by Marie Kauna – EMTV Online, Port Moresby
Mission Vibe is a community project established by Lydia Dimokari, who is a youth champion for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in Papua New Guinea.
The community project was just an idea Lydia pitched in 2015.
In 2016, Lydia carried out the project. She named the project, ‘Mission Vibe’.
The project provided an avenue for women in her community to come together, and discuss important issues.
One of the topics of discussion Lydia said is sexual reproductive health.
Although sexual reproductive health is an important topic, many shy away and tend to ignore.
For Lydia, the idea of providing necessary information via this project was all that mattered and was an important call.
Through this project, young women were engaged in open discussions to collect views, while providing them with knowledge they needed to empower them individually.
For a country where illiteracy rate is high, this was one little way the project was helping women.
Lydia says helping one another is the key to seeing sustainable outcomes in a community, where the governments reach is limited.
“Where the government cannot go, you can go; and one way to reaching out to the needy out there is via such community projects,” says Lydia.
Although funding is a major constraint, developing smaller initiatives as such can empower people to collaborate and participate to bring about little changes to their own communities.
One of the important things Lydia mentioned is the love of doing things on voluntary basis.
Her passion of helping others see change is what drives Lydia in her career as a student, and as a youth champion for SDG.
Now with the role as youth champion, Lydia urges all women to help each other, empower each other, and be kind and nice to each other.
She also encourages those who have dreams, to fight and achieve their dreams.
Through Mission Vibe and the leadership role as youth for change, allows Lydia to continue her leadership role, reach out to many women as she can, and help them to see positive changes.