Search
Close this search box.

MAF Brings Cheers to Dusin Coffee Farmers

MAF flew essential building supplies for Nazarene Health Services while helping support the economic well-being of the Dusin villagers.

On the 5th of October 2022, MAF’s Jan Ivar Andresen banked his Cessna 208 Caravan onto the final approach for his second landing of the day at Dusin. Andresen had been hauling in equipment needed by Nazarene Health Services for the construction of a new health centre and then shuttling out coffee that is essential for the livelihood of the Dusin people.

“I just observed how the crowd was cheering when they saw the plane,” said Andresen. “Knowing the coffee could go out and they could get the money. That’s why they were cheering…”

For the average person in Dusin, the coffee they harvest is their only source of income according to Andresen. Without the help of MAF aircraft, the villagers could lose the vital income that helps support their needs such as education, clothing, tools, and food among many other essentials.

“Somebody mentioned that they need to get it out or the quality will just degrade rapidly,” said Andresen.

Therefore, the amount of time that the coffee spends grounded in Dusin can be incredibly detrimental to the value of the coffee beans and the village’s primary source of income. There are no roads in and out of the village and walking the coffee to market is just not a realistic option according to Jayson Chris, a Dusin villager.

“We only move by plane. We can walk, but it’s too far. The plane is easy for us. Otherwise, it takes three days, three days to walk out of Dusin” said Chris.

Chris helped in the harvesting of the Dusin coffee and has been lending a hand with the construction of the new Nazarene Health Services health center.

“They build this clinic with MAF in PNG and they build it to help,” said Chris. “We will build it. They will bring medicine to treat people. This is for people who will get treatment.”

Nazarene Health Services has been serving the people of Dusin for many years and is building a new health center in the village for them.

The Dusin airstrip lays nestled alongside a mountain ridgeline and stretches a short and narrow 441 meters long with a 9% slope. It may take the Dusin villagers three days to walk out of the bush and into Mt. Hagen. However, when they can fly with MAF it takes approximately 20 minutes to touch down at the airfield in Mt. Hagen.

Andresen was able to haul 2,700 kg of coffee from Dusin to Hagen in just 3 short trips.



You can support our coffee projects by purchasing MAF’s Coffee Blend: Click here.

Share This Post

More To Explore

Thank you so much for choosing to partner with MAF financially.

A GIFT JUST FOR YOU!

Here is your FREE excerpt from our bestselling book ‘A Bush Pilot’s Logbook’. This is the biography of a man trained in war who returned home to become a man of peace and mercy.

Subscribe to our emails now and receive your FREE pdf excerpt!

Fill in the details below and we will get back to you shortly

Complete the form below and we will be in touch to tell you how you can start the journey.

Complete the form below and we will be in touch to tell you how you can start the journey.

Complete the form below and we will be in touch to tell you how you can start the journey.

Complete the form below and we will be in touch to tell you how you can start the journey.

HELP REACH ISOLATED PEOPLE

For nearly 75 years we’ve been reaching people in remote areas through aviation.

Join thousands of others in our quest to see the people who are often forgotten, reached with hope, help and healing.

We won’t spam your inbox, promise ;)

Please fill out the form and we will get back to you shortly

“Thank you so much for choosing to partner with MAF financially. Please fill in the form below to notify us that you would like to create a debit order with MAF. ”

— Maxine Holman, CEO or MAF SA

Please fill out the form and we will get back to you shortly