Dobi Isaiah

Dobi is a the President and Co-founder of Helaro (Hope) Association of Porebada village of the Kairuku Hiri District of the Central Province.

An association formed from being inspired during her attendance to the Global Women in Management Program in Washington DC. The association was formed first and named Centre for Less Priveilegded to be the voice of the marginalised population (widows, widower, fatherless children, HIV aids, and the disabled) so that they are recognised as development partners and active citizens on any developments coming into their villages. Basically to be recognised and be included thus minimising stigma. The name was then changed to Helaro which means Hope in the Motuan language. will be the voice of this marginalised population (widows, widower, fatherless children, HIV aids, and the disabled) to be recognised so that all developments coming into their villages has to be inclusive and minimise stigma.
Dobi is hearing impaired yet very passionate and committed to the course of becoming the voice of the marginalised of her Porebada community. Under her leadership, she mobilised the marginalised community and formed the organisation.

With APNGWLN’s support, they fundraised, got the association registered, submitted applications for TIN and awaiting opening of their bank account.

Helaro Association is currently promoting arts and crafts, motuan pottery reviving and cultural preservation and leading the awareness on GBV in the LNG Plant Site villages.

Dobi is one of the members of the Network that literally has not income source and struggles day to day in supporting her leadership work. Currently she tries to produce shell necklaces and sells them to support not only her leadership work but also her family.

She embraces APNGWLN’s values and worked very closely with her Central women GWIM alumni colleagues.
She received training from IBBM Corporate Training and EDTC in Business Basics and Personal Viability, Budgeting and Financial Reporting, and Basic Directing.
Dobi attended the Organizational Capacity Assessment (OCA) Workshop in Port Moresby and the GWIM 58 in Washington DC, USA.