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WATER WOE FOR SCHOOL ADDRESSED   Leave a comment

On the 16th of January, the ATprojects school WASH team under the WASH program a project funded by Oxfam headed to Notofona Primary School, an hour’s drive out from Goroka town.

Under the leadership of the ATprojects engineer Nagasi Namui and Wash Project Manager Richard Longgar the team travelled to the primary school mainly to find out on the depth of the water hole which would allow the project engineer to design an appropriate system to draw water from using a 12 volt, solar powered water pump.

According to Richard Longgar this trip was made following an assessment of the school by ATprojects’ officers, a decision was made by the Co-Directors to install a pump and holding tank using the existing water-well.

ATprojects Engineer Nagasi Namui, measuring the depth of the water hole in Notofona Primary School.

ATprojects Engineer Nagasi Namui, measuring the depth of the water hole in Notofona Primary School.

???????????????????????????????Mr Longgar says the installation of the proposed pump will complement the two old ATloo toilets installed in the school and an addition of four new ones built recently with a 2000litres water tank and a 1000litres tank for a girls shower. He says his team is looking forward to working with other schools in the area.

“This is the first project for me as a team leader to work in collaboration with our own engineer who has the task of designing a water system that is solar powered. And we hope that the communities surrounding the school will show their appreciation of the project and the water system by looking after what put through the support of donors, “he says.

The Headmaster of Notofona Primary School Bale Amino says he is grateful for the project as often the area where the school is located in faces long dry spells leaving the student and teachers with inadequate water supply to meet their daily needs.

The Numbers

The data used in the tables below are estimates base on the available figures and are to be used as a guide only.

“ATloo” Built

Year  Schools with ATloos ATloosBuilt “Female” Students with access to ATloos [Estimate] “Male” Students with access to ATloos [Estimate]] “ALL” Students with access to ATloos [Estimate]]
2003 14 14 470 510 980
2004 14 48 1,613 1,747 3,360
2005 8 48 1,613 1,747 3,360
2006 10 60 2,016 2,184 4,190
2007 6 36 1,210 1,310 2,520
2008 4 24 806 874 1,680
2009 4 24 806 874 1,680
2010 4 24 806 874 1,680
2011 4 24 806 874 1,680
2012 4 36 1,210 1,310 2,520
2013 4 24 806 874 1,680
2014          
Totals: 76 362 12,162 13,178 25,330 

“ROUND LOO” Production

 

Year  “ROUND LOOS” Produced Rural People with access to “ROUND LOOS”[Estimate]
2008 175 1,677
2009 450 2,745
2010 800 4,880
2011 1,052 6,417
2012 1,009 6,155
2013 702 4,282
2014    
Totals: 4,188 26,156

 

“Female Wash Houses” Built

Year  “Female” Wash Houses Build “Female” Students with access to Wash Houses [Estimate]
2009 4 232
2010 4 232
2011 4 232
2012 4 232
2013 4 232
2014    
Totals: 20 1,160

 Acknowledgement

This document is an output from ATprojects and is made possible by the generous support of the Oxfam [New Zealand] and ATprojects internally generated funds.

Posted February 6, 2015 by atprojectsblogs in Water & Sanitation

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iRAMP STARTS WORKING IN JIWAKA   Leave a comment

Having access to basic government services such as health and education on regular basis had always been a problem for the people of Jimi electorate in the Jiwaka province.

Though most of the villages are accessible by road and air, during the rainy season most of the roads become impassable making it hard for people to access government services. The airstrips are also not maintained to the standard where smaller planes can land safely.

To ease some of these challenges faced by the locals Rural Airstrip Agency [RAA] under its Innovative Rural Airstrip Maintenance Program [iRAMP] in partnership with ATprojects have started community consultations with the locals in Jimi to maintain four of the proposed five airstrips in the province.

The four airstrips in which RAA through ATprojects will carry out its maintenance on are Amblua, Kol, Koinambe, and Tsandiap with Giramben in the North Waghi electorate.

ATprojects Senior program officer for iRAMP Mr. John Nekints recently went on a two days community consultation trip to Jiwaka province to meet with community leaders.

Mr Nekints says nearly all the airstrips in the area are in dire need of maintenance as there are tall grasses growing on them making it difficult for smaller planes to land.

He says after the inclusion of the five airstrips in Jiwaka Province this will bring a total number of airstrips under the iRAMP program to 17. The other 12 airstrips are in Western Province.

Eight Airstrip Maintenance Volunteers [AMVs] from the four airstrips in Jimi travelled to ATprojects Centre in Goroka where they were equipped with skills to handle the heavy duty lawn mowers and mobile phones to collect airstrip reports on a daily basis.

After the training each airstrip is expected to receive a heavy duty lawn mower to maintain the airstrips on regular basis. The province to receive assistance for RAA will be Enga Province.

