua New Guinea|
|Province:||FIN - Delegation of Papua New Guinea|
Nestled in the forested swamps of the Gulf region of PNG, Don Bosco Araimiri faced all odds in order to give a proper education to boys and girls who were mainly rejects of the academic system. The government simply could not accept them as it had only a limited subsidy for a mere fraction of those eligible. For sixteen school years the Salesian institution welcomed hundreds of boys and girls and opened up for them possibilities for better living.
The going was not easy. The school suffered many setbacks - like lack of teachers and the difficulty to obtain necessary supplies. But the blow that was hardest to bear was when the sea began to eat into the property. At one point the waves cleared off the staff houses in one sweep. Gradually, a decision was taken to phase out the school and in 1997 the centre was converted into a meeting place for pastoral programmes of the Diocese.
Despite these hurdles, the work continued. Fourteen years later Papua New Guinea was raised to the status of a delegation. The expansion was quick and geographically strategic. The Salesian extended their services to all of the 19 zones of the country.
Confreres and works:
The thrust in most of the works is technical education. The salesians have 5 Technical Schools and Training Centres and one Technical College (DBTI). The number of students benefiting from Technical education are about 800 students who come from all parts of the country.
As the Salesians commemorate the Silver Jubilee of their Salesian presence in PNG, the story of how four simple Salesians disembarked on the shores of Araimiri with just their staunch faith and great love for the young, will be a story to celebrate and thank God for.