Raylance Mesa, 24 of Morobe Province grabbed both the IBBM Young Achievers Awards and the overall WOW Awards.
The young lass, only 24 but an architect by profession has contributed towards development and climate change mitigation efforts in her island home Tami in Finchafen, Morobe Province.
Raylance initiated the rebuilding of Tami Island Primary School sea wall out of coconuts, as well as improving infrastructure and building teacher’s houses which helped a lot of people in the community.
Ms Mesa boasted about her passion in helping other less fortunate people because she realized that there is an imbalance in the society in terms of development and therefore she decided to do something for her community.
‘’ I use to go for holidays in my village in Tami and I realized that kids like me do not have the same privilege as me living in the city and I felt I should do something about it ’’, said Ms Mesa.
It all started back in high school where Raylance gathered her friends and family members to awareness on climate change mitigation and other social and development issues which eventually involved the whole community.
What she did attracted attention from several stake holders lending her the recognition and Commonwealth Youth for Excellence in Community Development Award in 2017 and UN Seventh Day Youth Development Award last year.
‘’Now that I am an architect I wanna share anything and everything I learnt in life or school with my people because I realized they are keen learners and very cooperative’’.
‘’I used to tell my people that we can’t wait for the government or wait for something big to happen, we start small and create that livelihood that we want with whatever resources we have available’’, said Ms Mesa.
She said encouragingly that every human being is gifted and uniquely designed to make an impact in your life and you can never go wrong if you do it with passion.