Kaintiba, tucked away in the remote Gulf district bordering Morobe and Eastern Highlands. A journey which usually takes more than a PMV bus to reach is home to Yanamlyn Yana, United Nations PNG Youth Champion (Sustainable Development Goals) who is involved in ‘giving back’ to her community through educational awareness.
Besides carrying out work for PNG Tribal Foundation, Yanamlyn has embarked on a journey to collect reading books for her former school in Kaintiba. This concept came about in 2016 when she conducted an educational awareness within her community. In 2017 she returned with Gideon International pocket bibles for 3 schools in Kaintiba which included: Kaintiba Primary, Bema Primary and Bema High School. During this time, she noticed Kaintiba primary undertaking a new project – a school library which was the first of its kind.
It takes a step, a helping hand to make little impact which will turn into greater things changing so many lives along the way.– Yanamlyn Yana
She asked herself what she could do for her community to be a part of this progress and decided that she would be the one to take on the responsibility of filling this library with books. From a book drive conducted in 2017 she received 5 cartons of assorted reading books, puzzles, curriculum and encyclopedias. In 2018 she approached Pacific Balanced Fund for assistance with books and by 2019 she received books and learning materials which the fund had allocated as part of reaching out to rural communities enabling her to fulfill her purpose
With the assistance received from the fund, Yanamlyn says it takes a step, a helping hand to make little impact which will turn into greater things changing so many lives along the way.