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About ATprojects   Leave a comment

ATprojects was formed in 1998 as an association governed by a constitution within the Papua New Guinea “Association Incorporation Act”. We are based in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province, but works throughout PNG. Our aim is to enable rural people to use appropriate technologies which give them more control over their lives and which contribute to the sustainable development of their communities.

ATprojects provides a number of program development products and is one of the few organizations in PNG offering practical technical support at a district level. We also offer a range of development products and services, including a training and conference facility.

What is appropriate technology?
Appropriate technology is a way of thinking about change, recognizing that technologies can evolve  along different paths toward different ends. It includes the belief that rural communities can have a role in deciding what their future will be like, and that the choice of technologies is an important part of this. It also includes the recognition that technologies can embody cultural biases and sometimes have political and distribution effects that go far beyond a strictly economic evaluation. “AT” therefore involves the use for technologies that have for example, beneficial effects on income distribution, human development and environmental quality.

Part of ATprojects’ development strategy is to start with and build on locally available skills and materials, based on the initiative and full participation of local people. This should mean that local needs will be met more effectively, that mistakes will be on a scale that are understandable and correctable, and that technological and social changes that follow are more likely to harmonies with evolving local traditions and culture.

Our Vision:
To be a family centred organization which supports the development of young PNG professionals who are ready to contribute to the physical well being of the poorer members of our community. We will be the leading appropriate technology based organization in the South Pacific. We will be financially sound and have infrastructure capacity compatible with our goals.

Our Values:
Staff of ATprojects value:
• Family centredness, Self-reliance and self-determination
• Good role models behaving in a manner that reflects well on ATprojects
• A work ethic that achieves a high standard of manufactured product
• Personal and professional growth
• Developing people who work harmoniously and respectfully, meeting challenges together
• Transparency, integrity, honesty – serving the best interests of the organization and the individual
• Full and meaningful participation and supporting others to help themselves
• Partnership and cooperation with donors and other key stakeholders
• Helping wherever our products can be of benefit.
• Working in a learning and knowledge environment.
• Appropriateness, equity, affordability and accessibility of all our technologies

Our Mission:
All ATprojects programs will use appropriate technologies to assist poorer members of our community to improve their standard of living. We will use a participative design approach to develop suitable projects and products for distribution & dissemination throughout PNG and the South Pacific where possible in partnership with other development programs.

For more information on our work and the services we offer, please contact us on telephone +675 7224 4690 or e-mail us on


Posted December 25, 2016 by atprojectsblogs in Uncategorized


This week one of ATprojects Wash teams made a presentation to the Governor of the New Ireland Province Sir Julius Chan and Mr Sandeep Biswas the CEO of Newcrest Mining Ltd. The presentation took place in Kavieng and highlighted to current project at Nokon Village in the south of the province. The presentation was made by Arthur Layton [Project Manager] and Marina Schkot-Casas [Gender & H&H Adviser].

Posted April 28, 2016 by atprojectsblogs in Uncategorized


After a 5 day delay our container for the Nokon Village project was finally unloaded from the ship yesterday. With the help of a Box Loader we were able to locate the container near the Newcrest Office in Kavieng. Also the same day we were able to load our project truck [that arrived in the same ship] and today very early in the morning the truck and 3 staff took off for the 7 hour drive to the project site. And this afternoon 3 other staff arrive in Kavieng.  

Posted February 2, 2016 by atprojectsblogs in Uncategorized

A VISIT TO OUR CENTRE   Leave a comment

Two weeks ago Oxfam’s WASH Coordinator Praphulla Shrestha who is based in Melbourne, Australia paid a visit to the ATprojects Centre. Mr Shrestha was impressed with the products that ATprojects is producing to help the local communities in the country. He was amazed especially by the Urine Diversion and the Sit Down toilets produce by ATprojects saying that the designs suit the local environments of the country. It was the first time for Mr Shrestha to come the Eastern Highlands Province and had decided to pay a short visit to ATprojects Centre at Mt. Gahavesuka to see some of the work that Oxfam’s development partner has been do


Posted December 2, 2015 by atprojectsblogs in Uncategorized

STAFF GET NEW UNIFORMS   Leave a comment

ATprojects’ staff has each received three new uniforms a week ago. The new khaki uniforms was bought in Lae. ATprojects iRAMP Senior Project Officer, John Nekints, says the uniforms are of great help to the project officers who travel out of the province on business. Mr Nekints says he is happy with ATprojects management for issuing the uniforms as it will also help him do his work especially when working in such place as the airports as his job requires him to travel remote airstrips in the country.


Posted October 28, 2015 by atprojectsblogs in Uncategorized


Recently the Innovative Rural Airstrip Maintenance program (iRAMP) carried out another successful refuelling trip to rural airstrips in Enga and Jiwaka provinces. For two of the airstrips in the Jimi area of Jiwaka province refuelling was done by road. According to the ATprojects iRAMP Senior Project Officer John Nekints it was a tough trip for his team to reach this airstrips due to the bad road condition. Mr Nekints says it was a very challenging trip as they had to lay logs over some of the bridges in order for the truck carrying fuel to pass. He says his team were able to reach the two remote airstrips (Kol and Koinambe) due to the dry season because in the wet season these roads are impassable.


Posted October 27, 2015 by atprojectsblogs in Uncategorized

SCHOOL WASH   Leave a comment

At ATprojects it all about team work and how we can all contribute to the success of the organisation. Part of the ATprojects Water and Sanitation (WASH) program team have started a new work plan this week before the implementation of the WASH project at Gahuku High School in the Eastern Highlands Province. The project which is funded by Oxfam New Zealand and will involve the installation of ATloo toilets, girls’ washhouse and water tanks. But just as important as these assets will be the Health and Hygiene training that will also take place over the next few wells, including female hygiene training for the older female students.


Posted October 26, 2015 by atprojectsblogs in Uncategorized