After three months of planning and digging, juggling studies and community work, the Clean Generation Student Representatives from the University of Goroka in Eastern Highlands Province, finally launched the Well Water Project for Tarabo Lutheran Day High School.
Costing K10 000 in total, the Well Water will provide clean water for an estimated 1 400 students.
The Well Water Project is a much-appreciated gift for the school community since West Okapa, where Tarabo Lutheran High School is located, has a major water problem.
“The only water source that is readily available to the students in this area, are rain water and a little creek that usually dries up during the dry season and water from these sources is not safe to drink.”
“Otherwise, the students have to walk long distances to get water that is clean enough to cook with and drink,” said Clean Generation Representative Ms Joni Babona.
Ms Joni who is the Assistant Project Manager, has been working alongside the Project Manager Mr Mckion Michael and says that the project has been made possible through the CleanGen Innovation Program.
“We applied as a group to the CleanGen Innovation Program, to get funding for this water project.”
“This whole project, from start to finish, was a challenging experience but thanks to individuals like Obeth Singol, the CleanGen Project Grants Officer and the Principal of Tarabo Lutheran High School Mr Johnboy Rakfa, we were able to pull this project off successfully,” said Ms Joni.
The Well Water Project was designed and built to ensure that the water that the students and the school community are using for drinking and cooking is of the best quality.
“There were about 40 students from the university that took the two hour drive out from Goroka to come down here to West Okapa, to dig the well,” said Ms Joni.
Ms Joni said that it took the students two whole weeks to dig a well deep enough for them to source the water away from the local village so as to avoid any sediments getting into the water pump and the pipes in order to avoid any human contamination of the water.
“We were all overwhelmed with a great sense of accomplishment once the project was completed and it was a good feeling to see the students, teachers and Principal, including the District Education Advisor all being thankful for the Well Water Project,” Ms Joni said.
Clean Generation at the University of Goroka is made up of 70 registered students, who are all passionate about driving change by carrying out community projects that encourage youth leadership like the Well Water Project.
They are thankful to the Voice Inc. and the University Administration for their support in carrying out their community projects.