Everyday people PNG

Everyday People: Natasha Geno

My parents are self-employed. My dad makes coffins and my mum sews and sells clothes.

This year I faced some very big challenges that almost destroyed my life and sometimes I used to think that I couldn’t make it but I thank God for my family, especially our Christian belief.

My family and my friends brought me onto the right path again and encouraged me with the Word of God, to overcome these challenges.

My dream is to become an accountant so my choices after grade 12, were to institutions that offered accounting and business management.

Everyday People: Napoleon Susuk

He was participating in the fair by selling drinks during the event. Napoleon completed his final year of studies at UPNG in 2020 where he majored in Literature and minor in political science.

“I plan to go back and complete my studies with a double major to take up political studies but it is not possible now because they removed that so I will just go back and upgrade some of my courses. Since I cannot find job yet I am doing small sales to occupy myself,” says Napoleon.

Everyday People: Christilla Kep

She comes from a family of four, two girls and two boys but one passed away. She and her siblings were brought up their mother as their father passed on while they were very young.

Christila did her primary schooling at Monokam Primary School in Wabag and continued to Wapenamanda to do grades 9-10 and upper secondary 11 and 12 at the Kopen Secondary School.

She came to Port Moresby in early last year in search for further education and tried to enter UPNG but that was not successful. She now lives in Port Moresby with her brother at Hohola 2, Whitehouse settlement.

Everyday People: Joe Kunda Naur

He was awarded a Member of British Empire for his service to the public service by former Governor General late Sir Michael Ogio.

He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education Administration from the University of Papua New Guinea. From being the Principal of Gumine Secondary School, he was elevated to occupy the position of Principal Advisor or Assistant Secretary for division of Education in Chimbu.

Everyday People PNG : Trevor Nafe

My condition made me fear public speaking but like they say, the best way to overcome your fear is to face it.

Trevor Nafe, from a mixed parentage of Eastern Highlands and Morobe is a second year chemistry student at the University of Papua New Guinea. He is the third of three children. He was born with this speech impediment, known as sigmatism or lisp. A person with a lisp has problems making the sounds associated with the letters S and Z. 

Everyday People: Alphonse Rai’ava

He is one of the team leaders in the frontline advocacy team for the COVID-19 vaccine awareness program. His group has been doing very good advocacy work in the Port Moresby South settlement communities.

The National Capital District Provincial Health Authority (NCDPHA) have engaged Rai’ava and his group for COVID-19 vaccine rollout program in the communities. They are part of the Risk Communication & Community Engagement Team, which informs and educates the communities about the pandemic and benefits of vaccination and other health and hygiene messages.

Everyday People: Kalina Tingut

That was the biggest achievement of my life.

On a daily basis, I greet/meet customers and attend to customer queries to ensure my supervisor addresses their complaints.

I also do daily reconciliations at the end of the day.

Life is filled with challenges, that we know and hear time and time again. For me, I did not know how to speak English well nor did I have the qualification to be a front office administrator, so I taught myself English, especially how to respond to foreigners when they come to our office.

Everyday People: Nathalie Lomba

I grew up on the island of Djaul in New Ireland Province. Life in the village was simple yet challenging.

When I was in Grade 4, my Religious Instructions teacher was my dad. He taught us how to make coconut oil.

We had to scrape 30 dry coconuts on Wednesday and fermented it for two nights then cooked it on Friday during our RI session.

That was one lesson I've never forgotten.

Everyday People: Gemma Maraiapo

Inspired by the famous Gulf phrase of ‘Yu yet kam na lukim’, one would have to spend merely a minute with Gemma to understand why the Park looks so presentable daily as it is in her nature to ensure everything is set and ready for guests.

Gemma is no new face to the Tourism & Hospitality Industry. Since 1992 when she started her first job with the Granville Hotel in Port Moresby as a Housekeeping staff, she had never strayed from the field, which to date sees her clocking in 29 years of service in Housekeeping within the Tourism & Hospitality Industry.

Everyday People: Trevor Todol

I first attended the Divine Word University in 2011, 12 and 13, studying Business Management. 

In 2012 our HECAS ticket didn’t come early so we travelled by ship to Lae, that was on Rabaul Queen, from Rabaul to Kimbe then to Lae. It was on Thursday 2nd February when on our way to Lae we sunk, and I lost everything.