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A DAY LIVING ON KAPO ISLAND, PAPUA NEW GUINEA. 5.30am Wake to the sound of the roosters. Jump in the sea for a wash. Rinse with fresh water brought in.

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1 A DAY LIVING ON KAPO ISLAND, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

2 5.30am Wake to the sound of the roosters. Jump in the sea for a wash. Rinse with fresh water brought in from the mainland.

3 6am The village bell rings for morning prayer in the church. It is made from an old war cartridge.

4 6.30am Cook and eat breakfast of sweet potato or banana with tea or water. Help with the cooking and assist their parents looking after younger ones. Help feed some animals too – mainly pigs, dogs and chickens.

5 7am Travel in small dug-out canoes (called mon) to the mainland (about 15 minutes depending on tides and wind). Once at school go on work parade cleaning up the school grounds.

6 7.45am Assembly. School lessons till early afternoon. Learn in two languages – Tok Pisin and English.

7 2pm Paddle back to the island bringing back fresh water and coconuts most days.

8 2.30pm Play games such as basketball, volleyball or skipping. There is not enough space to play football on the island. We play games like that on the mainland. (Watch video on YouTube at: )

9 3.30pm Girls help their mothers with preparing the fire to cook the evening meal and to scrape coconuts. Some boys will go fishing – with line and hook, or a net or spear.

10 6pm Evening prayer (15 minutes), led by the catechist or one of the family leaders. This is inside our church.

11 6.30pm Parents, grand parents, brothers and sisters and some cousins or nephews and nieces, all eat rice and fish or tapioca, taro, sweet potato, flavoured with coconut milk. Drink is often from fresh coconuts (or kulau).

12 7pm Homework by the light of a kerosene lamp. In the month of October different families lead the Rosary in the evenings.

13 8pm The village bell rings and all school children are to be home and getting ready to go to bed. Village committee members police this. There will be punishment such as extra work if any students are caught outside of home after 8pm.

14 8.30pm Children sleep on pandanus-leaf mats on the floor covering themselves with a single sheet. It is tropical climate seldom going below 20 degrees. At times it is not so warm when strong winds blow off the sea.

15 Interesting things in our village We have carved totems for each clan.

16 Using leaves for mats. No need for a carpet shop here!

17 No need for a hair salon here either!

18 Traditional money uses shells. Christina is drilling holes in the shells so they can be strung into long beads. Counting money in local Kove tribe language. EreHuaToluPange Lima (Watch video on YouTube at: Listen to John counting the shell money.

19 Our transport is by canoe. They are skilfully hand carved from tall forest trees.

20 We grow cocoa to sell on the mainland.

21 We love to make visitors welcome. We dress up and sing and dance for special occasions.

22 Questions How are these people my neighbours? How are these children blessed? How am I blessed? Jesus taught us about helping when there is a need. What do you think the Kapo kids need? Why?

23 Acknowledgements Thanks to the families of Kapo Island for allowing us to spend a few days with them and sharing their stories. Fr Ed Mali, diocese of Kimbe. Matthias Ire Caritas Papua New Guinea, Diocese of Kimbe. Photos by Fr Philip Gibbs Visit September Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand


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