Clear Water Project
Access to a reliable source of clean water is a fundamental need of life. Unsafe drinking water, inadequate sanitation, and poor hygiene are a dangerous combination for the health of people living in remote communities. UNICEF reports that over 60 % of the population uses unimproved water supplies. Water-related diseases such as diarrhoea, typhoid, malaria, and cholera are major causes of illness and death in PNG. This was before the arrival of COVID-19; access to safe water supplies is even more critical now to stop the spread of the virus in rural and remote communities.
In a tropical, monsoonal area like the Kokoda region in Oro Province, the volume of water available is generally not the issue. However, no matter the level of rainfall, if there is not a safe, reliable way of capturing and storing the rainwater in a location that is accessible to the community, adults and children alike living in the village can be at risk.
While delivering our and health projects, KTF has identified communities in the greater Kokoda catchment that would greatly benefit from the installation of water tanks adjacent to school buildings, aid posts, and other community faciliites.