Gudpela Sindaun literally means “the good sit-down” : the good life. This programme engages entire communities to secure local ownership: young men (in the building) and women (in the catering and support roles). Young men are reconnected to elders who pass on traditional skills (weaving, bamboo sourcing) and western skills (carpentry, plumbing). A train the trainer approach delivers scalability.
When many communities are engaged in this process – solving the problem themselves - the widening sanitation gap in PNG can be closed. Fast.
Embedding into the programme pathways to employment for youth gives hope and removes the primary cause of the social issues: disengagement.
Through innovative programme design and selection of environmentally sound technology, Gudpela Sindaun programme is delivering 16 of 17 UN SDGs.