Papua New Guinea is a very old country, but a very young nation having achieved independence in 1975. It is rich in natural resources and is exploiting them to drive a strong national economy, currently the seventh fastest growing in the world. Due to the inability of successive governments to meet the demand for housing, many income earners, including much of the public service, cannot find adequate shelter. They commute to and from their government jobs from the shanty towns in which they live. Rural and remote regions present a huge challenge, with some 80% of the population living in villages that are hard to access and poorly served in terms of sanitation and power. NevHouse recognises Papua New Guinea as a nation in need of love and light and acknowledges the will of the people to receive adequate shelter.