Our History

Wantok Support started as the dream of the former PNG High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Ms Jean Kekedo OBE, CSM to assist Papua New Guinean citizens who were destitute. This culminated into her approaching PNG nationals living in the UK to assist in establishing a charity. Over the years with so much discussion and attempts it finally came into fruition after a group of committed PNG nationals and individuals with interests in PNG finalised the constitution and registration was granted by the Charity Commission in December 2011.

The name “Wantok” is translated as “friend, close friend, mate” in tok pisin – a language which is widely spoken throughout Papua New Guinea.

The logo shows a lady with a string bag on her head. The string bag is used for many purposes in PNG including carrying babies and infants. Wantok Support’s logo represents support and assistance for those that need a helping hand.