The ongoing struggle

The struggle of access to basic services in rural communities and villages has been an ongoing matter throughout the country.

Essentials such as clean water supply, electricity and sanitation is a privilege that villagers in many parts of Papua New Guinea are yet to experience.

This is a sad reality in Imaugoro village, Central Province, as villagers struggle each day to walk miles to fetch clean water for drinking and cooking.

During the launching of the sustainable development program under climate change and EU-GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), local women dramatised their struggles.

The drama told of how the people of the village had first struggled to settle in – and how water was one of the biggest challenges.

But most importantly, it illustrated the stereotypical roles of men and women in society, where the mindset still exists today.

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Imelda Wavik