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Labu Talec Community Celebrates Water Supply

A village in the Wampar Local Level Government of Huon District in Morobe Province will now have access to clean and fresh water.

Labu Talec community yesterday launched their water supply project that took two weeks to construct.

The project was funded by US AID and International Organization for Migration, with the logistic support from Morobe Provincial Disaster Office.

The women of Labu Talec village of Wampar LLG used to travel by canoe to a distance of 100 metres, then make another 60-metre trek up a mountain before they reach clean running water for cooking, drinking and washing.

Female primary school students would often skip classes in order to help their mothers fetch water, risking themselves from crocodile attacks and other hazards.

After two weeks of collective community effort, this peaceful village that lies north east of Lae City will have access to clean and fresh water.

The water supply project was an initiative of the community, brought to the attention of the International Organization for Migration and the Morobe Provincial Disaster Office.

The project was funded by USAID to a cost of K31,000 and was implemented by IOM and community members in a space of two weeks.

Ben Hemingway, an officer from US AID office of Foreign Disaster Assistance says, the intention of the program is to identify, prioritise and address the risks to their communities.

Wonesai Sitole, the Director for IOM in PNG says, their main object to is build community resilience by identifying areas that are affected by natural disasters.

Sitole said the village is one of the few communities in PNG that is preparing for disaster risk reduction.

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