The PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum hasdonated K5,000 to the Hanuabada Village Fire Appeal to help those families affected recover from the fire disaster that has left more than 200 people homeless when fire destroyed their houses on the 19th and 22nd of August.

The first fire incident which happened on the afternoon of 19th August saw 15 houses burnt down while the second incident which happened in the early hours of 22nd August claimed three more houses.

The Chamber, led by its staff including its Executive Director Dr Albert Mellam visited the families and made the donation which included clothes, cooking utensils and kids toys donated by the staff.

On hand to receive the donations was coordinator of the appeal Mr Dadi Toka Jnr and some of the families.

Speaking during the donation, Dr Mellam said the Chamber hoped it assistance would help those families rebuild their lives.

“Port Moresby is what it is today because of the generosity of the people of Hanuabada and the other Motu Koitabuan villages who gave their land for the city to be built. The Chamber, like other organisations operating out of Port Moresby is grateful for that,” Dr Mellam said.

“Houses are important to us all. Losing your home to fire is something most families wouldn’t want happening because it causes a lot of stress and distraught, especially for children and the elderly. The Chamber felt compelled to help in what little we can so that the affected families can quickly rebuild their lives,” he added.

The Chamber is appealing to other business houses in Port Moresby to help the Hanuabada families recover from the incident.

Caption: PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum Executive Director Dr Albert Mellam (third from right) with Chamber staff handing over the donations to some of the families including relief committee coordinator Dadi Toka Jnr (right).