Youth With A Mission is counting down the days and fundraising for a new ship that will help with providing medical health care to the people of the country.
The current vessel, MV Pacific Link has very limited space and does not have the capacity to serve year-round in PNG waters.
The 35 year old converted fishing vessel MV Pacific Link and her crew of volunteers have been providing much needed health services and capacity building for rural health workers over the past 5 years.
Days are however counting down for the vessel as YWAM needs a much bigger ship to continue providing services to the rural areas.
So far K4 million has already been given by the Department of National Planning and Monitoring to purchase the MV Ammari which costs K14.4 million.
The new vessel will operate as the mother ship and will have an operating theatre, dental clinic, outpatient medical and surgical facilities including lecture rooms.
Eleven million, four hundred thousand kina still needs to be raised to purchase the ship.
Fundraising events have already started in Australia and General Manager-Community Development, Dr. Sarah Dunn, said the new ship will allow YWAM to serve in more communities.
There are 50 volunteers on board from 12 different countries providing dental care, optometry services and assisting in urban health clinics in the country.
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