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Goroka, EHP: Data collection for the EU-UNICEF-Government of PNG WASH Project study is underway in the districts of Central Bougainville, Hagen Central, Goroka, and Nawaeb. Sustenio (Australian research firm implementing the study) is collecting information on knowledge, attitudes and practices that will be used for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) awareness campaigns at both district and national level.
The State is developing the Karnataka Water Resource Information and Knowledge System(KWRIS) with a draft strategy and plan for its on-going development and implementation.
Nawaeb, Morobe: Recently, 5 different schools Situm, Gewan, Gain, Boana Primary Schools including Boana High School – received important information around Menstrual Hygiene Management in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic. The approach was an indoor, classroom-based session, to maintain social distancing thus allowing class teachers to advocate to students on key areas surrounding MHM as part of their lessons which were done in poems, graphics, discussions, etc.
Nawaeb, Morobe: 07th July 2020 saw ODF Internal Verification Committee formation and meeting with 3 LLG leaders of Waiin/Erap, Nabak and Labutta LLGs for the Internal ODF verification in the communities following the ODF Certification Protocol. LLG Internal Verification team will start in the already ODF declared communities for ODF certification by external ODF Verification team through DDA CEO.
Central Bougainville, AROB: A young mother named Regina Uneke from the Irakaa community, was pleased with herself after digging her very own 1m by 1m pit safe toilet. Pictured above are World Vision workers demonstrating to her how she can fit vent pipes into the pit.
Central Bougainville, AROB: While waiting for the community to attend the COVID-19 awareness talk, the Wakunai team in the field prepared quite a number of Safe Toilet Steps charts to give out to the community on 22nd May 2020. Well done, Wakunai!
Goroka, EHP: Team members of OFXAM, TTU and the Feedback Foundation jointly visited Izafoka village and held a meeting there with the community on 15th June 2020. The team members from each organization talked with the community on the importance of sanitation, hygiene, and an Open Defecation Free environment.
Goroka, EHP: A pre-triggering meeting was held at Ginitoka Primary/High School on 16th June 2020. A total of 19 teachers including headmasters were present in the meeting. Discussions included overview of the functioning project and partnerships, the importance of WASH in schools, Open Defecation and fecal transmission routes, etc. after the meeting, the teachers decided that the Headmaster will communicate the date for a triggering session for the school children.
Goroka, EHP: A milestone achievement for PNG’s NDOE rolling out its Policy and Standards for WASH in Schools 2018-2023 on 11th – 12th June 2020 to respective Education Inspectors in 8 districts in the province. Discussions included WASH programs captured and implemented in the 7 SLIP priority areas, and advocating for roles/responsibilities of School Board of Management, SLIP committees and School Hygiene Club Committees for sustainability of WASH activities.
Goroka, EHP: Matehaw community were triggered on 10th June 2020. The community, consisting of 7 hamlets, were triggered about health and Open Defecation with residents of Getaku, Hpl and Matha Houseline present totally 100 participants of men, women and children. Feedback Foundation took the triggering forward with tools like calculation of feces per day per person, impact on health, etc. With the realization of the community eating their own feces, they aim to be ODF by 10th July 2020.
Wakunai, AROB: Potawa Community Early Childhood School was one of the selected communities in Wakunai District to have had been given the COVID-19 awareness talk with children from this school.
Also, demonstration of vent pipe during the school visit was also done as part of the Potawa Community Open Defecation-Free checklist.
Nawaeb, Morobe: Well done to Pohosi Elementary School students for marking World Water Day just in time before word of lockdown reached the rural school in Nabak LLG. The school celebrated the day for only an hour on Monday 23rd March 2020 before closure of school. During the small but significant event, awareness was carried out on COVID-19 facts to the students and staff. A total of 339 students, 7 teachers and 40 adult community members were present to observe the important day.
