Everyday people PNG

Finding Purpose, Kevin Kennedy

Each year City Mission, located at Mirigeda in Central Province, enrolls more than a hundred young men aging from 18 to 26, to undergo this life skills training. Many of them stay on after completing the program to help other young men find their purpose within the program.

Fourteen years ago, Kevin Kennedy from Gulf Province, who lived and grew up in the Joyce Bay settlement, now known as Horse camp in Sabama, enrolled at the City Mission office in Koki. Today, Kevin is a staff supervisor of the Metal and Fabricating Department of CMPNG.

New Beginnings, Joe Mitakaiva

Joe says he did not realize the significance of staying in school during his younger years. Now enrolled at City Mission PNG’s Port Moresby campus, Joe is taking back his life by applying himself in the mission’s 14-week Life Skills Training Centre program for young men like Joe.

The centre teaches them basic life skills, instilling boundaries, discipline, respect and Christian principles, and helping them find employment afterwards.  

Everyday People: Daniel Jack

Twelve-year-old Daniel attends Taurama Primary School and will be in Grade 5, this year. His hobby is playing phone games.

Daniel loves going to school, most especially, learning more about Mathematics. He loves the subject sbecause he wants to be an accountant one day so when he has his own business in future, he will know how to look after his money.

Daniel’s dad is a taxi and PMV driver, who drives for his relatives. Daniel wants to run a car repair workshop in future, because his dad often faces issues with vehicle maintenance. 

Everyday People: Karoho Kevau

I started playing in the Pari Cricket Club at the age of seven.

Eleven years later, I am in the PIH Under 19 Cricket PNG team.

When I was picked, I was very happy, and I was proud. 

My family was very happy for me too.

I am not the only one in my family to represent PNG in cricket. 

I am following in my cousin’s (Vagi Kalo) footsteps. He also made the U19 PNG cricket team a few years back. 

I am proud to carry that legacy through.

Everyday People PNG : Michelle Lem

She provides close support and check-ins with TB patients on a daily or weekly basis, under the Community-based TB treatment program in NCD.

Her role is to support Tuberculosis (TB) patients in the community who had been diagnosed with TB, get their proper medication in a timely manner so they can overcome the disease. Currently, she is assisting eight TB patients under her care.

Michelle says being s CTS is an important role in the community, because it is the eyes and ears of doctors and nurses back at the clinics and hospitals.  

EverydayPeoplePNG : Rasan Kevau

My dream was to be in the PIH U19 Cricket PNG team and then make it as a Barramundis player.

When I was a small boy, I watched cricket on TV.

I always watched how the international players played. Now I still watch and have role models from other countries.

My role model in batting is Australian opening batter, David Warner, and in bowling it’s Mitchell Starc who is also an Australian cricketer.

I admire how they play.

I also look up to the PNG Barramundis captain, Assad Vala. I just like the way he plays his games.

Everyday People PNG: Junior Morea

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

I have found sports as an avenue to keep me active and disciplined. 

Having been playing cricket for four years now, I dreamt of playing in the world cup and when that opportunity came to try out, I gave it my all. 

I was a part of a new rugby team, but I had to come out…

I was determined to pursue my dreams because of a lot of encouragement from people around me.

Everyday People PNG : John Kariko

My father, who is a former Barramundis player, would always encourage me to play cricket, but I never listened. 

When I reached 13, I started playing cricket in the Hanuabada village competition. I really liked cricket from then on.

By age 15, I had joined the local cricket club and things just evolved from there. 

Now at 17 and enthusiastically training for my debut on the international stage, I can say the game has taught me so much. 

Everyday People: JoeJoe

I used to roam the streets looking for anything that I could do to pass time. Then I came across some friends who told me about City Mission and how it plays a bigger role in the lives of young men in Port Moresby.

One day I travelled to Koki and gave my name for enrolment. I was given a specific date to come back for an interview. After a successful interview I secured myself a space and I’m now here at Gereka.

Everyday People: Aue Oru

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

I am from Pari village in Central Province. 

I have been playing cricket for several years now and it is a great game to play and enjoy. 

I’ve played cricket since I was in grade six.

I am the first in my family to play cricket.

My family was elated when they got news of me joining the U19 train-on squad.