Consider your company sponsoring a specific project Below is an actual funding proposal to a WaterAid corporate partner to support a schools project in the Eastern Highlands region of Papua New Guinea. Background WaterAid has been working in Papua New Guinea since 2005. PNG faces many development challenges. The majority of PNG’s population of 6.8 million people live in small remote communities with limited or no road access, relying on subsistence farming for their livelihood. Education levels are low, and access to clean drinking water is an issue for over half the population – with rural communities much worse off than those in urban areas. As a consequence, many people suffer preventable diseases such as diarrhoea, which are linked with poor sanitary practices and lack of clean water. For example, around 2100 children under 5 die each year in PNG from diarrhoea. This WaterAid project works with schools because children are not only among the most vulnerable to diseases but are also are quick to take on new ideas and take them home to their families. Background on current situation Papua New Guinea ranks among the bottom 10 nations worldwide for access to clean, safe water and sanitation, and its health indicators have decreased rather than improved in recent years. Defecation is normally outdoors in wooded areas, or in very basic and unhygienic concrete slab pit latrines. Discussion of defecation is sensitive and in some cases taboo in PNG. Most schools have been constructed without appropriate water and sanitation services. Many students cannot attend school due to diarrhoea and students are sent home when the limited school water supplies run out. Project partners / community involvement WaterAid will work with with a long-term local partner, ATprojects, on this project. ATprojects aims to enable rural people to develop and use skills and appropriate technologies that give them more control over their lives and contribute to the sustainable development of their communities. WaterAid supports ATprojects through funding, by providing advice and sharing resources, and providing monitoring and evaluation advice. The schoolchildren will be involved in construction of the facilities in appropriate ways (eg collecting plant-based materials for the walls and roof, and undertaking light construction work), and their parents’ involvement is also encouraged. Local materials are used in the construction of the facilities. Project cost $AUD 28,325 What’s covered in project cost The total cost of providing water, sanitation and hygiene education to one school in Papua New Guinea’s Eastern Highlands Province is $28,325. This includes installing 6 toilets, a tank-based water supply, and one female shower; running educational workshops for students and teachers, and monitoring and evaluation of the project. Project objective, aims and outcomes This WaterAid project aims to ensure that all children at this rural school have adequate access to toilets, and clean water for hand-washing and drinking. Currently, most schools in Papua New Guinea are built without toilets. Without these facilities, students go to the toilet in the bushes – without privacy, and without any way to wash their hands afterwards. Hygiene promotion, including hand-washing with soap, has been shown to be one of the most effective ways of reducing diarrhoea, which is the second-largest cause of child deaths globally. The current setup poses a particular problem for girls. Lack of adequate privacy and sanitation means girls are less likely to attend school while menstruating, and may drop out of school altogether due to the stigma and humiliation. Expected outcomes include: Completed facilities for the school Completed scheduled education sessions for students and teachers Expected longer-term outcomes: Improved health among students Better overall attendance and retention rate (especially among female students) If your company would be interested in sponsoring a project similar to this one, please contact our Corporate Relations Manager who would be happy to discuss this with you.