Peace and harmony are the foundations for a healthy and successful community. The International Organisation for Migration (IOM), PNG Government and local partners are now working with local communities that are taking the lead in peace and development.
The plans will now be rolled out in the communities of Daga, Semin, Pomberel, Humbra-Topa and Kumin
The launches were attended by various stakeholder including local Provincial authorities, District and Local Level representatives, faith-based organisations, the UN, and women, youth, men and children from the target communities.
The launch events included the official opening of community halls and water points which were completed in August with assistance from IOM. These community spaces were built by men and women in the local community and will be multi-purpose facilities that serve the unique needs of each of the five communities. The water points provide much needed safe, accessible water.
Launching of the Community Peace for Development Plans (CPDPs) included the opening of multi-purpose community halls and water points installed with support from IOM in response to the community-led projects in all 5 communities.
Community halls will be used for various purposes including training on peace and conflict mediation, and rainwater points will improve access to safe drinking water among, making it easier especially for women and young people to access water for household uses within their community.
Photo Credit: UN in PNG