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Kali - "Nails" fund raising for shelter construction project and insight development projects for ethics building in turbulent times

Report by:  Quentin Reilly, MD, Manus Island, June 2004 - August 2013

Papua New Guinea is in a state of change and some social upheaval as old mores and customs disappear and new ones are taken on.  This has resulted in a degeneration of social behavior in town areas and an increase of violence. Unfortunately those who have come from areas with more aggressive ways of life had had a greater influence in the towns than people who have come from more peaceful cultures.  It should be remembered that there are some 800 different language and culture groupings in PNG ranging from the peaceful 'pacific islands'style'.   Fortunately Manus is far north of the mainland of PNG and the large towns and it remains the most peaceful province in the country. 

A program to strengthen ethics by promoting insight was started which included the conducting of a radio program called Dharma Toktok, the production of books and booklets and the holding of workshops/retreats on meditation.  A group has been developed on the West Coast to help develop and foster these activities which is named the 'Sangha Bilong Groim Klia Save' ( group or community for developing understanding and wisdom)

A bank account was started to assist with the basic shelter program promoted by the community government and the Sangha. Accurate annual statements of receipts and expenditures are made.

I have also started a bank account for the use of the people of Kali Island in the Manus Province to assist with the shelter program there.  This account is administered by the local community government member, Mr Linus Maan, together with the pre-school teacher and another member of the community. Accurate annual statements of receipts and expenditures are made.

The money in the account is presently being used to buy nails to assist with dwelling constructions.  It is hoped that in future roofing iron might be purchased.  Kali is at the western end of Manus Island, some 80 kilometres from the main town of Lorengau where there are shops and communication and general government facilities.  The people of the area are monetarily poor subsistence farmers and fishermen.  Economic projects are difficult in the area because of its remoteness.

If anyone would like to give assistance to this project they could contribute to the Kali Buddhist Halivim Account at the Bank of the South Pacific, Lorengau, Manus Island Branch, account number: 1000 753870.

2013 update to above 2004 report - by Quentin Reilly

The project for raising money for nails raised some 20.000 kina over the decade to help people build their houses and this has resulted in good housing on Kali.

We now are raising money for solar lighting, each unit costing about K330 and provides 4 lights.  We are getting an initial 10 units. the bank details remain the same if people are interested in contributing.

Some news regarding other aspects of Manus Island: There is now a new accommodation being build on Kali for visitors.  There is also an new guest house on Lirau Island opposite Bundralis which is about half way to the west coast from Lorengau.  This is a very picturesque area and the church runs this nice simple guest house with fresh bread every day!

There is also a fauna reserve island opposite Lorengau at Mandolin Island.  This is well worth a visit when staying in Lorengau.  The manager of the Papindo store, Stanley Ng , has the contacts for this.


Quentin Reilly, author of the above report is a content contributor, i.e.. photos and articles, to  In the 1970's Quentin worked as the medical officer for Manus and has since then formed attachments with the people of Manus.  As a health consultant he has visited many Pacific islands and South East Asian countries over the past 30 years, and volunteers energy and resources in helping people at the grass-roots level to better develop their own resources.  Quentin can be reached by email at

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See Also

photo collage of people in different places on Manus, as well as new Buddhist retreat center

The photo collage to the left is of different people, activities and projects on Manus, inlcuding building construction, and use of new Buddhist retreat centre on island.  Update used photos taken in 2012-2013 by Quentin Reilly.  Quentin can be reached by email at

The photo of young school children at the centre of the collage was taken in 2004 by Susan Reilly

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