The School

Trip Start Oct 2001
Trip End Dec 2003

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Wednesday, December 7, 2005

So this is where I was working. Wabag Secondary School, at 2500m above sea-level, in the 'last' province; Enga.

Check out the lovely views that I had from house, a sweet little semi, looking across the valley, with the market and school below.

The school was full of plenty of characters, with varying degrees of skill, dedication and at times ineptitude and laziness. The kids were great though, hardworking and well behaved when they came to class, which they didn't always do.
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Doug Oemcke on

I taught at the Rakamanda SDA school 1957/58. The school was then moved over to Paglum, Mt Hagen where we had more land for gardens etc. I really loved it there. Beautiful climate and good people. I consider the Enga Valley to be paradise. I am sorry to hear that things are not quite so good there now. I wish the people realized how well off they really are. I would love to come back and visit some day. I am 80 in August this year but I am still pretty well and mobile.
God bless Wabag.

Levi Sap on

Thanks for the wonderful comments. I was searching using Google for a Wabag map and arrived at this blog. Thanks Robin for posting the pictures, I am from Wabag myself and proud of it. God bless all of you for helping our people in Wabag and keep being a blessing to others and He will reward you accordingly.

Doug, my father's name is Pastor Sap Kandapole. He mentioned your name few times when he talks of Rakamanda SDA school. It's blessing to know that you still strong. I will mention it to my old man who is retired and lives in Wabag. I am living in Port Moresby.

Mr. Meck Minnala on

Hi Mr Oemcke, I am from Rakamanda and my fathers speaks highly of you. I breifly remember you when you come to attend the Enga Golden Jubilee in 1994. Well the beauty of this place that you knew is now consumed by tribal fight but peace has been negotiated and settlement underway. Some of us a volunteerily working around the clock to rebuild the place and only the grace of God will see us through.
More updates on the rebuilding of the Rakamanda school can be found at "Rakamanda Restoration Foundation" Website on facebook.

God bless..!

Lawrence Nicholas on

Hi Mr. Minalla,
Thanks for your comments. I accidently came to this site and I was really happy with your comments.
It forced me to recall some of our old time memories back at Wabsec. Upon your arrival at Wabsec from UOG, you were our most influential young and vibrant techer we had ever had. Your wishdom advices, words, speech, actions [and] characters are even today becoming scars in our heart that would never heal.
It was very sad for us to miss you mysteriously like that but it's the path to destiny that people have passed through in life.

Mr. Minalla, about the restoration of Rakamanda, I'd like to say that home is where the heart is so I urge you to continue the good work to restore peace and harmony in Rakamanda

Best Regards,

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