Projects to improve women, girls’ lives

Water, sanitation and literacy are some of the key issues that need immediate attention in terms of improving lives of locals, especially women and girls, in Kavieng, New Ireland Province.

Through this objective, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) rolled out projects in 9 local level governments in Kavieng district, including coastal areas.

In most communities throughout Papua New Guinea, women and girls perform the traditional role of collecting water for drinking, cooking and cleaning; this project will provide new water wells as well as ventilated toilet systems for women and girls who walk long distances to collect water.

This is for better overall health and hygiene and will also make it possible for girls to spend more time on education and other activities for women, like income generation.

One of the projects under ADRA is the adult literacy program. This program includes a new curriculum that involves teachings on social inclusion, particularly on family violence and women’s and children’s rights.

These projects were developed closely with the local community, which identified the key issues that affect livelihoods of their villages, particularly for women and girls.

Imelda Wavik