“Oro Water tanks Project - Rotary provides aid to the Forgotten people of Oro Province“
Story by Glen Beauchamp from Rotary International
The initial project is to provide replacement water tanks to communities devastated by Guba thereby providing clean safe drinking and cooking water. Other projects in hand include donations in kind whereby recovered and serviceable second hand items such as school desks, fittings and books are being shipped from Sydney to PNG. It should be noted that a number of schools have still to be replaced in Oro. It is planned that the water tanks project will continue for another two more phases but this will depend on the generosity of Rotary Clubs in District 9750 to donate funds to the project.
The video shows a team of volunteers from the local villages transporting one of the 17 recently provided tanks to upper coastal villages in the Oro province.For this operation, the tanks were transported by dinghy to the villages and carried by hand from the nearby beaches.
The villagers were responsible for the preparation of the tank bases , their carriage from Oro Bay to their villages and connection to the housing downpipes.
In the field, the project is being supervised by Bishop Denys Ririka of the Anglican Church of PNG on behalf of our host partner the Rotary Club of Goroka.