Airstrip Province Percentage of Days Airstrips Open[Jan/Aug 2014]
Hesalibi Western 100%
Honinabi Western 100%
Wawoi Falls Western 100%
Lake Campbell Western 100%
Fuma Western 100%
Mougulu Western 100%
Yehebi Western 100%
Debepari Western 100%
Gubam Western 100%
Kiriwo Western 100%
Kondobol Western 100%
Kapal Western 100%
Airstrip Province Percentage of Daily Report Received by iRAMP[December 2014]
Hesalibi Western 100%
Honinabi Western 19%
Wawoi Falls Western 95%
Lake Campbell Western 67%
Fuma Western 90%
Mougulu Western 100%
Yehebi Western 86%
Debepari Western 100%
Gubam Western 100%
Kiriwo Western 38%
Kondobol Western 95%
Kapal Western 100%

It should be noted that a number of the airstrips do not have access to a Digicel signs and therefore we rely on HF radio which can be problematic in these remote rural areas. However, the program is receiving great support for other volunteers located at other airstrips who are passing on information to our program staff. And here we would like to make a special mention of iRAMP staff who start contacting these rural airstrips at 6.00am every morning.

Posted February 6, 2015 by atprojectsblogs in iRAMP Programme

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LUTW SET TO LIGHT UP MORE RURAL HEALTH POSTS IN EASTERN HIGHLANDS   Leave a comment

ATprojects solar light program for this year is going to start next week with solar lights installation set to begin at Yauna Health Post in Kainantu District and Barokila Health Post in the Obura/Wonenara District of the Eastern Highlands Province.

This project which is funded by Light up the World [LUTW] and being implemented by ATprojects has had lit up many other similar and mainly rural aid posts and rural health centres in the remote rural areas in the country over a number of years.

According to the ATprojects Senior Project Officer and Engineer Mr. Nagasi Namui who is currently spear heading the program, this month alone ATprojects is planning to install solar lights in five different rural health centres of Eastern Highlands province.

Mr Namui says the project will focus mainly on lighting up the labour wards of the five health centres namely Yauna, Barokila and Ivoti health posts, Kokopi Day Care Centre and Misapi sub health centre.

ATprojects Solar Technician Mr. Bob Abio packing solar kits and brackets for five Health Centres in Kainantu, Obura Wonenara Districts.

ATprojects Solar Technician Mr. Bob Abio packing solar kits and brackets for five Health Centres in Kainantu, Obura Wonenara Districts.

He says all the five health posts are administered by the Salvation Army Health Services in the Eastern Highlands and that since all of them are situated in the most remote parts of the district, it is likely that work would finish towards the end of the month.

Pastor Allan Geson of the Salvation Army Health Services in the highlands region says the solar lights will help the nurses to attend to pregnant mothers who go into labour during the night.

Pastor Geson says such services are vital for health centres and rural aid posts in the rural areas with no electricity.

He says the solar project in both Yauna and Barokila health posts will benefit more than five thousand people from the surrounding villages.

He says due to lack of electricity most often nurses had to use torches, lamps and other forms of lightings to attend to sick patients at night .

ATprojects electrician Mr. Bob Abio will carry out the initial technical work of the installation and says all the solar kits for the five health posts have been packed and are ready for installation.

Posted February 6, 2015 by atprojectsblogs in Solar Power

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USIOTO FOOTBRIDGE PROJECT TO BENEFIT LOCALS   Leave a comment

Difficulty crossing the Mapemo River during the rainy season might soon be a thing of the past for the Gimiufa and Gimisave people in the Ward 4 LLG of Daulo in Eastern Highlands Province.

For many years people living along the Mapemo River and school students have been facing problems trying to cross the river during the rainy season.

ATprojects with the help of its technical staff has started consultation with the locals and are in the process of writing a report to seek funding from the Eastern Highlands Provincial Government and Open Members of Daulo and Goroka Districts to construct the footbridge.

During this week’s consultation by the ATprojects Co-Director Mrs. Miriam Layton and Engineer Mr. Nagasi Namui many people from Gimiufa and the neighboring villages have expressed same sentiments of loosing houses, gardens, livestock and even people to floods.

ATprojects Co-Director Miriam Layton speaks to the locals during the consultation trip at the proposed footbridge site.

ATprojects Co-Director Miriam Layton speaks to the locals during the consultation trip at the proposed footbridge site.

According to a spokesperson from Gimiufa, Putete Nipiapu over the years whenever there was a flood the villagers used to cut huge trees to get to the other side of the river bank.

Mr Nupiapu said their efforts to maintain the makeshift bridges had been in vain as when there is heavy rain it use to wash away the logs leaving no option for the villagers but to look for another location again to cut a tree in order to cross the river and the river is also constantly changing its course every rainy season.

“Whenever we put huge logs across the river it gets washed away by huge flood during the rainy season,” Mr Nupiapu said.

ATprojects Engineer Nagasi Namui measures the span of the Usioto footbridge in Daulo District.

ATprojects Engineer Nagasi Namui measures the span of the Usioto footbridge in Daulo District.

He said after a number of discussions with his fellow villagers, they have selected an ideal location to build a footbridge at Usioto.

John Luvi another villager from the area said since the Asaroka Lutheran Secondary, Primary, Elementary school, Lutheran Mission and an aid post are all situated on the other side of the river bank with more than 1,000 people from throughout the Daulo district especially parents.

He said the footbridge will help many people especially mothers who often find it difficult to sell their garden food in the market during the rainy season.

Posted February 6, 2015 by atprojectsblogs in Footbridge Project

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