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Nupmo Holdings signs Lease Agreement with OTDF

Nupmo Holdings signs Lease Agreement with OTDF

Caption: L-R Mr. Mark Yauram presents the vehicle keys to Mr. Andrew Mari, OTDF EMPS

Nupmo Holdings Limited (NHL) is thrilled to announce a significant achievement with the successful signing of an agreement with a development partner to lease out its vehicle.

The lease agreement was formalized on the 6th  of December at the OTDF conference room between Ok Tedi Development Foundation (OTDF) and  NHL, witnessed by Mr. Andrew Mari OTDF Executive Manager Program Service.

The Chairman of Nupmo Holdings Limited, Mr. Mark Yauram, expressed his satisfaction in sealing the lease agreement with OTDF, emphasizing the pivotal role played by the foundation in contributing to NHL’s growth and development. Mr. Yauram highlighted the valuable lessons learned through the collaborative journey with OTDF, attributing the remarkable impact on the company’s overall success.

Mr. Andrew Mari Executive Manager Program Services (EMPS) in his congratulatory remarks gave credit to former executive managers and directors involved in these ventures.

Acknowledging the foresight of Mr. Eric Kuman, former Executive Manager Program Services, Mr. Mari, praised Kuman’s vision for transforming communities through spin-off businesses. Mari expressed his gratitude at Nupmo Holdings’ confidence in OTDF and commitment to advocate for the foundation. He emphasized the importance of embracing opportunities, fostering innovation and sustainability in the programs delivered by OTDF.

Trust Administrator Mr. Johanis Saferius, , highlighted the significance of the occasion, describing it as a small yet meaningful event that paves the way for future generations within Nupmo Holdings and the Community Mine Continuation Agreement (CMCA). He said: “This is significant occasion because from the initial funds of K300,000.00 spent to purchase an excavator, the money raised from the use of the earth mover made possible the purchase of the Toyota Land Cruiser”.

Saferius expressed gratitude to those who laid the foundation for this milestone.

The ceremony concluded with the formal signing of the lease agreement and the symbolic handover of the car key to the OTDF Team, IDD, and PSO, marking a momentous collaboration between Nupmo Holdings and Ok Tedi Development Foundation.

Empowering Youths: Middle Fly Women and Children Association support Local youths

Empowering Youths: Middle Fly Women and Children Association support Local youths

Caption: Youths receive the rations from executives of the women’s association and development partners at Kiunga waterfront

In a heartwarming gesture aimed at fostering community development and engagement, the Middle Fly Women and Children Association (MFWCA) extended a helping hand to youths from three villages of upper middle fly.

The association presented bails of rice, assorted food items, and drums of fuel to support the initiation of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) scheme during this festive season.

The MFWCA in recognizing the significance of youths as vital stakeholders in community development, donated items to empower the young members of Erecta, Karemgo, and Moian. The youths had established an SME to contribute meaningfully to the local economy.

Mr. Andrew Mari, OTDF Executive Manager Program Services, delivered an encouraging message to the youths during the presentation. He said: “You must remain consistent and persevere in your efforts to ensure the success and sustainability of your SMEs. He also stressed the importance recognizing the youths and engaging them in meaningful activities during the festive season and encouraged the youths to be good role models in shaping the future of the community.

“Youths are important stakeholders in the community and should be recognized and given prominence to make them become useful members in the community,” remarked Mr. Mari. He expressed gratitude towards the Village Planning Committees (VPCs), the women association and the OTDF Team for their unwavering support in supporting the youths.

The small yet significant presentation concluded with expressions of joy and gratitude from the youths and their leaders. They eagerly anticipate the opportunity to expand their SMEs, fueled by the support and encouragement provided by the MFWCA. The act of generosity is a catalyst for positive change and progress within the community, empowering the youths to shape a brighter future for themselves and their villages.

South Fly CMCA women learn to sew school uniforms

South Fly CMCA women learn to sew school uniforms

Captions: Elementary School Students from Tapila adorn the uniforms sewn by the life skills training participants.

In a display of community empowerment, the South Fly CMCA Trust regions recently celebrated the completion of their life skills training program, particularly in the art of sewing. The praise extends not only to the 80 participants but also to the significant impact they’ve made through their dedication to empower the youths and women in Life Skills Training.

According to Mrs. Anna Sumai Dudi, President of the Women and Children’s Association, the influence of these community empowerment program reaches beyond the immediate skills acquired; it establishes a foundation for sustainable development. This equips individuals and communities with the tools to improve their livelihood and shape their future. The celebration in South Fly CMCA Trust regions is not just a moment but a stepping stone toward a future where empowerment is an ongoing journey.

Lead facilitator Mrs. Helen Gire Dupnai Manager of the Kiunga TVET Center expressed excitement about the participants and the outfits they sewed. She remarked, “With needles in hand and determination in their hearts, they successfully completed Life Skills Training in sewing, contributing meaningfully to the community by creating elementary school uniforms for local children. These skillfully crafted uniforms not only evoke pride but also testify to the transformative power of skill development.”

Community Development Coordinator Mr. Polang Tommy specially acknowledged the support from the KTVETC team in the program. He said, “A special acknowledgment goes to Mrs. Dupnai and the dedicated trainers at Kiunga TVET Centre. Their commitment to being present in the community has been instrumental in fostering self-reliance and empowerment.” The sewing trainers, accompanied by sewing machine maintenance trainers, ensured participants learnt how to fix their machines and provided basic servicing guidance to avoid breakdowns.

Through imparting valuable skills, the trainers enhanced participants’ capabilities and directly impacted the lives of those in Severemabu, Tapila, Buria, and Samari communities.

In conjunction with the sewing training, the women community leaders of Suki Fly Gogo Women & Children Association engaged in Institutional Strengthening Training. This initiative reflects a holistic approach to community development, recognizing the pivotal role of women in leadership.

The Institutional Strengthening Training equips these women leaders with the tools and knowledge needed to address the unique challenges faced by their communities. Enhanced leadership skills position these women to guide their communities toward sustainable development.

The success of these programs is a testament to the collaborative efforts between participants, trainers, and community leaders. The synergy between the Kiunga TVET Centre and four local women and children’s associations exemplifies a community-driven approach to development.

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 

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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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