Goroka, EHP: Gahukuzuha community is grateful for the awareness carried out on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impacts and practicing safe hygiene measures. Implementing partners, despite the lockdown, moved into the area informing the people on the devastating virus. The awareness was carried out also with the support of Feedback Foundation with emphasis on COVID-19’s global impact and control measures. The people were informed and urged on hand washing with soap and water, and practicing social distancing.
Goroka, EHP: Well done to the Fereyufa community for constructing 19 toilets so far for 20 of its households in the community. The Segehanaroka hamlet in the Fereyufa community also maintained its cleanup of the community’s roadsides and homes just before the lockdown. The changes in the community were done through the mobilization of the members of a hard-working Motivator Mr Colsen Ja.
Quarreling over open defecation in cocoa plantations amongst villagers in the Bokawera community in Central Bougainville is a thing of the past now. Each household in this community has built a safe toilet so no one defecates in cocoa plantations anymore! Bokawera Community is the 4th community under the Klinpela Komuniti Projek that has been declared Open Defecation-Free. Frequent hand-washing at critical times is a positive change that the community’s Chief, Lawrence Inimai, is proud of and happy to see.
Hagen, WHP: The CARE team visited Waipeng community along with natural leader and motivator on 25th February 2020. They visited 34 households out of 120 where 26 toilets completed and the rest are under construction mode. All will be complete by next week.
Hagen, WHP: An official announcement was made on 21st February 2020 by the Hagen Central District City Authority that plans for school WASH facilities were approved.
Political support does indeed encourage communities to go faster and further. Thank you Hagen Central District City Authority and respective members.
Hagen, WHP: The WASH team visited the communities of Kupat and Kumblika in Hagen Central District with its natural leader and the community pastor on 12th February 2020.
House to house visits were conducted with 8 new toilets in progress and 2 new toilets complete. In Kumblika, 5 toilets are complete. Both communities are looking to become Open Defecation Free and announcing their status after more toilets are constructed.
Hagen, EHP: On 11th February 2020, the WASH team visited Pagla community in Hagen Central where they were accompanied by the natural leader who visited the 22 households in which 18 have progressed very well with newly built toilets.
2 more households are yet to build their toilets but so far so good for the community of Pagla and its people. They are soon to declare themselves Open Defecation Free.
Goroka, EHP: 28th February 2020 saw the visit to Holy Eucharist Primary School and Asaroka Health Post along with a rep from TTU. The team officially informed the headmaster of the health post regarding the visit which discussed the school and its facilities as well as the health post and its facilities.
Goroka, EHP: The communities of Samagoni, 9Kiyau, and Stony Rocks declared their Open Defecation Free status on 27th February 2020 in the presences of reps from the DDA, OXFAM and TTU.
The guests visited some of the newly built toilets in the hamlet and were amazed by the milestone achieved by the communities.
They also thanked the community in their deliberations for creating safe and healthy environment for their children.
Goroka, EHP: On 26th February 2020, a planning meeting was held at the TTU office in Goroka to discuss the planned visit of the EU’s Project Evaluation Consultant, Marco Visser.
Present during the meeting were WASH Coordinators and Officers from both TTU and OXFAM where the teams discussed the visit plan which includes: visiting two villages on 05th March 2020 and visiting a school and a health post the next day.
Goroka, EHP: Congratulations to the community of Kurakum for getting yourselves Open Defecation Free as of 20th February 2020! Way to go guys! That’s a total of 26 households within the community that finally have toilets. Present during the occasion were reps from Goroka DDA, the community Pastor, OXFAM and TTU teams. The guests thanked the community and teams on the ground, for helping to achieve this great milestone!
Goroka, EHP: A meeting was held with all stakeholders on 19th February 2020 to review progress of the communities and their Open Defecation Free statuses.
Present during the meeting were reps from the Goroka DDA, Health and Education depts., OXFAM, TTU and FF. Discussion was on the ODF plan for the month, formation of a committee for verification and certification of ODF declared communities, templates for certificate for self-declaration ODF communities and champions in the village and Community WASH Facilitators of ODF villages.
