It was at this time they purchased Suambu Plantation at 11 Mile Lae, an 150 acre fruit plantation that has since become the home for up to 150 homeless or underprivileged youth between the ages of 16-23 who weekly come to us seeking a second chance in life and looking for vocational and agricultural training and employment opportunities. Literacy is also a considered a very important part of our training as many of these youth have had little or no previous schooling.
The Mission feeds, accommodates, clothes and provide medical treatment for these youth free of charge. They are then put through the same four phases as Port Moresby City Mission youth and eventually assisted to locate permanent employment. The Mission is Christian based and we also encourage the young men to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ. The youth also attend church services and morning devotional times on the plantation, as we strongly believe that this helps them to develop a healthy life style.
Many of the youth that come to the Mission for help have been rejected by family and society and have been forced on the streets and join criminal gangs to survive. They have had little protein in their diet and many come covered in sores, scabies and grille, wearing their only possessions. It is remarkable to see the difference that a clean bed and clothing, medical treatment and a healthy diet does to improve these young men.