My name is Helen Aron, I am the women’s representative at the Buka Urban Council.
I was born in 1968. In 1975 I attended primary school and finished in 1980. In 1981, I started at an all-girls high school and enjoyed myself very much with a great influence from expatriate teachers who taught me how to speak English. I have very good memories from that time.
From 1981 to 1984, I went up to Grade 10 and completed my high school. In 1985, I attended Arawa Technical College for a one year course.
The following year, 1986, was a bad year as I did not want to find a job, so I spent one year socialising, playing sports and dancing, thinking this was life. In 1987, I realised that I had to go forth and make use of my training so I went to Madang, Papua New Guinea. I stayed there and found a job from 1987 to 1997. Within that 10 year period, I got married (1990) to a man from New Ireland who I am still married to. I also had my first child, a daughter, in 1992. This was my first experience with motherhood and family life and we lived a very happy life in Madang.
In 1997, I left work due to my husband who wanted to go back to New Ireland. So the whole family moved over and stayed until 2006.
Whilst still in Madang, my husband and I would take part in church services and programs. That’s when I came to realise that there was a new thing coming in front of me and it was time to receive Jesus into my life as my Saviour so I changed my entire attitude from my young life. This experience got me involved in the Women’s Fellowship and processes such as being the Secretary, Chairlady as well as being a teacher in the Sunday school during my stay in New Ireland for six years. I have been serving in the missions and church programs ever since.
I decided that I needed to take my children back with me to Buka, Bougainville as it was easier for me to look after them there and their schooling without having to walk long distances as was the case in New Ireland. My husband didn’t really like the idea, but I said I have to go for good reasons because of my children’s education and health.
From 2007-2012, I was unemployed but did manage to save and also continue with my church activities. The women’s group selected me to represent them on the Buka Urban Council and I took up the position in 2012.
I have seen that Buka Urban Council is much different from the perception I had before, and it is so much more.