Everyday people PNG

Everyday People: Kaye Pokana

Every day we tend to our flowers, plant flowers and also respond to requests for hiring. So we arrange flowers for decorations as well. There are pot plants for hire which we arrange for clients. We also do decorations for funerals, weddings, or graduations.

When there are small ceremonies around the town they used to call us so we arrange decorations for them. That’s how we earn our income.

This is our everyday life. So far I have 180 people registered under our organization. There are others who are interested but have not yet registered.

Everyday People PNG : Erick Super

I started my studies in year one as one of the 45 intakes but at the end of my first year, year 2 and 3 many of my classmates flunked the course and I was fortunate to make it to year 4 to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts and Media and Communication.

I am now doing my internship with Post-Courier in Goroka and this is my fourth month. After graduation, I want to lodge a formal application to continue with Post-Courier

Everyday People: Kulinas Clement

The course was very good as it put to use when dealing with everyday people. When relating to my work, we are dealing with adults so what I learnt I put it to good use at my place of work, especially to teach at rehabilitation workshops about gender so there is no discrimination at the work place.

Gender inequality at the workplace is vital in the government circle. Men need to respect women and vice-versa, so you work together. I hope that when I return to my work place my superiors will give me the opportunity to do some changes in the department.

Everyday People: Botha Asepa

She has been in Port Moresby since October 2020. It is her first time to be in the city and it is different from Popondetta, which is a small town with less people and activities.

Botha is privileged to be part of a Prayer team who hold prayer sessions inside the Morauta Haus, held weekly.  

He education was interrupted in primary school level due to sickness. This made her to skip a grade twice and she didn’t make it to Grade 9, after completing Grade 8.  

Everyday People: Emmanuel Kolomongo

He lives in Port Moresby with his sister and her family at Taurama. I came to Port Moresby in 2016 and stayed here till 2019, then I decided to return to the village.

I went back to continue my school but there were disputes between my parents and I could not continue my education, so headed to Lae in 2020 and returned to the big city.

Now I am here in Taurama helping at the local church.

Everyday People: Janet Yagur

She has been in the evaluations sector for the last 20 plus years and during this time she faced difficulties to get to where she is today.

There was a time in her life that her career derailed causing herself and her son to seek lodging from her brother whilst sleeping on the lounge room floor.

Through her contacts in the banking sector, Janet was able to rise from the fall that cost her and her son the comforts and necessities to sustain them. After a year and with the little she had left, she resorted to freelancing and began to build back her reputable skillset.

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.”