Everyday people PNG

Everyday People: Henry Tikai

I was a grade 6 drop out. I didn’t have a very good education. With this grade six certificate, I went to vocational school and did some skills training. After vocational I came out and tried to use the skills I learnt but sometimes I find it hard, but I thank the Lord that he made all things possible for me.

You know when we come closer to the Cross of Jesus as you know the bible says in 1 Samuel 16:7 God said, “I don’t look at the outward appearance but I look on the inward.”

Everyday People PNG : Rex Ataembo

“My education was affected by school fee problem because there were 10 of us in the family and my father had all of us in high school. He couldn’t afford one more so I withdrew at grade 9. After that I got involved in all sorts of mischief, including consuming drugs and homebrew. Later I sought to change my life so I went back to the village.


Everyday People PNG : Florence Roma

She graduated from a local TVET school at St. Anne’s skills Training Institute, Sibea in Samarai-Murua, completing two years of technical education.

After graduating from the school in 2018, she returned to the village. In search for a job, she moved to Alotau fortunately she met up with some Catholic Nuns. They told her that the Sisters in a Port Moresby-based Catholic institution were looking for helpers.

The Nuns in Milne Bay arranged for Florence’s travel to work in Port Moresby.

Everyday People PNG : Dorothy Thomas

She is from Kundugu village in Tari. She was born in Tari but when she was a teenager she came to Port Moresby and lived with her maternal uncle here at Gaverahia or Funky town as it is commonly known. She doesn’t know her real age because she has never been to school and she can’t remember the year she came to Port Moresby.

She said, “When I arrived in Port Moresby, I came straight here to Taurama and lived with Papa Gini. I’m not sure when but I came here but definitely it was after the church was built.”

Everyday People: Jacobeth Manase

“I learnt about how to budget. If I’m marketing something, all the money (is spent) unnecessarily. I went there and they taught us how to budget. Now I’m (going to) start my small business. I’ll start by helping my mother to sell donuts, ice blocks, and water; anything just to start a small business. To build a business like a store you need to start small.”

Jacobeth recently completed secondary school and entered into technical training in order to progress in life.

Everyday People: Angela Jack

Angela attended school in Sidea up to grade 6 and then she went on to the Technical Vocational School for Girls for another two years. After graduating last year she was brought to Port Moresby by one of the religious nuns, in March.

“The sisters brought me here to Moresby to work with them so I came here to learn how to bake. Here at Mary Help of Christians I do baking. I am still learning to bake cakes and other things. I have four brothers and three sisters living with our parents.”

Everyday People PNG : Jenny Wewo Henry

We mostly air company sponsored programs while I host the Sankamap Show on weekdays from 6am to 10am. I also host night shows.

My DJ name is “Buaigu Jen”, and I’m a producer/presenter with In Touch Media.

Apart from hosting sponsored programs, I also help our journalists collect and produce news.

We also have an events team and most times, I take on the responsibility of leading the team to facilitate events in Lae, which I really enjoy.

September 2021 will mark my four years of being with In Touch Media.

Everyday People PNG :Christopher Kageni

So after getting a chance to travel down to Australia, I bought my first ever Canon camera (2000D) with my travel allowance.

I started the passion for it by taking my camera with me every chance I got and taught myself the techniques and rules of photography, like rule #101 photography: Never shoot against the light.

Gradually I increased my skills and when I was awarded the Principal’s Award prize, which was a laptop, I took the risk of investing and sold it for K1,500 and bought my first telescopic lens (55-250mm Canon lens).

Everyday People PNG : Ruth Wazob

Then I met an ex-schoolmate who works at the office of higher education, who advised me on what to do to obtain my transcript. 

After receiving my transcript, I decided to search online to see which course would best suit me.

This is why I can proudly say that my most significant achievement is achieving my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, specialising in advertising and marketing online.

I did not continue my studies in 1982 due to personal issues, so it took me a while to obtain this.

Everyday People PNG : Phelameya Haiveta

I came from a single parent home and had a tough childhood. I persevered to get my degree when I was also expecting my son in final year. I succeeded in both.

I achieved my milestone through the support of my very close friends at school, and the kindness of other benefactors. A positive mind-set, and also loads of determination, hope and the attitude of never giving up saw me through my darkest days.

I grew up in an unstable home, so I had self-esteem and anxiety issues. This I compensated for with overachieving academically.