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Young but have dreams to make change in the country
Congratulations you have come this far with such a dreams were can hopefully help those people or places who are in need.
NLiving in the United States has given Denise Girey a lot of opportunities to learn and her dream is to come back to PNG and advocate for some changes.
Young Denise left for United States when she was fourteen years old and she has been living there since then.
After eleven solid years, last month (September) was her first time back home for a break and by early next year she will continue on to New Zealand for studies before she returns to
the United States.
Now twenty four, Denise is currently studying Psychology and Pacific Development at the California State University, Long Beach.
Psychology and Pacific Development study is based on rural development and how the people of developing countries are adapting to the ever changing world of technology.
I hope to further my studies on the subjects by focusing on human behaviours influenced by the negative and positive use of technology in rural communities and how it affects the
environment around the communities. I want to do further studies in Psychological Engineering.
A very young woman with a passion to do something for her country women, she is concerned about the issues that affect the lives of Papua New Guineans.
Ms Girey comes from Tinganalom Village in Kokopo, East New Britain and Turubu, Wewak East Sepik province and she is doing a partime job with PNG Power Ltd at the head office in Hohola, Port Moresby.
She pointed out that gender equality and cultural and traditional barriers are the very common issues that impede our women to advance in life but this is not a rule that we should always follow but rather tackle the issue at a different perspective by simply being positive.
It is surprising that women are now slowly coming out in numbers to break this strong-hold and she added that is the trend women should focus on.
Apart from studies she has also co-founded Friends of Pacifica Organisation.
This organisation was created on the sole purpose of ideas for a better Papua New Guinea and it will help to engage, encourage, and equip the people of developing countries with ideas, knowledge, skills and materials needed to foster positive change whin themselves, their community and their environment.
Friends of Pacifica Organisation is an NGO, non- profit, non- political, non-sectarian organisation that provides assistance without regard to race, ethnicity, political or religious affiliation.
A brief history of the organisation: The idea came about in January 2007, when now good friends, Helen Muga and Denise both Papua New Guinea during their first meet in Los Angeles, California, USA. After a year of discussions and ideas back and forth about the direction that Papua New Guinea was heading, they both decided it was time to put their ideas to work.
A year later in March 2008, they asked Ryan Shelby, an ex-Peace Corp officer to Papua New Guinea to become a founding member.
With similar ideas, interest, visions and hope for a better Papua New Guinea and Pacific, from the three co-founders; Friends of Pacifica Organisation was born.
The project goals for the organization is to provide more employment opportunities and attempt to utilise eco-friendly technology, introduce recycling (paper recycling) and sustainable development (using limited resources to improve the quality of life, without damaging the environment), cultural preservation, cross-cultural education (in hope that foreign researchers can interact with locals without social boundary), have transparency in governmental organisations.
Denise is very much influenced by her Dad, Mr Girey who is currently the Electrical Superintendant with PNG Forest Products, Bulolo.
She grew up in Bulolo, Morobe Province where her parents work but when she left for the US with her parents on a medical trip, she was in ninth grade at Brandi High School, Wewak.
In the United States, she continued at San Marcos High, San Diego, two years at Palomer College, Long Beach City College for two and half years and to California State University where she is currently doing her studies.
Some interesting facts about her:
She rallied for now President Barrack Obama in Texas during the preliminary race, to which he beat Hilary Clinton to become the democratic nominee...
She is the co-founder of an NGO in Portland, Oregon, USA, called Friends of Pacifica Org.
She co-ordinated the PNG Track and Field Team in Los Angeles, while the team was there for training and competitions in the US.
She is also, a humanitarian as you will find most of her spare time, lobbying for issues, concerning womens rights, childrens rights, DARFUR, Sudan genocide, West Papua Issue, Green Peace issues, Climate change, Environmental issues and stopping PNG corruption.
I would like to say thank you to Nasain Parimahi, Sharon H Kwarula, and the Kwarula family for always being there for me since my return home, also big thank you to my Uncle Daniel Ngala and his family.
To Mr J Tangit and Mr Alphonse Maur, the Operations Unit and PNG Power Ltd, for giving me such a great opportunity and experience whilst my stay here.
Denise will leave the country for New Zealand early next year.