Changemaker: Kim Allen
Country of Implementation: Papua New Guinea
Limited to zero access to clean water on Tubetube island in Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea has always
affected over 500 people. The impact of sea level rise causes saltwater intrusion into dug out water
wells along the coast resulting in skin infections and stomach aches.
There is a potential to source spring water up in the mountain however challenging given the distance
and the limited resources to build a proper water supply. To address the challenge of clean water and
sanitation, the Global Changemakers is assisting the Tubetube community with over 500 people to build
a water dam and connect water pipes from the water dam down to the village through the ‘Tubetube
Community Water Dam’ project led by Kim Allen. With funding support from the Global Changemakers
through its community grants program, the Tubetube community were able to purchase materials
including water pipes and cement to build the water dam upstream and supply the water using gravity
flow down to the village for the people to have access to clean drinking water.