KOROGO PROJECT / clean water for the middle sepik
• distribution of water filters in the East Sepik River Villages to reduce infant mortality
• PROVIDING SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS
The Korogo Project started as a means of reducing infant mortality rates ( a result of mothers giving dehydrated infants, suffering from malaria, dirty water thus causing dysentery and diarrhea ) in the villages by the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea.
An initiative of Paul Greenaway OAM (who lived for many years in Korogo) and Malgosia Schild, in collaboration with Rotary Australia World Community Service, the project has had a very successful beginning with the support of many friends who help the fundraising. in mid 2016 community water filters (Life-straws) reached the villages.
The second stage of the project is just beginning and 14 scholarships have been offered to children wanting to go to high school from Korogo. Education is an important tool for the young people to support and maintain their culture in a country that is facing the many struggles and dangers of our contemporary global hunger for resources which threatens both these ancient cultures and the ecosystem.
To our friends and supporters
In the last 10 days of November a group of seven travelled to the Middle Sepik, in Papua New Guinea to see first hand how effective our Life Straw project is.This was a self funded trip and I thank those who came along and gave so much to the village.
It is with relief and joy that we found all households in Korogo using a family Life Straw unit and reporting that the general health of all had improved. Several other villages received these units but not all villages along the river. We will continue our campaign to extend the reach.
Education is still a great concern, Korogo School only caters for children to grade 8, after that children need to go over the mountain range, between the river and the coast, to Marprick Secondary school and board at the school. For most villagers this is too expensive. We asked students to write a short paper on why they wanted to do further studies, and we awarded 14 scholarships. This too is a project we wish to continue.
While there we decided to start a small library and will send books to the village every three months. We also bought a hand-operated sewing machine and one of the women from the village is now teaching others how to sew children’s clothing. Lastly we purchased 100 Bilums (hand-made string bags) from these women to sell here in Australia to raise further funds.
Thank you to ROTARY Adelaide, and all who have supported this project so far, your contribution is helping to save lives, clean water as we all know is so important.
Paul Greenaway OAM