Commonwealth Point of Light 64. Collin Pake Yakio
Collin Pake Yakio, representing Papua New Guinea, is supporting some of the country’s most vulnerable young people with accommodation, food, education and training opportunities.
As the founder and National Director of ‘Life PNG Care’, Collin feeds 150 homeless children on a daily basis at his family home in Port Moresby. With the help of his wife and four full time volunteers, Collin also oversees a raft of programmes including a mobile classroom, peer to peer outreach, public health talks and clothing distribution.
Deputy UK High Commissioner in Papua New Guinea, said:
“The British High Commission is delighted to present this award to Collin on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen. Collin and his team of volunteers make a huge difference to so many disadvantaged and vulnerable children and provide them with essential support they would not otherwise receive. ‘Life PNG Care’ plays a crucial role in helping to build stronger and safer communities through ensuring the children are properly nourished, educated and healthy. Collin is a very worthy recipient of the award.”
“I am honoured to accept this Point of Light award on behalf of my small team of volunteers. This award recognized many years in pursuit of social justice for a young generation that seems invisible to a nation. I cannot bear the pain for being enslaved to bring justice, equality and shared responsibility which is of great pillar for a nation. I am humbly honoured to receive this award, on behalf of my fellow volunteers, and this can motivate and inspire others to champion this cause to build a stronger community.”
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