by Vasinatta Yama, EM TV – Port Moresby
Persons with special needs living in Pari Village of Central Province, are feeling neglected by their community members.
It is a problem that they have been living with for a long time now, and they feel it has hindered their drive to contribute more to activities in their local community.
Chairman of Pari Disabled Self-Help Organisation, Karoho Donisi, said disability is an endless issue for them.
On December 3rd, PNG observed International Disability Day. Out of the 900,000 plus people living with special needs in PNG, only 2 per cent received some form of treatment and services.
These people want to live in a society where they can be empowered with opportunities and choices, and are valid members of the Community.
Today, a total of 52 persons with special needs in Pari village dressed in their uniforms to welcome Santa Claus.
Santa gave them lolly pops, dolls, food items and Christmas gifts.All gave their best smiles to Santa as this was their first time to get a Christmas Gift from Santa himself.
They received those gifts from the staff of the Royal Papuan Yacht Club and sponsors.
The Club General Manager, James Illing, said every year they go out and give gifts to those who are unfortunate. This is their 10th year of charity work.