I got an SMS yesterday evening. My baby brother's team is in the semi-finals of the rugby games in Port Moresby.
The boys at he's school formed a team and have been playing throughout the year. No coach, no trainer, no supervisor or team manager - just primary school boys doing what they love.
I've been writing about the importance of PNG being self reliant and have laid out in my recent articles, how the people in this country ended up being dependent on "outsiders to bring development".
Now, these kids playing rugby don't have that level of disempowerment that adolescents and adults have. No, not having a good coach or or any coach for that matter, has not prevented them from succeeding in what they love.
Anyway, the SMS was from my sister, telling me that our little brother was too proud to ask for help from me. He's team needs K900 to buy themselves new uniforms and stuff for the finals (FYI I'm not into rugby myself so dont know what other stuff they need). I'm giving them K200, which will make me totally broke but I'm proud of their collective achievement.
I hope these kids never get disempowered like the rest of the sheeple of PNG, when they grow up. These kids inspire me. They're my little heroes, who see a world of possibilities when everyone else has been colonized into mental slavery. Instead of the usual refrain of "mipela ino inap..." they've stretched the boundaries of possibilities. Yes we can, PNG!