Lopoki Inc. conducts a basic ‘housekeeping’ training on Nyapio Island in Manus Province

A rural and remote community in Manus province has just completed a three-day training on Basic Housekeeping.
Nyapio island, widely known as Johnson island, on the south coast of Manus, Ward 6 of the POBUMA local level government area had ten (10) of its locals trained in three main areas of housekeeping – Storeroom and stock control; Accommodation and guest laundry; and Room Servicing. The rural and remote island of Nyapio has a community guest house called the Nyapio Island Getaway Resort that will get its first guests in December. The Resort reached out to Lopoki Inc., a not-for-profit non-government organization who then organized the training.

Trainer Mr. Albert Pih goes through with the participants the process of bed making in one of the rooms of the guest accommodation at Nyapio Island Getaway Resort.

Founder of Lopoki Inc. Mr. Kingston Namun said that the three day training was to empower the locals on the island to effectively take care of tourists and visitors when they arrived on their island and experience the tour packages they have on offer in December, 2021.
He said: “The community has already taken the initiative to build two semi-permanent buildings housing four rooms for around eight (8) guests when they visit the community based resort. The Nyapio islanders have proven that they want to bring change to their community and so they worked with Lopoki Inc. to ensure this training occurred.”
“This training provides basic housekeeping skills to the participants and increases their knowledge and capacity to manage guests who will travel by boat to the island. Lopoki Inc.’s focus is helping empower local communities in Manus who are willing to help themselves,” said Mr. Namun.

The ten (10) participants and their trainer Mr. Albert Pih (far right) and Mr. Pius Kuweh (left) and Mr. Kingston Namun (far left) after receiving their laminated certificates

Lopoki Inc. worked in partnership with the Manus Provincial Government’s Commerce Division and the Manus Training Centre to carry out the training. The Division of Commerce through their Business Development Officer Mr. Pius Kuweh and Manus Training Centre’s Tourism and Hospitality Instructor Mr. Albert Pih were both at the island to conduct the sessions.
The Nyapio Island Getaway Resort funded the three-day training and ten participants (9 females and 1 male) received certificates of participation.
Mr. Namun thanked the Nyapio island community for their hospitality and hoped to collaborate with local partners in province to deliver similar trainings to Manus communities who needed such trainings.

Free online advertising for Lorengau based very small businesses

If you are a very small business or community organisation (one to three people operated) in Lorengau town, Manus Province and want to advertise your service or event, then Lopoki Inc. can help spread the word online.

Just do your small and simple advertisment as a photo and send it to Lopoki Inc. so we can place it on our blog for FREE for three months. After that we will take your advert down and you don’t have to pay anything at all. It’s part of our community program in helping Manusians be better versions of themselves.

Not too many people visit our blog but its worth a try getting your work, service or event out there. It’s free so you win and we win by getting people to visit our website. There is no guarantee that your advertisement will be sucessful on our blog but it is better than nothing at all.

Send your artwork/photo to lopoki2020@gmail.com

You can go to our blog lopoki.com and see the current adverts on the righthand side (if you are using a computer) or at the bottom of the page (if you are using a mobile phone).

We are putting up only FIVE SPACES on our blog so first come first serve. Once five adverts go up on our blog, then we will not be accepting any more.

Whuroh!

Ps. We are not helping anyone develop their advert. It’s a skill you should develop to market yourself as a small business or community organisation. Here is a tip: You can do your advert on MS PowerPoint on your computer then save it as a picture (jpeg). Then send the picture file to us.

A very small business or club or group or faith based or family based in Lorengau is most welcome to use this opportunity.

Home is where the heart belongs

Sometimes when we think about rural areas, we often imagine the hardships and difficulties faced by those who live in these places. There is often no reliable communication and energy infrastructure and very poor public utilities like roads and transport. Those who live in these rural areas often fall back and rely on the resource that is around them – land, water, sea – to sustain them. The natural environment is pristine in many areas as in the case of Manus province. However, there are rising social pressures that are beginning to have an impact on the reliability and the sustainability of the land, water and sea. This includes a growing population which has led to overfishing, increasing deforestation and encroachment onto places where once were idle in many parts of Manus.

Care should be taken to not trivialize or sensationalize life in the rural setting. It is home. It is where many Papua New Guineans first lived, grew up and become part of great communities. Communities that had intricate knowledge of how the land, water and sea worked and where they would dwell. These are places where fresh air, clean water and seas filled with coral still abound and make life meaningful. Like the principle of ‘Opportunity Cost’ in economics, we have to be reminded that one has to give up something in order to get a benefit from another. We all make choices. Opportunity cost is what one sacrifices when they choose one option over another. Many have been drawn to a better life outside of these rural communities in search for opportunities in education, health care access and places where public utilities function better. In turn, the cost is that they miss the rural life, interacting with relatives and living in the village. But when one is far away from the rural areas, one should never forget home. Home is where the heart belongs. Some may come back to these rural areas to live but others may never come back home. Life is such a rollercoaster of turns and events. But one must know that your heart will always have a place here.  

Lopoki Inc created this video to remind those who live far away from their village, land or community that their heart will always be at home. This video depicts the life of people and places in the Liap and Derimbat vilages in the Kurti Langguage group area in the Pomotu Ndrehet Kurti Andrea (PNKA) Local Level Government area in Manus.

Enjoy!