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Safe Water for Remote Communities (PNG)

PNG Lent Event 2017 (19)

Lack of clean water supplies in isolated rural communities in PNG especially affect women and children with both the burden of carrying water and the incidence of water-borne diseases.

For almost 20 years the United Church in PNG has been providing water tanks, gravity fed systems, and taps close to home.

But hardware wasn’t enough, people’s behaviour needs to change. The “Rait Mama” campaign in Milne Bay targets women as change agents who encourage their family and community members to wash their hands with soap, taking care with food preparation and toilet use. Finally, we are seeing decreases in waterborne disease as a result of the campaign.

This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). Thanks to ANCP, we’re making a huge difference together; lifting families out of poverty and helping people improve their lives.

Check out the impact we’re making!

Our Impact

Since 2015 our partners have worked with 5,822 people in 3 Milne Bay communities to improve water supply and hygiene behaviour.

2,511 people received education and access to safe water and sanitation


Papua New Guinea


United Church in PNG

Program Unit

Relief & Development (tax-deductible)


Poverty Alleviation

News from the Field

  • Giving the power of choice June 17, 2019 “It’s our choices that matter in the end. Not wishes, not words, not promises.” How many choices do you think you might make each day? Researchers suggest it’s about 35,000 choices – 227 relating to food alone. Little wonder so many of us have choice paralysis! So what guides our decisions? Some are impulsive, some are emotional, some ...
  • UnitingWorld launches interactive ‘choices’ video May 31, 2019 The new interactive video highlights the difficult choices faced by people working to overcome poverty. The video follows the story of 15-year-old Rani, who lives in a remote costal village in Papua New Guinea. With limited access to reliable water, she must make difficult choices every day that put her health, education and safety at ...
  • “Rait Mama, Rait Famili, Rait Komuniti” – Safe Water in PNG December 15, 2017 For two years now, a passionate team in Papua New Guinea has been trialing a new, innovative campaign to raise awareness about health and sanitation and the importance of washing hands with soap. In rural PNG, water and sanitation levels are low, open defecation is common practice, and women and girls and people with disability ...