Veronika Triariyani Kanem, 28, is a mixed of Papuan Muyu and Javanese. She is working as one of core staff of the Office for Justice and Peace of Merauke Archdiocese (Sekretariat Keadilan dan Perdamaian Keuskupan Agung Merauke – SKP-KAME). Daily called ad “Tri Kanem” or shortly just as “Tri”, she is a hardworker with passion and enthusiasm but never lost her enjoyment and humor.
Soon as accomplished her primary education at Public Senior High School (SMA) 1 Merauke, in 2005, she was directly joined with SKP-KAME as young volunteer while she continued her further education as a student of Merauke College of Technology (Sekolah Tinggi Teknologi Merauke – STTM). Her parents’ economic condition was made her studying while working. Lucky one, in 2011, she has finished her university years and graduated in computer science.
After several years as volunteer, Tri then appointed as a full-time staff of SKP-KAME. This is made her gained a lot of opportunities to attend various training and courses both domestic and in abroad. In 2007, she spent six months attended intensive English course in UNITEC, Auckland, New Zealand. Back home to Merauke, she was appointed as Training and Community Education Program Coordinator of SKP-KAME which is made her spent more time to travel around remote villages and met with local communities. Since 2011 until now, she was appointed as Program Manager of SKP-KAME, the second position after the Executive Director.
She keep her willingness to gain higher education. In 2012, she received a scholarship from the Provincial Government of Papua to accomplish her English course during six months in Denpasar, Bali, and finally gain an IIELTS certificate. Then, she received another scholarship from StuNed of the Dutch government to attend a short course on “Participatory Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation (PPME) – Managing for Impacts” in Wageningen University. In 2014, Embassy of New Zealand in Jakarta has selected her as one of recipients of New Zealand ASEAN Scholarship. Now, she is preparing herself to be a master degree student of the Department of Women Studies in Waikato University in New Zealand for the next two years.
For her, nothing is impossible as long as someone working hard, willing to learn, and keep praying.**KH