Kramer Ausenco staff were among the thousands of people and business houses who helped clean-up Hanuabada in Port Moresby on Saturday June 30, 2018, in a World Vision initiative to address solid waste and plastic pollution in the village.
More than 17,000 residents of the village supported by employees and their families and friends from business houses in the city, participated in the annual event under World Vision’s Hanuabada Water and Healthy Life Project.
Rovaly Sike, Kramer Ausenco Regional Manager for Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, said; “One of Kramer Ausenco’s values is respecting the community and environment. In our work we aim to deliver sustainable solutions for a cleaner environment. On a personal level, we take ownership of the challenges in the communities we live in and share in the responsibility of addressing them.”
Hanuabada is the largest community of indigenous Motu people in urban Port Moresby, close to the central business district. There are no sanitation services for the stilt houses, and raw sewage is discharged directly into the estuary from ‘hanging latrines’ in each of the households. This poses major threats to the health of the villagers and is exacerbated by poor sanitation and hygiene practices.
Within the framework of the Government of Papua New Guinea’s National WASH Policy in 2015, World Vision, with support from the New Zealand Government is implementing the Hanuabada Water and Healthy Life Project (Ranu Bona Mauri Namona Gaukarana). The project aims to improve the health of more than 17,950 people (2,500 households) over a four-year period, by increasing access to safe drinking water, improving hygiene and sanitation.
Using the government’s Healthy Island Concept, World Vision is working with existing government and community resources to address solid waste, water supply, hygiene behaviours and sanitation infrastructure. The yearly clean-up is a demonstration of collective action at the community level.
Mr Sike said teamwork is an important part of the Kramer Ausenco culture, and the company’s involvement in the activity allowed for communication and cooperation between all stakeholders, and amongst the KA PNG team.