We’ve been without power for nearly 24 hours now. The problem? A couple months ago a church down the road began building a two story building on the side of the road. There are no building inspectors or other inspectors to make sure that things are done to “code”. Not sure there’s even any sort of code here. This particular building is extremely close to a hydro pole and yesterday one of the wooden beams was rubbing against the hydro wire and it began to burn. The local power company, surprisingly, says it’s a safety issue and the church must either knock out the corner of the second floor of the building or pay to have the hydro pole moved. The crew working on the building decided to leave today as they haven’t been paid in four months. I’m guessing there’s no money for moving the pole. A bunch of expats went down to meet with the pastor of the church and the local power company, but to no avail. The pastor doesn’t want to do anything and isn’t taking any responsibility and the power company refuses to turn on the power unless either one of their two demands is met. So, stalemate. We could go in with some guys and knock the corner off the building, but then it becomes our problem. Not the ideal situation. In the meantime, the top of our road is a noisy, noisy place as everyone is running their generators…. Hopefully something happens soon because my washing machine won’t run on my generator…
Water is always an issue here. If we don’t get rain for a few weeks the wells in town tend to begin to dry up. There are also expat families who rely on rainwater for their daily needs. In the village near our home there are a couple public water taps where the ladies gather to wash their dishes and clothes. They also share a number of public washrooms. But everywhere I go I see leaking and spewing water pipes. The people try to “fix” them by tying a bicycle inner tube around the leaking pipe. It’s a very temporary solution. In the meantime the roads take a beating…

water pipe


About Erica Feunekes

Myself, my husband Hugo and our five kids live and work in Sentani, Papua, with Mission Aviation Fellowship.
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One Response to News…

  1. jbredenhof says:

    What a waste, eh? Too bad you can’t just tap into that geyser! Hope you get powered up again soon – or else put on your cleanest dirty shirt.

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