The National, Tuesday 21st August, 2012
WATER is life as the saying goes and for one local community in Bogia, Madang, and the completion of a water supply project has sparked a new drive and commitment.Kosakosa village is located about 10-15 minutes out of Bogia station and has a population of 447. Recently, this small coastal village came alive with festivities when they launched their water supply project under the Yawar Karkar Rural Water Supply Sanitation and Hygiene Project, which was funded by the European Union (EU) for K64,873.50.The community met 10% of that – a total of K6,487.35. The project was implemented by World Vision with the aim to improve the health of the Yawar and Karkar communities through participatory development to access safe water and sanitation facilities.
The Kosakosa water supply project was first set up in 2009 after local and village leaders approached World Vision Madang with their request for assistance to set up a water supply system for their village.
World Vision area manager Smith Sapaka, at the opening ceremony, encouraged the villagers to look after the water supply system and urged them to continue to take the lead in bringing about small developments to their area to improve their lives.“It is admirable that Kosakosa village has launched their water supply project.
“They did this on their own. They set up water committees who allocated the youths to various tasks to lay the foundation for this water supply project.”Sapaka said water supply, sanitation and hygiene was not the only project that can benefit the villagers. World Vision is involved in other projects that cover health, education, environment, youths and women.Kosakosa village leaders have shown interest in continuing to work with World Vision to assist in development initiatives at the village level.