The Late Mrs Thressia Kangi Kung was a lovable mother, grandmother, sister, big sister and aunt to so many children and adults in her humble village in Bongei in the Jiwaka Province of Papua New Guinea.
As a first wife to the tribal chief of the Kinapulg Kuilambe tribe- the late Mr Peter Kangi, Mrs Kangi saw the social deprivation and the state of poverty and those threatened with poverty in her tribe and village community. She learnt very quickly to distinguish between having little and not having anything at all.
After seeing many poor and disadvantage families, orphans and the like being abused, despised, rejected and abandoned, the late Mrs Kangi was inspired to bring love, hope and faith to these people by befriending them. Mrs Kangi not only befriended them but she went a step further in accommodating them, feeding them, loved them and helped them like her own family. At one time a whole family of 4 were staying in her village hut home for a period of 3 years until they were given a piece of land to build their own house and grow their own food and exist as a family. She made strangers feel welcomed and unloved loved.
Many of these people who are now in their 60s today recall that time and talk about it or their children.
Much of the kindness and good will came from her Christian faith and obedience to the Christian teaching. She would recall a story in the Bible about caring for the poor and showing kindness to strangers taught in Luke Ch 10:25-37 “The Good Samaritan”. She found such joy and strength in serving others despite her own needs.
Her Love towards all people made her famous amongst the poor and needy. Everyone started calling her “Ambam” which is a word for mother or sister/big sister in the local Jiwaka and local ek ni dialect.
Her acts of kindness grew from generation to generation until the time of her death. It was noted that she was nursing a 2 year old toddler at the time of her death in March 2012.
When Mrs Kangi passed away about a dozen children and adults were made homeless, orphaned and venerable. Having witnessed the desperate situation and the unknown future of these venerable children and adults a few members of the family got together and discuss to carry on the legacy she left behind.
After much consultation and consideration, the small team of volunteers agreed that in order to carry on her legacy, it would be appropriate to work under a recognized body. So most of the volunteers agreed that the name Ambam Foundation would be fitting for the new charity. In January 2013 the Ambam Foundation Incorporation was registered in Port Moresby as a charity organisation.
Since then we have been able to help, support and encourage a number of individuals, families and orphans as well as serving the community through our community based projects. We have a long way to go but so far it has been quiet a rewarding journey in seeing the smiles in many peoples faces.