SAFETY IS ONE KEY TO SUCCESS

One of the most effective ways to ensure community participation is by using young male and female community volunteers. These volunteers are paid a small allowance as they will be required to work five days a week to ensure that projects are completed on time. However to ensure that these volunteers are able to carry out their work safely, ATprojects has to carry out general work based safety training programs. Also it is very important that we provide all the appropriate safety equipment that will be required by these volunteers. But just providing safety equipment isn’t enough, daily inspections need to be made to make ensure that this equipment is being used and the volunteers know how to work safely. In the picture below volunteers are working on constructing a rainwater catchment and they have been instructed on how to do this in a safe manner. And we are pleased to say that following safety inspections by our client the project at Kabil Village in New Ireland Province has an excellent safety record with no accidents reported to-date. So it looks like the excellent work of a project team leader and his staff in terms of safety training is paying off.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF WASHING HANDS

Mapemo is the first of six schools to benefits from the Oxfam Wash project in the Eastern Highlands Province. But this project is not just about new infrastructure, it is also targeting behavioral change within the school particularly focusing on the students. One very important part of this behavior change is showing students how to correctly wash their hands after using the new toilets and before eating. These practical lessons are always great fun and the students are very happy to demonstrate what they have learnt. ATprojects Goroka staff have developed a range of simple to use teaching tools that help the students understand not only the process of correctly washing hands, but also the important health messages that come with these simple exercises. The picture below shows one of the lower grade classes at Mapemo participating hand washing in one of these lessons.

FIRST PAYMENT RECEIVED

On 15th March the first program funds were received by ATprojects for the Oxfam WASH Program in the Eastern Highlands Province. This means that purchases for the large issues such as water tanks can now be made. The cheque was handed over to ATprojects Co-Director, Mr Steve Layton in the presence of Oxfam’s Mr John Nokue and Ms. Eunice Wotene, [see below].

NATIONAL APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY CENTRE

As part of ATprojects core operations we run the National Appropriate Technology Centre just outside of Goroka. Apart for demonstrating all the technologies and infrastructure we have developed over that years to assist rural development here in Papua New Guinea, we also are aiming to be self-sufficient in things like power, water and importantly food. And as part of our agricultural program we look after bees, plant trees and product high quality compost, plus we run food and coffee gardens. And of course this all requires a skilled workforce and we are very lucky to have a number of hard working staff, see below.

NEW TRAINING PROGRAM IN BOUGAINVILLE

ATprojects, UNICEF, ARB and the Bougainville Technical Collage are starting a new training program that will be targeting rural communities in Bougainville with the aim of improving basic sanitation. The program will provide ‘hands-on” training in the construction of simple toilets that can be build in rural communities. The training will be carried out at the Bougainville Technical Collage which in located in Tinputz. ATprojects will have 3 full-time staff working in this program, headed by a senior project officer Ms. Janet Rowaro. This week ATprojects Co-Director Mrs. Steve Layton and Ms. Janet Rowaro visited the Collage with Mr. Kencho Namgyal of UNICEF to start the process of setting-up the program. An important part of the program will be the high level of cooperation that will be developed between ATprojects and Education and Health staff, and we are already seeing working partnerships being developed, one example of this is that Ms. Claudia Dalets [Environmental Health Office based in Buka] and Ms. Janet Rawaro both graduates of DW University are already starting to plan the first few weeks of the program, [see picture below].