Everyday people PNG

Cathy Amaiu – A Walk To Change

You have children and women who run to you and you have to save them, I don’t do this because somebody tells me to do it but because I want to help them.

Its human nature, you want to help and that is what I have been doing in the community and in the church. I am a Seventh Day Adventist and I carry out my work lot of other women.

When the UN Women approached, they were looking for women leaders who are involved in the kind of activity I was doing. My friends recommended me and I got a few women to join the UN Women training. They trained us on human rights.

Tuguia Garo - Message Through The Canvas

For those who don’t know what cubism art is, it is an early 20th-century style and movement in art, especially painting, in which perspective with a single viewpoint was abandoned and the use was made of simple geometric shapes, interlocking planes, and, later, collage.

I recently displayed one of my art pieces at an event called Art Activism Night, which allows people to express themselves in all forms of art.

Everyday People: Valali Nau

The former Pastor is 67, and has 16 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren.

He continues to encourage new pastors to continue God’s work. And to see other denominations as partners in sharing the word and work of God.

“Don’t see divisions. Cooperate with other denominations to serve God,” he continues to say.

Pastor Nau was brought up as a member of the United Church.

Everyday People: Judith Elap

I was at Bove, Central Bougainville, when a pastor came and took me in as his daughter in 1994.

He had to leave during the crisis and refusing to leave me behind, he sought my dad’s consent.

My dad, who was a primary school teacher, gave his approval so we left Bougainville in 1996 and came to Port Moresby.

After a month there, we spent another month in Lae, Morobe Province, before going up to the Highlands.

My adopted dad is from Jiwaka and Boana in Morobe Province.

Felix Neli “A Fisheries Struggle”

In a brief history, the interest to create Holona Fishing Cooperative’s was one that started years ago with the building of a bush material house in Pak, however, over time the house began to rot and (it) fell.

We got into the fishing operation and sold our fish at the Manus fish market but unfortunately, the fish market here is not always consistent. The problem with our Fish market is one day it is open then another time its closed for almost 3 months’ so this poses as a difficult turn of events for those of us trying to get somewhere in the fisheries business.

Everyday People PNG: Jacob Aindri Wulwaru_Part 2

At the end of 1995, I started doing Adult Matriculation Courses at Tabubil University Centre and successfully obtained my grade twelve transcript.  I then applied to PNGEI and did my Diploma in Education Primary-In-service and graduated. I did not stop there. I continued to pursue my first degree through UPNG Open College Program through flexible mode. Even though there are sponsorships program available within the Department I was not fortunate enough to be considered despite numerous applications submitted to the screening committee. This did not stop me. 

Everyday People PNG: Lydia Edoni

“I resigned from my comfortable job, successfully completed two years of study, and returned to PNG. Coming home, I was 40 percent worried and 60 percent excited to embark on a new career change.

“It was exciting, unsettling at times, but one of the best life-changing decisions I have ever made!

“I am currently learning new skills I always wished for. I am better equipped to contribute to community development projects.

Everyday People: Jacob Aindri Wulwaru

I was born on 15th March, 1970 to late Joseph Wulwarau and Rosa Nyapuak Teiwieu in a small hamlet called Analuei situated on the East Coast of Lemieng Catholic Mission in Aitape.

The hamlet is amongst other small hamlets that formed the Wal Tribe. It is located in between the Bismarck Sea front and the mouth of a small spinning river called ‘Wul-le’. That was where I lived and grew up during my childhood days.

Everyday People: Elissa Cavanagh

She oversees the common premises budget, coordinating payments, property and communication needs of all duty stations across the country.

Cavanagh says she feels fortunate when requested to travel on mission and visit duty stations in the provinces. Being out in the field really puts things into perspective.

“It gives me a sense of appreciation and pride, to be working with an organisation like the United Nations, who is impacting, changing and improving people’s lives.”

Everyday People: Robin Teddy – “Learning Something New”

I have been privileged enough to learn new skills that will allow me to support my family and myself. Prior to this Life Skills Training I had no skillset of any kind to help sustain me.

I am entirely grateful to the organisers of this initiative as it has boosted our moral and has educated us into knowing that we have potential that just required someone to unlock and teach us how to use.

Now with the newfound and taught skills, I am able to create things I can sell to earn an income and I will utilize this knowledge and skillset to teach others.