What is the Ali Island Project?
The Ali Island Project is a charitable joint venture between the local Ali Island community (based in Sandaun Province, Papua New Guinea), led by Australian volunteers in co-operation with an established Ali Island committee. 100% of all funds raised by the Project go towards improving living conditions for communities in remote PNG.
Objectives of the Ali Island Project
- The development of high quality eco-tourism infrastructure for the Ali Island and Aitape region, generating sustainable sources of income for the island and mainland communities.
- To increase accessibility of the Aitape district and Sandaun Province to those travelling through Papua New Guinea, allowing visitors to experience the remarkable local culture and way of life.
- To provide clean, safe drinking water to the Ali Island community through the establishment of a sustainable rain-water collection and purifying system.
- Establish a medical centre on Ali Island, along with training of local nurses and facilitation of visiting medical professionals to the area, giving access to much needed medicines and treatment for the island communities.
- Implement a sponsorship programme to ensure all Ali Island children have the opportunity for education, despite financial hardship.
- To construct a guest house with accommodation and facilities to cater for needs of tourist and government visitors to the region, with all profits going to the improvement of local community facilities, health and education.
Indirect benefits of the Project
Communities of other adjacent island and mainland communities will benefit from a rise in tourist numbers and business opportunities will grow from visitor activities such as fishing, diving, swimming, trekking and sight-seeing. Aitape and Sandaun province businesses will also benefit through sale of goods and services to visitors.
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