42-year-old Raymond Genabayo is a currently living at the PNG Rehabilitation Centre in Port Moresby, and has spoken about the challenges faced of living with special needs in the institution.
Genabayo comes from a mixed parentage of Milne Bay and Central provinces.
Following the temporary closure of the centre, other people with special needs left except for Raymond, who has been living there for seven months.
Speaking to EMTV News he said life has been difficult.
“Person[s] with special needs needed medicine and other things to sustain themselves,” he said.
The Brown Kapi Foundation has occasionally helped him by providing money to pay for his necessary needs. Other times he has made sacrifices such as sitting in front of stores and supermarkets begging to make ends meet.
“I collected 10t and 20t at the end of the day I make K50 to buy my dinner,” Raymond added.
He is appealing to authorities to recognise people with special needs and help them in cash and kind.
Meanwhile, the centre has been temporarily closed by order of management.
The PNG Rehabilitation Centre is affiliated to umbrella association National Disabled Persons Association.