'Our Rubbish, Our Responsibilty' was the key message used in the annual clean-up, initiated by the World Vision Papua New Guinea's Hanuabada Water and Healthy Life project funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs Trade (MFAT) in Port Moresby on Saturday 30th June, 2018. Over seventeen thousand residents of Hanubada participated in a massive clean-up effort to address solid waste, plastic polution, hygiene and sanitation.
The urban community of Hanubada is located on the northern side of the Port Moresby's Fairfax harbor, which sits on stilts overlooking the harbor. The third annual clean-up involved community residents, including children, families key stakeholders and partners.
A father of three, Willie Gau said that the clean up is one of the important activities that the whole community should appreciate, "I'am thankful that World Vision in leading this initiative to keep my community clean ,and that everyone must appreciate what World Vision is doing", Willie said. Willie said that he was planning to go fishing, but decided to stay back and help his family clean-up their village.
Heather McLeod explained that the project's aim is to improve the health of the indigenuos urban community of Hanuabada. "We are child-focussed and we want to help communities protect the health and well-being of children by ensuring that the environment they live in is clean and safe", said Heather.
Featuring also in the event were live bands, sports and bouncy castles for children for children. A final gathering of participants was staged at the Elevala main stage and important speeches were made by World Vision country director, Heather Mcleod and partners and other key stakeholders.