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Ambaga farmers request rice mill

Ambaga farmers request rice mill

Ambogono Ekeak (L) gives the rice to OTDF Regional Development Officer Veao Nami (R). Looking on is Trust Administrator and OTDF CEO

Amidst the hot and humid climate along the West bank villages of the Alice (Ok Tedi) River of Western Province, rice grows in abundance.

Ambaga Village Planning Committee (VPC) Chairman Caleb Konmop, said his community members are hardworking people with a lot of land available to farm, but need technical support to improve  rice production.

He showcased the rice harvest of a villager during a recent infrastructure launch on Friday 19 April, to development partners who were present to witness the event.

He introduced Ambogono Ekeak a young man who started planting rice in 2021.

Ambogono is a strong and energetic man who provides for his family through upland rice farming and subsistence gardening.

He has been seeking assistance from public and private development partners to help provide technical advice and equipment.

“I plant rice with the resources I have and harvest rice for family consumption, I can only mill a certain portion using an improvised hand mill made from wood, but would rather have a milling machine to mill more rice to feed my family and sell the surplus.”

Ambogono presented 7 kilograms of rice from a recent harvest to Ok Tedi Development Foundation (OTDF) Regional Development Coordinator for North Fly, Mr Veao Nami, as a token of appreciation and to show that Ambaga villagers can grow rice.

“We would benefit more from a rice mill, proper tools and equipment, and technical agriculture field support. I can’t do this on my own, I need support. This is my need. “We also need proper factories and market access for our vanilla, eaglewood and other commodities grown in the district,” he said.

Ambogono said more could be done for the Community Mine Continuation Agreement (CMCA) villages in Western Province, who were highly dependent on the mine.

OTDF made a commitment to support Mr. Ambogono and rice farmers of Ambaga and surrounding communities under its food security program.


Infrastructure projects for Ambaga village

Infrastructure projects for Ambaga village

ECPNG Church Layman Ekeyak Kanin (L) receives the keys to the church building from OTDF CEO Havini Vira (R)

Three infrastructure projects were handed over to Ambaga villagers of the Community Mine Continuation Agreement (CMCA) area in Western Province on Friday 19 April.

Mr. Kawuk Konmop former President of the Ningerum Local Level Government took lead in the project, to support Mr Caleb Konmop, Village Planning Committee Chairman.

Kawuk said partnership is needed to bring development into the most rural communities of Western Province. He said: “We need development partners who will work with us, especially OTDF whom I acknowledge the continuous support in bringing development to our community”.

“Such projects can only happen when there is access, upgrading of bush tracks to create access roads” Kawuk iterated.

Trust Administrator Johanis Saferius in the official presentation of the keys to the houses acknowledged the presence of the provincial government represented by Nominated Member for North Fly District Mr. Karu Philly.

Saferius said: “Your presence plays a vital role in the sustainability of such projects as key partners of the government of the day. He said we as developers will be gone one day but the government will remain.

He added: “The CMCA Trust Administration through OTDF  is a delivery arm, in partnership with the Village Planning Committee Chairmen who provide funding from their village funding”.

OTDF CEO Havini Vira in his official address to the Ambaga community congratulated the community for delivering this project. “I give credit to your support towards your leaders and in taking ownership.

During the opening of the church building Mr Vira made special mention of his vision for the CMCA and how the churches play a significant role in the development in the province.

“I visited your village years ago and expressed that, churches anchor communities and create a foundation for progress and today, I am honoured to open the Ambaga ECPNG community church, built through your efforts.”

The church and two teachers houses constructed from the Village Development Funds (VDF) was received by the community members, built at a value of PGK208,000.00, built by youths who trained as carpenters at Kiunga Technical and Vocational Education Training Center (KTVETC). All infrastructure comes with 5,000 L water tanks installed.




The tank installed at the church provides fresh water to the village through a gravity fed pipe.

Ok Tedi Development Foundation commits to educational enrichment in Western Province

Ok Tedi Development Foundation commits to educational enrichment in Western Province

L-R: Mr Angobe, Acting First Secretary FODE & Inclusive Education, Mr Wingi, Deputy Secretary NDoE & Chairman of Governing Council –FODE, Mr Mari OTDF EMPS, and Mr Anthony Rayappan, Principal FODE

The Ok Tedi Development Foundation (OTDF) signs a partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Department of Education to provide Flexible Open Distance Education (FODE) program for learners in Western Province.

Mr. Andrew Angobe, the acting First Assistant Secretary of FODE and Inclusive Education, highlighted the pivotal role OTDF has played as a Registered Study Center (RSC). The division of FODE & Inclusive Education values and recognizes the work OTDF has been doing in providing a pathway for the students who dropped out from the mainstream education system.

