Papua New Guinea Water Project

Country or Countries Where Challenge Takes Place: 


In 2010, approximately 3,000 families in Papua New Guinea were displaced by a new Liquid Natural Gas extraction operation installed by Exxon Mobil.

The extraction operation displaced four distinct tribes, each with their own unique culture and traditions.  These four communities families are now living together in an open encampment just outside of Port Moresby, without access to clean water, sanitation, power, or adequate shelter.

These permanently displaced peoples have been living in very difficult conditions: cholera and other diseases are common in the camp, and they are subsisting on less than one Liter of water per day, which is taken from a polluted stream.

Clement Kanau, a politician responsible for the territory where the refugees are now living, invited M-CAM to help create a water utility project so that the families may improve their access to clean drinking water for drinking, cooking, cleaning, washing, and agriculture.

M-CAM has been invited to Papua New Guinea several times in the past few years on missions of conflict resolution, disabling exploitative mining practices and cultural preservation. 


While the first wave of the project is to create a village Water Utility, later phases of the project will involve sanitation, shelter, power, a school, and communications infrastructure.  Interested in partnering up?  Contact us @ 


Distinct from traditional development work, this project:

o       Uses innovative financial trusts and a utility pay-back scheme that creates alignment between users and other stakeholders to govern, maintain and upgrade any infrastructure

o       Is designed to be self-replicating: The seeds for another similar project is built into the structure of the Water Utility community agreement and financial agreement 

o       Will be designed leverage, support and preserve local knowledge, custom and culture 

o       Will create sustainable infrastructure, and, ultimately, a thriving and self-sustaining community for this permanently displaced community

o       Shall be documented in great detail online so as to allow wide distribution of the replicable models we create throughout the world


Community Planning of Future Project Phases

In the next visit to the community, our group will bring an image-heavy presentation of future possibilities for cultural, industrial, and infrastructure projects. In discussion with the community about their needs, we can design, in conjunction with the community, further iterations of the project. We will bring the “paints” and together we will co-create a picture of what the community may look like. 


Integral Accounting Audit

An important part of the community engagement on the next trip will be a full Integral Accounting Audit of the community and its resources so that we could come to a clear shared understanding of what the community has in abundance, and the orthoganalities available.  

The current Challenge description will grow and we will be putting out more data and links to a site as we move forward.  This introduction is preliminary as a group of collaborators and community attract to act.

Water, land, fertile soil, grasses, trees
Custom & Culture: 
Displaced communities, custom, highland traditions, organization, elders
Site/property design/layout, water depth, gravity usage, technology implementation
From project contributors, crops, market exchange
Windmill, well drilling technology, piping/distribution, holding tanks, Satellite imagery, photography, video, storytelling
Currently negative health conditions, aiming for improved health conditions. Currently organized in a displaced persons community, relocating to a community managed property. Healing, cultural rebirth, sharing, stewardship