Everyday people PNG

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. 

Everyday People: Maurey Kemo

She says she is self-employed. She sells food and betelnut at a roadside table market. It is her daily routine. What’s unique about Maurey is that she is providing a service to her village people back at Domara by buying their pandanus mats and then reselling to Port Moresby market.

Everyday people: Boio Ray

I have just completed Grade 11 at the Port Moresby Grammar School; that was one part of training that was hard for me but I just go to school and after school, I join the boys in training.

Usually the U19 team would train for at least six months, but for us it’s shorter than that.

As with other countries participating in the ICC U19 Men’s World Cup, the global pandemic has caused the unfortunate short and unconventional timeframe for the U19 team to train. 

However, we have taken on the challenge with guts and grit. 

Everyday People: Obrie Waie

I work as one of BNG Trading Company’s promotion foreman. I established my customer base in front of the Digicel office selling Gaytime and Magnum ice cream. I’ve been doing that for a month now.

Life has been a challenge this year, but we have to do what we can to stay afloat.

There are challenges at work but at the end of the day at least we achieve what challenges they give us. At home too, there are problems. The normal everyday issues, but otherwise challenges are good I believe.

Everyday People: Dincy Kenneth

I was doing Grade 8 at Wardstrip Demonstration School, but I withdrew in the middle of the year because of school fee problems. 

I left school and followed my friends. We would steal from other people and cause problems in the community. But I hope to change and humble myself in the New Year.

With the New Year approaching, I hope go back to school and take advantage of the free-education policy to complete my Grade 8.

I hope to live up to what I have set out to do in 2022.

Everyday People: Kendino Bukom

I would say this year was the most challenging year for me personally. Living in Port Moresby is very tough. You must have a job to upkeep your life in the city. Every day, I strive to give my best in my line of work because that is how I earn my money.  The little I get from my fortnight, I buy necessities like food for my house.

I have relatives living in the city but I do not rely on them to take care of me. I live on my own. Walking into 2022, I will leave behind some of my bad habits of smoking, chewing betel-nut and drinking.

Everyday People: Bowi Amayong

I will be doing my grade nine in 2022.  I am proud of this achievement because it is a success for my family. I am the first born in a family of three and I want to set a good example for my siblings. I dream to one day become a pilot.

It has been a tough year for me because there were disruptions to our lesson schedules due to COVID-19, but I worked hard because I want to continue my studies into High School. I also aim to work hard in my studies in 2022.

Everyday People PNG: Messy Gini

Messy is more Papuan than from Tari as she can speak Police Motu (Hiri Motu) and not her native language, which is Huli. Messy is married to a man from Western Highlands and they have a 12-year-old son who is in Grade 4 and attending Taurama Primary School.

She completed Grade 10 at Laloki High School in Central Province, located just outside the city. She didn’t continue her secondary education in a permitted school so enrolled at the International Training Institute (ITI).