Water Aid Aust gives tanks to Wosera villagers

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The National, Thursday 08th December 2011

WATER is essential for survival and having access to clean water will help people to avoid diarrhoea, pneumonia and other water-borne diseases, Water Aid Australia programme manager Jay Maheswaran said.
He made the comment during the commissioning of 12 ferrous- cement tanks in a village in the Wosera district, East Sepik, last Wednesday.
Maheswaran said they had the expertise to help communities with these European-funded projects but it depended on a community’s cooperation and contribution.
He thanked the ward member and people of Yambiko village for working with his officers to establishing something that would benefit them.
Before the implementation of
certain project, the organisation sends officers to conduct
social mapping, particularly
to determine the possible
outcome of the required
Under its rural water supply and sanitation programme,
Water Aid, in partnership
with HELP Resources in
the province, has been helping local communities improve
personal hygiene and waste disposal.
So far it has established eight projects in communities through its programme, each focusing on health, water, hygiene and sanitation.
Ward member Luke Apakia thanked his community and
Water Aid and said it was a
new beginning for Yambiko village.
He said because of today’s lifestyle diseases, he saw the need to engage non-governmental orga­nisations to improve the people’s lives.
He said he was now trying to help the water and sanitation projects two neighbouring communities.