Food for Life meets with WHO


David Woolley and Dennis Perry, co-founders of Operation Food for Life met with World Health Organisation (WHO) representatives in Papua New Guinea.

Operation Food for Life started in Tonga nine years ago, when Mr Perry passed a community living on and off scraps from a rubbish tip while on a business trip. “I got out of my car, bought some food and spent the day at the tip feeding them,” said Mr Perry.

The assistance would help large communities living on and off the proceeds of small mountains of household and business garbage deposited around Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

“I asked God what He is doing about the suffering these people are facing and He replied saying ‘That’s why you are here.’ Since then, it’s been a question of what God has in mind for me and how He’s going to empower me to do it.”

The goal of the meeting was to highlight and seek assistance from WHO in helping to address vulnerable families at risk of serious health infections from living on smoke filled rubbish dumps.

The assistance would help large communities living on and off the proceeds of small mountains of household and business garbage deposited around Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

During Operation Food for Life, Mr Perry tries to find those who are paralysed, disabled or suffering from diseases that cause them to be imprisoned in their own houses. When these people are found, they are bathed, fed and introduced to the village they never knew. According to Mr Perry, it is his way of “taking Jesus out of the church and to the people.”

David Woolley, Dennis Perry, Dr William Adu-Krow and Dr Siddhartha Sanka Datta from WHO.  

“As a result from our discussions with WHO, we have agreed to work towards an innovative project to address issues of maternal, child and neonatal health,” said Mr Woolley.

In addition, Operation Food for Life and WHO agreed to partner with Pacific Adventist University School of Nursing to make a greater contribution to the families living on rubbish dumps.

“One of our priorities will be to commence an immunisation program that will start to protect families living on rubbish dumps against infection,” said David Woolley.

“As Seventh-day Adventists, we are deeply honoured to partner with WHO and the Pacific Adventist University in this humanitarian program which will impact the lives of the least of these,” said Mr Perry.

“Above all we give abundant praise to our Heavenly Father for His leading and blessing upon our ministry,” said Mr Woolley.