Nawaeb, Morobe: A special needs couple in Nawaeb District have recently built their very own toilet in their home and are extremely grateful to the EU, UNICEF and partners for the what the project has done for them so far.
Ismael and Jenny, who are both mute and deaf, have stated that their new toilet has no smell and that they are enjoying it very much.
They mentioned that their son, 5 years old, has stopped defecating outside and uses the toilet now.
Goroka, EHP: On 18th February 2020, the hamlet of Sekeroka declared themselves Open Defecation Free!
A total of 35 households in the hamlet were declared ODF in a traditional celebration that had reps from Goroka DDA, the Pastor of Sekeroka, OXFAM and TTU where they visited one of the newly constructed toilets in the village which was inaugurated.
The visitors thanked the community and the team for working hard on the ground and achieving the milestone.
Panguna, AROB: Children from the Kirariai village in Panguna District were at the forefront of the community in celebrating their self-declaration of being Open Defecation Free.
Way to go Kirariai! You’re setting the pace for other AROB communities to do the same.
Panguna, AROB: World Vision WASH Project Manager Evelyn Mikasimo explaining hand-washing techniques using a tippy-tap that was set at the side of the chief toilet at Kirariai village in Panguna district of Central Bougainville.
Ms Mikasimo explains how hand-washing is done with soap under clean and running water.
Goroka, EHP: Water Rais Elementary School in Zaukave have provided its own slabs to build VIP toilets for the students to use for this year 2020.
Construction is underway at the school.
Goroka, EHP: A hamlet in the Arikeyufa community of Goroka, was triggered on 06th February 2020. The hamlet has requested for 2 months to attain and celebrate total sanitation.
The hamlet has 29 households and only 9 unsafe toilets. Thus, the community leaders have made it their responsibility to work towards having a total sanitation free environment
Nawaeb, Morobe: During the Open Defecation Free status declaration ceremony of Narumbeng, Morobe Provincial Health Officer Alphonse Mirere stated that the EU-funded WASH project considered the well-being of children the most and that parents needed to train their children well to use the toilet. “If parents have toilets and use it rightly, you are teaching your child proper sanitation behavior and he or she will live with it for the rest of his or her life.”
Goroka, EHP: Touching The Untouchables have thanked UNICEF for creating, providing, ordering and having the Klinpela Komuniti Projek uniforms and visibility materials delivered to them in Goroka District.
The uniforms and visibility materials have indeed motivated TTU as well as the Community WASH Facilitators to do their work for their communities, thanks to the EU-UNICEF funded Klinpela Komuniti Projek.
Panguna, AROB: World Vision WASH officers in Panguna District have been assisting carpenters with construction at Dapera Primary School. Also, community motivators have mobilized to help around the community and build septic toilets for the school as well. This week will be solely based on construction while the following week will be based on Community-Led Total Sanitation work. The team is expected to complete construction before the year, 2021.
Nawaeb, Morobe: A special toilet was inaugurated during the Open Defecation Free status celebration of Narumbeng community of Nabak LLG in Nawaeb District on 08th February 2020.
The toilet inaugurated was an innovated toilet with water supply in hand-washing tank from rainwater harvesting, which also has an overflow outlet.
Present during the inauguration were reps from the Provincial Health Authority, Provincial Family and Social Justice Department, the WASH Project Coordinator and members of the World Visio
Panguna, AROB: “We have water source but no support to pump out the water for us to have a proper water system. If we have this, everything will fall in line.” This was revealed on 22nd January 2020 by Sister in Charge of Manetai Health Centre, Judith Nawa. She also mentioned that they face a lot of other challenges like no proper disposal area for women/girls’ sanitary pads, no toiletries, etc.
These issues will be addressed thanks to the EU-UNICEF funded Klinpela Komuniti Projek and implementing partners World Vision and PNG Government.
Panguna, AROB: Manetai Primary School management and staff members, along with World Vision WASH team, held a meeting today, 06th February 2020, to discuss Hygiene Promotion in school. The agenda for the meeting included establishing a School Hygiene Club, the School Sports Day as well as key times for hand-washing and personal development. During the meeting, the school’s Headmaster Roger Magatu, ensured the World Vision WASH officers that all the agenda would be captured in the school operational plan for the year 2020.
