By Julie Badui Owa – EMTV News, Goroka
A delegation from the European Union arrived in Goroka, Eastern Highlands on the 10th of October to launch a water, sanitation and hygiene or WASH project.
The project will benefit 200 villages including nine health facilities and fifty schools. 400 villages will be left out due to funding problems.
The project was funded by EU at a cost of K20 million. It will be implemented by Oxfam, UNICEF in partnership with Goroka District Development Authority and the National Government.
The EU delegates who arrived yesterday include the EU Ambassador and UNICEF Country Representative who will be officiating the launching of the WaSH project today.
They were met by the Governor for Eastern Highlands, Peter Numu, Goroka MP, Henry Ame and the senior officers of the Provincial and the Local Level Government.
The WaSH project is the national government’s 2015 policy, managed by the Department of National Planning and Monitoring.
The policy aims to provide safe and sustainable water, sanitation and improve hygiene practices in the underserved rural and urban areas.
Four districts in the country including Goroka in Eastern Highlands was chosen to be the recipient of this Project.
Goroka’s based NGO, Oxfam will be implementing the WASH project in partnership with Goroka District Development Authority.
Goroka District supported the program with two million Kina, while Eastern Highlands Provincial Government will support with five hundred thousand in a period of five-years.