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Gororomeka Elementary School (see picture) in the Eastern Highlands Province recently received a solar lighting system from Christian Wenger–Rosenau, a German based energy entrepreneur who has been partnering with ATprojects to install solar lights in the remote rural health centres in the Eastern Highlands. Christian was in Papua New Guinea with his family and his visit also coincided with a trip to the sites in which ATprojects has previously installed solar lighting systems with funding from SolarPNG.

Lucy Guni, a teacher in charge of Gororomeka Elementary School was very happy with the solar installation inside her office. Mrs Guni said since the establishment of the school, she has been using lamps in her own home to do her work after schooling hours. “I am very happy with the solar installation because now I will not take my work home after hours,” Mrs Guni said. She also thanked Christian for such an amazing gift saying that it will not only benefit the teachers, but the community as well.

Another solar installation was done by Christian at Miruma village in Daulo District. It was installed in a Community Home Based Care (CHBC) site. Christian strongly urged the recipients of the solar lighting systems to look after them.



Posted October 9, 2015 by atprojectsblogs in Solar Power


Solar installation in Community Home Based Care (CHBC) sites in the Goroka and Daulo of Eastern Highlands Province is now benefiting the locals and the CHBC health volunteers in the rural areas of the two districts. ATprojects’ Technical Officer, Bob Abio, said the CHBC sites are: Yagoroka, Zoowongera, Kabiufa and Kotuni. Mr Abio said each of the four sites received two solar panels with two lights and two six watts power packs, one for lighting system and the other one for communication purposes.

“The main idea of ATprojects installing the solar lighting systems are, for general lighting purposes as often many sick people get help from the CHBC health volunteers at night and on many occasions the volunteers have been turning them away due to lack of lighting facilities. The second reason is for the CHBC health volunteers to charge their mobile phones so that when emergency cases are reported at their sites, they can use the phones to call for an ambulance of the nearest health.

After the installation, the CHBC health volunteers were trained on the usage of the solar facilities and are shown how to take care of the solar kits. A team leader of the CHBC health volunteer from Yagoroka, Mandowe Maingera thanked ATprojects and its partner Light Up The World (LUTW) for delivering such a much needed service to his community. Mr Mandowe said over the years he and his team of volunteers have been using torches and lamps to attend to sick people at night.

The Community Home Based Care program is implemented by ATprojects Inc. through the support of the Australian Government Aid and it focuses on providing palliative care to people living with HIV/AIDS and basic health services to the rural areas. In line with the program Light Up The World Canada has been partnering with ATprojects over a number of years to light up Rural outpatient and labour wards of the rural health centres in the country.


Posted October 8, 2015 by atprojectsblogs in Solar Power


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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Nichola Goddard Continues To Light Up Papua New Guinea   Leave a comment

The Goddards with community members at a rural health centre in Gororomeka in the Daulo district of Eastern Highlands Province. This clinic is a Community Home Based Care centre and had solar powered lights installed

The Goddards with community members at a rural health centre in Gororomeka in the Daulo district of Eastern Highlands Province. This clinic is a Community Home Based Care centre and had solar powered lights installed

Nearly all the remote health centres in Papua New Guinea operate in the dark at night. Those that can afford to continually buy batteries use torches, while some use candles and lamps to treat patients.

Some even use “bomboms” (dried coconut palm leaves tied together and lit up) as a light to help deliver babies at night. While most of us might not be thinking about this issue, there are a few very generous organisations such as the Nichola Goddard Foundation and Light Up the World (LUTW) that are concerned and are working tirelessly to raise funds to ensure as many remote health centres in PNG are being lit up through solar power.

Tim & Sally GoddardTim and Sally Goddard, their daughters Victoria and Kate and colleagues from Canada who raise funds for ATprojects to light up rural and remote health centres in PNG paid a visit to ATprojects Centre in Goroka, Eastern Highlands from May 31st to June 3rd.

LUTW in partnership with the Nichola Goddard Foundation has been funding ATprojects to install solar lights in these health centres all over PNG and to-date ATprojects (with its local partners) have installed 410 solar lighting units in 246 rural health facilities over the past 5 years.

The Goddards said the purpose of their trip to the Eastern Highlands Province was to meet with ATprojects Co-Directors, to see firsthand the progress of the solar installations.

The Goddards & ATprojects team ready to walk to a rural health facility

The Goddards & ATprojects team ready to walk to a rural health facility

A highlight of their stay in the province was the visit to Gororomeka Community Home Based Care (CHBC) site, a rural health clinic mostly made from bush materials in the Daulo District. A two hours walk from the main road and up the Daulo mountain range was described as a great experience for the visitors. They said they now have a better understanding of how difficult it is to install solar lights in the rural health facilities that are situated in the rough terrain and mountainous areas in PNG.

The Goddards of course are not new to PNG, having taught in a number of rural schools in Milne Bay, East Sepik and Kainantu, Eastern Highlands province in the past. Back in Canada they raise funds for the Nichola Goddard Foundation, a project that was established in honour of Nichola Goddard, their daughter who was born in Papua New Guinea.

Nichola was a Captain in the 1st Regiment of the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery when she was killed on May 17, 2006 in combat while serving with the Canadian military in Afghanistan.

As part of her legacy the Nichola Goddard Foundation was started in 2008 with the main aim to improve the quality and functionality of health care facilities in the rural areas of PNG by installing solar powered lighting systems especially in maternity rooms.

The Goddards said they plan to help over one thousand health facilities throughout the country by supporting the installation of solar lights units.

“Five years ago they installed eight solar units in the rural health clinics in the Trobriand Islands and Kirriwina of Milne Bay Province and they start to look for a PNG-based partner to work with and found ATprojects,” said Tim Goddard.

Walking a bush track to the Gororomeka rural health facilityFundraisings are carried out by the Nichola Goddard Foundation in Canada and the funds raised are then given to LUTW, who release these to ATprojects. LUTW is an international humanitarian organization dedicated to providing renewable energy and innovative lighting technologies to developing.

Also the Nichola Goddard Foundation is offering two scholarships to those who wish to do their Masters and PHDs in the following universities:

Captain Nichola KS Goddard Scholarship in Graduate Studies at the University of Calgary– Graduate students from one of three groups are eligible for the scholarship fund: they may be citizens of Papua New Guinea, the country where Nichola Goddard was born; they may be people of First Nations, Inuit or Metis descent, in whose company Goddard spent many of her formative years; or they may be citizens of Afghanistan, the place of her death.

Captain Nichola KS Goddard Scholarship at the University of Prince Edward Island –This is awarded to a student in the Faculty of Education who has an interest in the international specialization, has successfully completed both first year practical, and has achieved an average of 80% on his/her first year course work. Preference is given to a student whose placement interest is in a developing country.

For more information on scholarships go to

 By Janet Rowaro


installing solar powered panel at Simbari health centre

ATprojects technical officer, Ishmael Agena installing solar powered panels at Simbari health centre.


ATprojects officer Silas Simba tries out the solar light inside a rural elementary classroom.




ATprojects electrician, Bob Abio installs a solar power pack inside an elementary school classroom in rural Kururumba in Asaro.

Posted November 26, 2014 by atprojectsblogs in Solar Power

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