Goroka, EHP: Today a visit was made to Goripemoka Community who are building permanent VIP latrines. Since triggering last year, they have taken ownership of the project and have decided to build uniform toilets for all 33 households in the community. Each household has contributed cement bags for the toilet slabs, and trees were cut down and milled into timber for the frames. Currently, toilets are still under construction and Goripemoka hopes to be ODF by the end of March, 2020.
Goroka, EHP: Beautiful and clean, the community of Matega is now charging a spot fine of K50 for anyone who practices Open Defecation in the area. Thanks to Cluster 6 Coordinator Freddy and the Community WASH Facilitators for making this now-amazing village, Open Defecation Free. The signpost in this picture reads in Tok Pisin: “Noken Pekpek Nambaut Nambaut” which directly translates in English as: Do Not Defecate Here and There”!
Goroka, EHP: In the village of Kamausi, the existing toilets of both elementary schools and primary schools in the village, have been upgraded to match the standards of the now Open Defecation Free village since 25th October 2019. Well done team and community members!
Goroka, EHP: Following the Open Defecation Free and Health Promoting village declaration of Nagazima village on 04th December 2019, reps from the EU, UNICEF, OXFAM, DDA, TTU and ATP visited two schools – Notofana Primary School and Holy Eucharist School to see facilities built in the school under the Klinpela Komuniti Projek (EU-UNICEF-PNG Government WASH Project).
Goroka, EHP: Since 19th November 2019, Genevega villagers in Goroka District have committed to ending Open Defecation in their community. They started with the community reps preparing a social map of the village showing all 59 households followed by toilet construction from the 21st November 2019. Today, verification of toilets in each house with the TTU Cluster Coordinators and CWF are currently in progress. Genevega is now on the verge of announcing its ODF status very soon.
Hagen Central, WHP: Apukum and Kuia – two communities in the Hagen Central District – were recently pre-triggered in a small gathering to end the practice of Open Defecation and lead a cleaner, healthier lifestyle.
Present during the pre-triggering were influencer leaders, village magistrates, the Chairman of the local elementary school, youth leaders and women leaders; social mapping was also done.
For Apukum, triggering will be held on 6th February 2020 while Kuia will be triggered on 11th February 2020.
Goroka, EHP: On 24th January 2020, Honorable Member for Goroka Henry Ame through the DDA, presented a cheque of K200,000 to OXFAM to facilitate the WASH implementation activities in the district.
“On behalf of the DDA and my people of Goroka District, I thank you all for the wonderful work done throughout the communities in the district. My DDA and administration stands firm and committed in supporting the program thus far and we will continue to do so as we venture into a new year.”
Panguna, AROB: The communities of Kiravera and Brick in AROB have put excellent collective action towards becoming Open Defecation Free.
Both communities were triggered earlier by World Vision team and today, they have built beautiful toilets with local material and are working towards improving their toilets to make them safe by fitting in vent pipes, using ashes, etc. which are yet to be done.
The village leaders and motivators were mobilized to do just that and are soon to declare themselves ODF.
Central Bougainville, AROB: A total of 15 hamlets in four different communities in AROB, have become Open Defecation Free.
This was revealed on 31st January 2020 during a planning meeting held by World Vision and AROB WASH officers.
The meeting also looked at intervening in new communities across the districts, ensuring follow ups after triggering, verification by communities and teams, and self-declaration by the ODF communities.
Timelines were also drawn as field visits begin this week, which started on 03 February 2020.
Nawaeb, Morobe: Narumbeng Hamlet in Gobadok village, Nabak LLG, Nawaeb District, comprises of almost 50 households who have committed themselves to changing their behaviors after so many challenges given to them by World Vision officers. Thus, almost every one of the 50 households in the hamlet have constructed their toilets using shown timers and are ready to declare their Open Defecation status at the end of January 2020.