“We extend our appreciation to OTDF and commend everyone involved in the delivery of FODE in Western Province.”

The Deputy Secretary for National Department of Education (NDoE) and Governing Council Chairman-FODE, Mr Walipe Wingi, also expressed his gratitude to OTDF for its enduring commitment to deliver FODE service in the Fly River corridor despite the many challenges.

“It is not easy to deliver FODE to remote areas, and especially in Western Province, where you have geographical constraints and logistic challenges, you (OTDF) have done well and the department is pleased with the work the Foundation is doing, the department remains committed to support partners like OTDF to deliver FODE.

This commitment was formalized during a MOU signing ceremony on Friday, March 1, reaffirming OTDF’s enduring partnership with FODE & Inclusive Education. As part of this collaboration, NDoE FODE will ratify the admissions made by OTDF and provide all learning materials including print, electronic copies and audio – visual materials, and training and orientation of tutors and administrative support staff for effective delivery of FODE in Western Province.

National FODE supports OTDF

Mr Wingi, Deputy Secretary NDoE & Chairman of Governing Council –FODE (L) presents the certificate to Mr Mari OTDF EMPS

Mr Anthony Rayappan, the Principal of FODE, advised that OTDF is always up-to-date with all his payments for its students and commended OTDF for its support. This partnership is very important as it strengthens our commitment and working relationship to support the development of PNG in education.

Students from various locations including Tabubil, Ningrum, Aiambak, Bosset, Kaviananga, Kasa, Nakaku, Tapila, Kawiapo, and Daru are enrolling in full correspondence and upgrading programs, underscoring the widespread impact of this initiative.

Mr. Andrew Mari, the Executive Manager of Program Services at OTDF, shed light on the challenges faced by FODE, including the shortage of trained personnel, inadequate infrastructure, and limited funding at the provincial and district levels. He reiterated the core objective of enhancing access to quality and affordable education, particularly for students who have discontinued conventional schooling. Mr. Mari acknowledged the support and recognition from NDoE and advised that OTDF highly values this partnership and look forward to fulfil its commitment under the MOU.

“Since 2019, FODE has supported approximately 4000 students who have either pursued tertiary education or secured gainful employment, thus significantly contributing to human resource development in the province.”

Mr. Anthony Rayappan, the Principal of FODE in Port Moresby, assured timely printing and distribution of educational materials, emphasizing the collective responsibility to enhance literacy rates and educational attainment.

The recently signed three-year agreement further strengthen the  collaborative effort between OTDF and FODE in delivering educational programs in Western Province, marking a significant advance towards educational development and empowerment in the region.

Who We Are

OTDF is a not-for-profit organisation focused on improving the lives of the Papua New Guinea communities in which we work.

Each executive and board member, team and individual involved with OTDF is an essential part of achieving the goal of allowing the residents of Western Province to have greater choices in mapping out their own direction to live better lives.

Executive Management 

Board Members

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What We Do

Our purpose and mission are the same – wisely manage the OTDF programs and funds to assist the Western Province communities with financial self-reliance through socio-economic initiatives, improved health and education, and enabling infrastructure.

Operating independently of OTML since 2009, we are proud to have 50 full-time staff, 60 part-time staff, and committed volunteers throughout Western Province dedicated to ensuring our objectives and goals are aligned with those of the communities for which we serve.

To date, we have achieved significant outcomes across our investment portfolio and all five pillars of CMCA community development.

Economic Development

From inception as an independent organisation in 2010, OTDF has worked tirelessly with the CMCA communities to establish family and village-based economic and food production options.

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Women's & Youth Development

Developing women and youth aspirations following the intensive consultative community engagement in the communities and mine villages.

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Infrastructure Development

OTDF continues to focus on infrastructure delivery for communities to gain easier access to regional centres and government services, and to get produce to markets.

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Community Health

The OTDF Strategic 5-year plan goal for the Health Sector is the CMCA primary health care service delivery strengthened and in line with the Western Province & National Health Plans.

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Community Education

The OTDF Education Sector goals are to improve to quality education services, improve teacher education and training.

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Our Communities

We are proud to call the Western Province our home and consider each district part of our OTDF family. Each of the 147,000 people who reside in the 158 villages that make up the CMCA corridor are unique, and wonderful in their spirit, culture and sense of pride in their community.

Western Province

North Fly District

Middle Fly District

Women’s Representation

South Fly District

Annual Reports

Our latest Annual Report is a comprehensive report of what OTDF has achieved and defines/outlines our ongoing priorities and goals going forward.


Each month, our OTDF media team creates a PDF newsletter that encapsulates the many activities and achievements by OTDF, partners and communities.

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