About Hope Trek

Hope Trek is a concept that drew from my experiences and my relentless quest to find ways to reach out to communities and especially school children in order to give something of worth back to them. It is in essence an awareness trekking venture with its main aim to broaden people’s horizon by promoting books and reading through the delivery of donated library books to schools in the remote areas of Papua New Guinea.

The entire exercise with its key awareness points along with our modus operandi were geared towards promoting the idea of being self reliant through responsible living in order to see true change, starting from within ourselves as agents of change. It is hoped that this in turn would empower people with the knowledge that there are some things we ourselves can do to help better ourselves instead of always waiting for free handouts. This will contribute greatly in seeing true development in their various communities and in the process contribute to Papua New Guinea’s national development goals and directive principles.

We further sought the support of other interested individuals and organizations alike to further this cause so that it could be seen more as a collaborative effort of everyone and not just one person. In saying that, the trekking party of Hope Trek can be seen as mere instruments to further this cause.

The key agenda addressed in the initial awareness run included the following:

  1. Books and the importance of reading
  2. Environment and conservation awareness
  3. Climate change awareness
  4. Being self-reliant and responsible living through sustainable income generation: Eco-tourism.
  5. Youth mobilization
  6. Cholera awareness and basic hygiene[1]

Hope Trek in its entirety is a multi-pronged, education and awareness exercise that is envisaged to enlighten other Papua New Guineans and the masses out there on such pressing issues as listed above. This is done by reaching out through a more demonstrative approach, with the HOPE that the information imparted to them can eventually bear fruit and become the catalyst of change they deserve and need.


[1] This agendum was a late inclusion upon the request of the Chairman of the KTA, James Enage as it was (and still is) a hot topic that needs awareness throughout all communities in PNG so preventative measures could be employed through the promotion of basic hygiene.

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  1. September 7, 2010 at 16:55

    Great stuff to read. Glad to have met you fellow countryman and countrymen and women at Hope Trek. Keep up the good work and thanks for thinking of storyboard and the window of our literature, culture and the arts. I am sure Steven’s Window thinks the same.

    • Nichson
      September 10, 2010 at 23:36

      Thanks for the props Russell.
      It’s all a matter of doing our own small bit in contributing to the development of our communities and the country as a whole. By empowering our people with knowledge; something that you and others in the likes of Steven are actively promoting through our literature arts and similar. And I should add that I immensely enjoy your columns.
      Much respect!

  2. Mona
    April 10, 2011 at 11:51

    Hi and thank you for the work you are doing. It’s truely inspirational. I am learning about the work you are doing and am interested to know more. I have friends who have the privilege of travelling to remote parts of PNG as part of their work and we would liket o help where possible.

    This Easter 22-25 April 2011 we will be travelling to Salamoa. I am still researching but i know there is a local high school and primary schools within the area. If it is possible and not too late… we would like to deliver books to schools within the area. We can pay for the freight costs ourselves, if necessary.

    We want to do more then just visit to the place. We can document what we give and to whom. In fact, we plan on doing this alot and giving what we can to the communities we visit for holidays, etc.

    Please contact me if you are able to assist and keep up the good work! =) Mona.

    • Nichson
      April 10, 2011 at 12:26

      Hi Mona,
      Thank you so much for putting your hand up in helping out with this work. I am moved by this show of support. I will email you a detailed reply email to your query.
      Kind Regards,
      Nichson

  3. Mona
    April 11, 2011 at 16:16

    Thanks Nichson.

    I have also emailed Quhens Singur and the folks at Hope Nationwide (PNG) to see where we can assist as well.

    I hope other professionals who travel to other parts of PNG may be able to get onboard and share your vision and see if we can infiltrate PNG with books. Your concept is the key to personal enlightenment and breaking the cycle of handouts which is now becoming a norm.

    Keep up the good work and i look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards,
    Mona.

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