kurere matanzana

Kurere Matanzana

Assistant Country Director
B3B Papua New Guinea

Kurere is a patriotic and vibrant trailblazer in several impact projects with an experience of 6 years in community development space. His active involvement in community oriented projects stems from his deep concern and passion to see more young people getting quality education and for the rural and marginalised people to be actively involved in economic and social development of their respective Communities, Districts and Province. His journey began in 2014 when he was doing his grade 9 in Tusbab Secondary School in Madang Province where he voluntarily collected reading books from his peers and donated them to the rural Primary Schools. The drive in him for change has led him further on to initiate and pioneered the Manam Appeal Project, Students Tutoring Students Project, Niupela Madang/Niupela PNG Cleanathon Campaign, Youth Programs, and Mission Outreach Activities in the pockets of his society through the grants he received from The Voice Inc. (TVI) and other Student Unions. In 2019, he received an Oil Search and Digicel Young Men of Honour Award as a form of recognition for his community contributions. In 2020, he was one of the successful candidates in South Pacific to travel to Japan through the Jenesys Program to share the culture, lifestyle and language of the two nations as a way to forge a strong and lasting bilateral relationship between PNG and Japan as a student. This year he was awarded with a Scholarship from the Kokoda Track Foundation as an Archer Leader.

Kurere was the former SRC and Scripture Union President of Tusbab Secondary School, former President of UPNG Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship, former President of UPNG Economics Student Society, former Coordinator of the Peer Mentorship Program and Ambassador of the Clean Generation Campaign under TVI. He is currently the Alumni President of the Jenesys Program in PNG and a very vocal youth advocate. He has undergone several project management trainings and he will be completing his final year of Bachelor Degree in Economics at the University of Papua New Guinea this year.