• Manly Rotary Member Stephen Russell has been awarded a Companion of Rotary Health award that was presented by Terry Kennedy. Well done, Stephen.
DISTRICT ASSEMBLY
 
  • Maggie spoke about the inspirational speech from Nick Farr Jones AM at District Assembly and his message of spirit.
     
  • Enza spoke about this year's focus for District Assembly on engaging with the Indigenous community. This is a good reminder for Manly Rotary to continue working closely with Clontarf Foundation.
GUEST SPEAKER - LYNNE SHORI
 
Lynne gave a brief presentation on the need for clean water in Papua New Guinea.
 
President Maggie's Background and introduction:
 
Today in PNG less than 10% of people are formally employed.  84% of people continue to live in remote, rural areas in predominantly traditional style housing which lack running water, electricity, plumbing.  It is still the case that most PNG people defecate in the open in the bush or over reefs and with high population growth, the health concerns are mounting.
Despite water and sanitation being prioritised by the PNG government and development organisations, there are 3 reasons why big leaps in sanitation – not baby steps - are needed now:
  1. Health:  The common practice of open-defecation increases the risk of contamination of groundwater and streams which most people continue to rely upon for drinking and washing.  This underpins PNG’s continued ranking amongst the worlds worst on health outcomes as measured by the UN Human Development Index. 
  2. Gender equity: a lack of toilets means young girls will absent themselves from school when menstruating.  Lower attendance translates to lower academic achievement, lower economic outcomes, poorer social outcomes and entrenched gender inequality.
  3. Current methods are failing the PNG people: Wateraid, is a large NGO (funded by DFAT).  In 2014 they reported bringing water and sanitation to 2800 people in PNG at a cost of $1.2m.  At this rate, it will take 2656 years to cover all of PNG and at a huge cost to the Australian taxpayer.
Clearly faster and more cost effective solutions must be found.  One approach gaining acceptance involves the training, equipping and engaging locals – who then train others – to collectively solve the challenges faced.
Recently, Friends Of Rambutso (FOR) used this approach to successfully run a woodwork without nails workshop with 5 villages in Rambutso in Manus Province, PNG.  It resulted in the Provincial Government offering to pay the Rambutso workshop participants to share their skills with all other Manus communities and confirmed support for the train the trainer model.
Rambutso community leaders have identified sanitation as a top 3 priorities and want to partner with FOR to deliver culturally and environmental suitable toilets using a train the trainer approach. 
Project Opportunity
FOR intends to run a workshop teaching all 12 villages how to build and maintain suitable composting toilets.  At the conclusion, workshop participants will be required to train others and successfully build a toilet for women in their village.  Upon doing so, they will receive materials enabling further toilets to be built.  In total, local teams will build 24 toilets  in 12 villages. 
By funding just 2 toilets for each of Rambutsos 12 villages, this project delivers sanitation to more people than Wateraid in 2014 at an estimated one tenth of the cost.
FOR will help broker an agreement so that the original Rambutso workshop participants can be hired by the Provincial Government to share their skills with all other Manus communities.  In this way, an initial focus on toilets for Rambutso (6% of the provincial population) is leveraged to achieve 100% coverage of the province. 
 
Very little happens at a province wide level in PNG: this would be a major achievement.