So we have finally created our LinkedIn page and our Facebook page as well!
We hope that through such pages on this social media space, we will be able to reach out and form greater partnerships with those that have similar values as us. We also hope that through these connections, we can reach out to more people and help local communities in Manus and the rest of the country as well. So if you are also on LinkedIn, then please do not hesitate to follow our page and help us reach more people.
We are also reaching out and showcasing our work through our Facebook page as well. Its a small start as we begin to utilize the most popular social media app in the world by building our brand on thee platform too.
So join our social media pages if you are on both these platforms. Otherwise, you can always come here to our website and read our stories just the same!
Lopoki Inc. recently completed the Basic Housekeeping training a Nyapio Island in Manus Province so we were pleased to see that the mass media give us some coverage.
Although the television coverage was less than four minutes, we take courage in the fact that the training on Nyapio was put on national TV. This, itself, provided us the footprint to follow in future dealings with the media and improve our messaging as well. Our news on the training appeared on two national TV stations at their respective nightly news bulletin.
The first one was on EMTV News on the 28th November, 2021 while the second time for the same story appeared was on the NBC News on 7th December, 2021. Here are the respective news stories:
We’d like to thank Mr. Bradley Valenaki of EMTV and Ms. Sinivar Kasimani and Mr. Cashmir Waken of NBC for taking their time to put the story together and air it on their respective television stations.
It is the very first television news for Lopoki Inc. and its a small step for us as we begin to initiate and create contacts in the media industry here in Papua New Guinea. We hope to work with the mass media more to promote the work of Lopoki Inc. and eventually reach those who are willing to support our work across local communities.
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.
Today, as I was going through some old newspapers, I came across the picture of one of Papua New Guinea’s great leaders – Mr. Micheal Somare. He was the first PNG Prime Minister and one of the founding leaders of PNG’s independence journey way back in 1975.
What took be aback from this picture was of how young he looked when he turned 49. The picture appeared on the front page of the Post Courier on Tuesday, April 9th, 1985.
This particular PowerPoint presenter device (Logitech R400) has been helping me teach for the past five years. When it went kaput, I wanted to find someone to help me fix it since I had no idea about IT stuff.
Remember that failure is an event, not a person
But the internet provided the solution. People around the world share how they fix things and post it on forums and discussion pages online. I found such a site and followed instructions using a kitchen knife, opened the device and fixed the tiny switch. Now the device is working again.
So many women are dying and have died of domestic violence in this country. Those who are posting on social media, please keep on posting and talking about it so that this issue becomes part of our everyday discussion. Too many times, it is ignored and kept out of public discussion.
I believe domestic violence is a systematic problem nationwide and therefore needs a systematic approach towards solving or reducing the problem and this needs to start at the top – political leaders. Political leaders as a group, wield great power including the political will to change something in their favour. If we have the political will to win, create and bankroll the South Pacific Games and the APEC meetings, then why cant we for something that matters to our loved ones? Our hauslain? This 100% male parliament is not even close to hearing the cries of women. We need more women political leaders who, as a group, can change the momentum on the fight against domestic violence. This cannot happen in one go but over a number of years.
Come on women, 2022 is the year for change. Stand up, be counted and vote women into parliament! Imagine if 50% of parliament were women! Maski long votim ol man bikos nogat senis kamap na ol meri dai yet. Imagine the countless women who are in rural areas of PNG who face life like what this young lady went through everyday. We need a systematic change where relevant government agencies are adequately funded, legal systems and protocols for perpetrators are fasttracked, safe houses become the norm, hotlines are toll free, training for law enforcement, etc.
This fight needs political will to kickstart it. We have signed petitions, international conventions, ran campaigns etc. Inap! Sanapim wanpla meri lo komuniti blo yu, votim em lo 2022 na em bai go na rausim ol tambaran lo displa haus yah! Na yupla ol meri, inap lo votim ol man!! Displa pasin we igat 20 candidate na wanpla meri, maski votim ol man! Even if you dont like her, just block vote na yumi salim displa meri go lo Waigani! We need more firebrand Josephine Abaijahs and straight-shooting Carol Kidus! Come on, let us vote for change in 2022!
Its not too often that one gets to experience the use of technology in the way we do things in this beautiful country of ours – PNG.
In many parts of PNG, knowing one’s land border is not only essential but also important for one’s family’s survival and livelihood. Knowing where land mark starts, who shares your land border, user rights, ownership and resources available at your disposal, brings you peace of mind as well.
My father always talked about land borders when family meet because, unlike land borders in the cities or towns, where land markers easily identifiable, in the bush, you just have to associate landmarks with oral history. Sometimes a landmark might become overgrown with bush or you might loose your orientation deep in the forest.
I decided to help my father use a Global Positioning System device to try mark land area so that I could have a exact land map that can be viewed on a computer, its’ topography measured and featured measured.
I used the eTrex 20, one of Garmin’s array of GPS devices. I bought the GPS on Ebay, had to shipped over to PNG, then travelled home, walked around the land, collected data and then tried to formulate a map of the land online. Its still a work in progress.
The ETrex 20 has a 2.2 inch display, has an internal memory and microSD cards slot as well. It can produce a map, uses a compass and can plot your movement as you walk highlighting stops at points and how long you stopped at a point on the ground. It tracks your speed on the ground whether by foot or bicycle. It also lists elevation which I found interesting! To help power it up, it uses two Alkaline AA batteries.
As you begin walking, you can then click on the thumb-stick each time to mark the points on your land border. The flags on the map on screen indicate the actual point in degrees. These represent the actual position along the longitude and latitude lines that mark positions around the globe.