Fresh drinking water for remote West Sepik

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Villages and communities in some of the remotest parts of PNG have now been provided essential basic infrastructure in accessing clean fresh water.

Supported by UNDP through its humanitarian coordination component, under the ‘Strengthening Disaster Risk Management in Papua New Guinea Project’ and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Caritas Papua New Guinea, in partnership with the Catholic Dioceses of Vanimo, was contracted to implement the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Project. The project had three components: the installation of a water catchment system, hygiene and sanitation, and Covid-19 awareness.

For these remote communities having access to clean water has contributed to a decrease in waterborne diseases such as diarrhea, abscesses and rashes. For most of the communities it was the first time in a long time since having access to clean water.

Fr. Moses from the Order of the Little Way Missionaries of Saint Therese of Child Jesus is appreciative of UNDP’s support through Caritas Papua New Guinea and the Catholic Diocese of Vanimo for the provision of this essential resource.

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