Nawaeb, Morobe: Gwabadik community in Nawaeb District have constructed their toilets and are good to go. The community has set the date for next week Saturday, 8th February 2020, to make their declaration of being Open Defecation Free.
Goroka, EHP: On Friday 24th January 2020, a meeting was held with all the Goroka District community cluster coordinators, WASH officers, WASH coordinators and TTU, to review the progress thus far in all 9 clusters under the project; and to plan for the coming week as well.
Congratulations to all the communities in Goroka District that have become Open Defecation Free under the Klinpela Komuniti Projek with guidance and direction from your respective cluster coordinators! Well done!
Bougainville Central, AROB: On 24th January 2020, AROB WASH officers took time out to prepare and put together some sports materials to promote hygiene through sports in AROB schools. Many of the sporting items included soccer balls, rugby balls, cones, pumps, and the like.
Panguna, AROB: On 25th January 2020, Bokavera hamlet of Manetai community became the first place is AROB to declare itself Open Defecation Free. Before the community was triggered, it used to be filled with both adult and child faeces lying around everywhere. Today, after being declared ODF and having built 20 newly constructed toilets, Bokavera Chief Lawrence stated that he is committed to the project and will continue to keep their ODF status up.
Nawaeb, Morobe: Marambi village in the Nabak LLG, declared itself Open Defecation Free on 03rd December 2019. Men, women and children of Marambi were very grateful to the EU, UNICEF and World Vision for helping their community of 33 plus households, build their toilets. Zumbuna Gina, Morobe Provincial Health Inspector, stated that the declaration was very pleasing to witness and be a part of and thanked the EU, UNICEF and World Vision for the initiative to pilot such a project in Nawaeb.
Nawaeb, Morobe: Unlike other villages, Tikelenge of Labuta LLG in Nawaeb District, have been constructing raised pit toilets on high ground.
Since Tikelenge is near the beach, water comes in easily; even in a one-meter deep pit. However, the community themselves identified the solution and have come up with the idea of building raised pit toilets instead.
Nawaeb, Morobe: On 25th November 2019, World Vision hosted a review and planning meeting for the WASH teams at their office in Lae, Morobe Province. Present at the meeting were the three Nawaeb LLG teams – Nabak, Labuta and Wain/Erap – who discussed their progress, processes and challenges for the month and also, planned for the next month, December 2019. After the meeting, Community Immersion Module (CIM) was presented by the Feedback Foundation representative.
Nawaeb, Morobe: Instead of celebrating World Toilet Day on 19th November 2019, two days later, Lambaip Primary School in Nabak LLG observed the day quietly. There were no traditional dancers nor sing-sing groups. Instead, the students, with guidance from their teachers, chose to clean up all their toilets and construct new toilet covers.
Nawaeb, Morobe: Guffin village reps in Wain/Erap LLG presented the gift of a miniature pit toilet to the project partners who attended the community’s Open Defecation Free declaration ceremony. The event took place on 22nd November 2019 and was marked with traditional dancing and singing including speeches by partners from the Provincial Health Department, and the WASH teams of World Vision and Feedback Foundation. The partners were indeed honored to receive their gift.
Nawaeb, Morobe: Popuf and Guffin villages of Wain/Erap LLG declared themselves Open Defecation Free on 22nd November 2019 with a traditional ceremony.
Nawaeb District Health Manager Justin Ruameng, in his keynote address, stated that achieving an ODF status was indeed a proud moment for everyone.
“We have now moved a step towards experiencing the reduction of 60-80 per cent of diseases in these communities,” he said.
Goroka, EHP: Early October 2019, Kamusi village, including Kamusi Primary School, were triggered to end the practice of Open Defecation. The villagers discussed making existing pit toilets safe and constructing new ones with everyone working hard to achieve this goal. On 20th November 2019, Kamusi declared itself Open Defecation with a traditional celebration in the presence of DDA, OXFAM, TTU and FF reps as the children rallied around the village shouting the slogan: Stop, Stop, Stop Eating Pekpek!
