Forty kilometers away from a large logging site is Kamasawi, a village of about 800 people. Remote and surrounded by jungle, the village’s only key to the outside world has been the logging company. Though it recently tried to build a new airstrip for Kamasawi, it wasn’t able to be completed due to a shortage of funds. This was and continues to be a great disappointment for the village. Before, the villagers would have to travel about a hundred kilometers to get to the nearest cellular coverage area. There was no immediate communication to the outside world. But that soon would change.
MAF generously funded the radio, and flew one of CRMF’s technicians to install it.
“When the HF Radio installation was completed the people of Kamasawi were very pleased to know that their link to the outside for help and medevacs in times of emergencies was at their door step. They were also very happy to make calls from the HF radio to mobile phones and landlines in towns and cities using the ‘Telephone Interconnect’ that CRMF also provides.”
– David Feka, CRMF head technician.
The village was full of joy as they saw David’s progress every day. When about to leave, they insisted our technician be dressed up in their traditional attire and they held a short thank you ceremony.
“They fared me well with traditional bilas as I was picked up by MAF to show their appreciation.”
– David Feka
Several more radios will be installed over the next few months, all sponsored by MAF. We are excited to be a part of this new project and see lives and communities transformed.
“Technology is best when it brings people together.” – Matt Mullenweg