Papua Support Foundation2022-10-04T16:57:20+02:00



Listen to the story of Papua, easternmost province of Indonesia. Papua is an overwhelming country. It is unprecedented in beauty and diversity. The natural resources are inexhaustible. The Papuans live in harmonious connection with their village, community and ancestors. They take your heart forever.

But the natural balance between humans and their habitat is disturbed by changes from the outside and inside. Transmigrants from elsewhere displace the indigenous population from the labour market. The Papuans are marginalised and their voices are not heard. The appeal of modern times threatens the survival of traditional societies. Hapin listens to the Papuans and helps them to keep the road to the future open.

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‘No farmers, no food’ is a statement that is not strange in the context of Papua. The majority of the population that does not live in the city lives from agriculture. As is often the case in Papua, local farmers need to compete against transmigrants from elsewhere. Avaa – a movement of Papuan farmers in the Sorong area – knows how to change this.


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Papua is one of the largest islands in the world. The island stretches from the eternal snow fields on top of the Puncak Jaya to the tropical beaches of Raja Ampat. Enriched by deep valleys, special animal species and a diverse culture.

Hapin was founded in 1972 by Dutchmen and Papuans who feel connected to the fate of the original population of the former Dutch New Guinea.

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Your own batik fabric in the shops: career Norbertus off to a flying start

Nobertus (28) originally from the Yaqhai tribe, spent most of his life in the inland of Papua. To study law, he moved to Merauke, the second largest city on the island. Norbertus does not immediately feel in place in Merauke. The transition from the kampong to the city is intense and Norbertus is quite introverted by nature. Several teachers and supervisors interpret his silence as disinterest. Until one evening, when Norbertus brings a small piece of carved wood to the entrepreneur course. Everyone is amazed by his craftsmanship. He receives a sketchbook and pencils from his supervisors. From that moment on Norbertus does nothing but design patterns.

Realised projects

For 45 years we have been supporting students, entrepreneurs, mothers, children and schools in Papua.

Hapin has granted scholarships to at least 2,000 students. Already we have provided 160 microcredits and supported 1,200 projects.

View the projects and students we have supported over the years.

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About Hapin

Listen to the story of Papua. Province of Indonesia. The land of the Papuans. Snowy high mountains and meandering rivers. In one of the largest rainforests in the world, the bird of paradise shows off her feathers, the queen among the birds. Papua, with its fantastic diversity of peoples, cultures, languages, traditions and stories. So colorful, so unique, so rich. The Papuan, get to know him, and you’ll never forget him again. Friendly and gentle.

But a tragedy looms. The familiar environment of the Papuans is at risk from large-scale logging and mining. Their precious ancestral land is no longer safe for the interests of the multinationals and greedy army officers. Economically, people from outside push the Papuans to the margin. Education and health care are substandard. Resistance and protest against this discrimination is forcibly suppressed. Papua Support Foundation (Hapin) wants the voice of the Papuan people to be heard and stands next to them in their struggle to direct their own future. Since 1972.

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50 years Papua in our hearts

Hapin's anniversary year is in full swing. We seize this opportunity to bring out personal stories of those who care about Papua. With the aim of putting the spotlight on Papua's heritage rather than Hapin

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