Goroka, EHP: Papa Smith and his wife of Nagazima village in Goroka have completed building their VIP toilet as part of the Open Defecation Free status achieved by their village on 02nd December 2019. Papa Smith and his wife chose seating and not squatting while they were building their toilet which was their choice of sanitation technology. Way to go!
Goroka, EHP: Students and teachers of Iufi-Iufa Primary School recently underwent a triggering, awareness and education session with Community WASH Facilitators. The students were taken through faecal oral transmission routes and how to break the routes as well as demonstration of proper handwashing, and the key times at when to wash hands. #EndOpenDefecation #CleanHandsSaveLives
Kieta, AROB: Mikas Primary School in Kieta, observed World Toilet Day this year on 20th November along with World Children’s Day. Unlike other celebrations throughout the years where there is traditional dancing and singing, the students marked the day differently this time. The school sent out cartons of food to other schools in three AROB districts – Kieta, Panguna and Wakunai. Some of the schools that received the food stuff included Kopani and Manetai Primary Schools, and Tarana Elementary School.
Goroka, EHP: Only in year 7 at Gama Primary School in Holimetoka village of Goroka, John Junior is probably the youngest student in Papua New Guinea to have built his very own toilet!
Thanks to the EU-UNICEF-PNG Government WASH Project, surely, the village of Holimetoka is on the road to becoming Open Defecation Free!
It is indeed empowering to know that young people like John, see the importance of building, having and using a toilet.
Goroka, EHP: In less than two weeks, the Mesiyufa community in Goroka had created a map of their village indicating all households with names, each household having to build their own toilets, and even dug a huge pit and built a public toilet for people visiting the village.
On 22nd October 2019, Mesiyufa declared itself Open Defecation Free and inaugurated the public today by cutting the ribbon. Congratulations Mesiyufa!
Goroka, EHP: Segitoka was the first ever community to be self-declared as Open Defecation Free as of Thursday 10th October 2019. All households constructed their toilets within 2-3 days: having a pit covered with the lid, ventilation pipe, superstructure with a door and a tippy-tap near the toilet. They are also pouring ash into the pit after use. To mark the success, the community had a traditional celebration whilst regular follow ups will be conducted to monitor the community.
Goroka, EHP: At only 6 years old, little Otito Salten (centre) from Goroka, is the youngest child in the country to have recently demonstrated hand washing with the guidance of her loving mother. Thanks to the EU-UNICEF-PNG-Government WASH Project, Otito will have access to WASH facilities at her schools which will be implemented in Goroka by OXFAM and partners: TTU, ATP and Feedback Foundation. #CleanHandsSaveLives #KlinpelaKomunitiProjek
Goroka, EHP: Mama Mau, 55, recently built her first ventilated toilet. Thanks to the Klinpela Komuniti Projek that will benefit 40,000 people including women and children of Goroka – she is one of 74 families in her community to do so.
Goroka, EHP: Busa Rokule, Head Teacher of Asaroka Elementary School in Goroka, was indeed grateful for the latrines and water system that the EU-UNICEF funded project has installed in her school. "The latrines are a blessing to the kids as we do not have the funds under the TFF to do it ourselves," she said. The KKP WASH project has built the morale of the school's staff and has encouraged the children to attend school which will support them in completing their basic education.
Goroka, EHP: Congratulations Nagazima village for achieving an Open Defecation Free status on 04th December 2019! Well done!
“Keep the WASH fire alive!” said Community Leader Sam Gaseheli while addressing his community.
All 18 households in this village have built latrines with handwashing stations, thanks to the Klinpela Komuniti Projek. Now, 271 residents in this remote community have access to improved sanitation and hygiene facilities.
Kieta, AROB: Students and teachers of Koromira Primary School in Kieta District commemorated Global Handwashing Day today 15th October 2019 through various activities.
Proper hand washing methods were displayed along with items showcasing the importance of hand-washing through poems, songs and drama. The community also joined in the celebration.
