AIRSTRIP CONE-MARKERS

One very important piece of equipment needed at all rural airstrips are cone-makers, and our iRAMP project requires these cone-markers to ensure the rural airstrips we help to maintain meet the standards set by the PNG Government. Our workshop’s fiber-glass production unit developed the moulds to produce these cone-makers and are very busy with a regular stream of orders. The fiber-glass production unit is one of the many thing manager by Henao Longgar [see picture] our senoir project manager.

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ANOTHER ATPROJECTS FOOTBRIDGE

ATprojects has completed another footbridge, this time the Kurumba Iropeno Footbridge in the Enga Province over the Maramuni River. The last stage of the project took 7 days and during the time the cables were fixed to the large concrete supports on each size of the river. This was followed by the foot plates and hand rails. This footbridge will allow remote village communities to access health facilities and other Government services on the other side of the river, which until now has meant a very dangerous river crossing. ATprojects staff were told about a number of pregnant women being washed again by the river, but now that is a thing of the past. The pictures below show the the new footbridge and an example of a traditional bridge that was common in the area.

ONE DAY ITS OPEN – AND THEN!

Last week 3 ATprojects staff went to Watabung Rural Primary school and Health Centre to arrange for a visit to carry out a base-line survey at these locations. Watabung was selected as it is only just over one hours drive from Goroka along the main Highlands Highway The Highway is the main [and only] supply route for the 4 million or so people that live in the Highlands. However, on Saturday night a land slip completely cut of the Highway. And what should have been a 4-5hour job to clear the Highway is still not done as local land owners are still demanding compensation from the Government. One good sign is that the Department of Works from Goroka now after 2 days has an backhoe excavator on site, and late on Monday it looked like police were taking control of the situation and allowing the clearing-up process to start.This is just one more example of how the best planned projects can and often do fall behind schedule. The picture below shows what was left of the Highway. The picture was supplied by Mr. Joseph Stegman, Depot Manager – Goroka, Mapai Transport Ltd

KABIL STAGE 2

After the Christmas holidays the Kabil Wash team are break on site. The team is hoping to complete the project by May this year, The remaining work includes the construct or another 60 or so ATloo’s and 15 rain catchments, [the picture below shows Delilah Kamila [right] one of our project engineers and Ruth Jerry our of our building staff [left] discussing the ATloo timber frames] the team will be assisted by 20 community volunteers and this should ensure that the work is quickly as possible. Also as part of the project the team will be completing a baseline survey collection data on hygiene practices (through questionnaires with women), medical records, school attendance and general knowledge of basic hygiene (through community sessions). In teams of community awareness one of the activities the team will carry out will be participatory sessions on “reproductive health & hygiene and menstrual hygiene” provided to the women of the target community. Also at every school within the project area participatory lessons on “Basic health & hygiene” to all students (Grade 1 to Grade 8). Which includes: 1) Introduction to germs, 2) Exercise on the route to germ transmission, 3) Discussion of good and bad hygiene practices, 4) Training of washing hands 5) Discussion of rubbish disposal, plus training on how to use a sit down toilet is carried out. Participatory lessons on “Menstrual hygiene” to female students (Grades 6, 7 and 8). Which includes: 1) Introduction to menstruation, 2) Exercise on the female reproductive system, 3) Menstrual cycle & fertility calendar, 4) Students presentations, 5) Training on how to use different menstrual products.