The people of the Kailakuri clinic in Bangladesh, where Kiwi doctor Edric Baker worked to ease the burden on the poor with medical advice and treatment

Dargaville helping Bangladesh

by Andy Bryenton

Tangiteroria man Peter Wilson is teaming up with Dargaville’s Methodist Church to raise funds for a ‘peaceful revolution’ taking place in the very poor heartland of Bangladesh.

At Kailakuri, in a remote part of the Madhupur region, a small health clinic is teaching locals how to take care of their own. At least 100 outpatients a day come to receive treatment. It was the life work of Kiwi doctor Edric Baker. That’s why Peter Wilson, himself a worker in developing-world infrastructure, is getting behind the effort.

To help, he’s showing a film relevant to his own experiences with the power of goodwill in disadvantaged nations. The film he’s picked to raise funds for Kailakuri is Soldiers Without Guns, the story of the Kiwi peacekeepers in Bougainville, Papua. These New Zealanders pacified a war zone armed only with guitars and good intentions after a mining debacle sparked a civil war.

Soldiers Without Guns is being shown at 11.45am on Sunday, November 24, at the Dargaville Methodist Church, with a shared luncheon followed by the film. Bring a plate and $10 or more for the fundraiser; all money raised will go to Doctor Baker’s ongoing legacy in Bangladesh.