The event was made possible with support from the EU, UNICEF and partners.
Goroka, EHP: Several schools in Goroka marked Global Handwashing Day today 15th October 2019 through various activities. The schools, including Akameku, Notofana, and Faniufa Primary along with Phonix Elementary, Shiave Community and Holy Eucharist, celebrated the day by making their own banners, demonstrating hand-washing steps, reciting the hygiene pledge, displaying artwork on hand-washing, taking part in quiz games and even doing awareness in the other communities.
Nawaeb, Morobe: A total of 435 Community Motivators and Mobilizers were recently trained by the Feedback Foundation on Community-Led Total Sanitation, to help end Open Defecation. The trainings were done in 3 of the 4 project districts: Goroka, Central Bougainville and Nawaeb.
These sessions aimed at enhancing the capacity on the CLTS approach and creating critical and dedicated district teams who will accelerate the implementation of WASH activities to make each district Open Defecation Free.
Port Moresby, NCD: The European Union recently handed over PNG’s first WASH data system to the Government as part of ongoing efforts to support effective planning and coordination in the WASH sector. The WASH MIS, an open source of mobile data platform, will play a vital role in collecting and populating reliable data across communities, households, schools and health care facilities to support effective planning and monitoring of the PNG WASH sector.
Port Moresby, NCD: A 3-day session was recently conducted by WaterAid in Port Moresby to train partners on the new mWater Management Information System that will form a basis for establishing a government-led WASH data system for improved planning and coordination. The 24 participants from Government and Civil Society Organizations who were trained and certified on the functions and features of the system, and how to manage it, are the first crop of master trainers that will train others nationwide.
Goroka, EHP: "Leaving No One Behind" was the theme for this year's World Water Day which was celebrated on 22nd March 2019 at the Goroka National Park in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province. The day saw students of various primary schools within Goroka town present poems, dramas, song items, and even a demonstration of how to build a tippi tap to signify the importance of water and its usage.
Tinputz, AROB: 22 elementary schools and 14 primary schools in Tinputz District of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, celebrated World Toilet Day alongside Global Handwashing Day on 19th November, 2018. Students displayed dramas, songs and poems and also their newly-built toilet facilities.
Nawaeb, Morobe: Girls from Kerebug Lutheran Primary School in grade 6 to 8 were recently part of a focus group discussion to understand menstrual hygiene management challenges and issues they face in school. “When there is no rain, we have no water for drinking, washing our hands and to clean up. This makes life at school difficult,” said Olive John, a grade 8 student who is part of the group.
Port Moresby, NCD: Phase two Implementation partners, World Vision and Oxfam, were recently oriented on the modalities of the EU-UNICEF-Government of PNG Project implementation. Staff from both World Vision and Oxfam, oriented on the EU Visibility Guidelines, which are a key element of the project. Working closely with local government, both NGOs will support delivery of the WASH project.
Port Moresby, NCD: EU-UNICEF-Government of PNG WASH Project partners recently met at Holiday Inn in Port Moresby to review targets, indicators and results to align them to the current project operating environment. Partners also took stock of what has been done so far. Participants included reps from government, UNICEF, World Vision and OXFAM.
Port Moresby, NCD: Europe Day, on 9th May, was celebrated in PNG through several activities including media appearances, school-based activities and a reception which provided an opportunity to inform the public the meaning of the commemoration which is rooted the European values of unity and human rights. EU work in PNG was also highlighted, especially through the major EU-UNICEF-Government of PNG WASH Project.
Nawaeb, Morobe: Menstrual Hygiene Day was celebrated at Situm Primary School in Lae, Morobe Province on 22 May. Commemoration undertakings included media activities and interviews, and working with at least 200 schools in 4 PNG districts to hold cost-free activities during the month.
Hagen Central, WHP: The EU-UNICEF Government of PNG WASH Project was launched in four districts of the country including Nawaeb in Morobe Province, Hagen Central in Western Highlands Province, Central Bougainville in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, and Goroka in Eastern Highlands Province.