Community Development Programs

  Lighting Up The Track

Kids with solar lightsThe Kokoda Track Foundation delivers solar lights – to date this has been a total of 4,500 lights - one for every adult along the track! Solar lighting has enormous benefits for communities and helps to alleviate poverty, improve health, and enhance educational opportunities for young children. Communities have been given a vital source of light that is changing lives. >> Read more here >>

Kou Kou Community Hall

Koukou Community HallWith a team of volunteers, we built a Community Hall in the village of Kou Kou. The community hall is being used for a range of purposes including a homework club for students, a travelling and outreach library, a pre-school class and a venue for teacher training and microbusiness training. We continue to use the hall to train and graduate new elementary teachers until the completion of the Kokoda College. >> Find out more about the Koko Community Hall >>

Village Agriculture and Food Security Projects

Zuccini from agricultureThis year we are continuing our agriculture and food security projects that assist local communities with restarting their food gardens. After natural disasters, our teams distribute improved and more robust crop varieties and conduct training with villagers that enable them to grow food in water-logged soil. They are targeted at areas that are flood prone >> Read more about our agriculture projects >>

Disaster Relief

disaster reliefWe also respond to disasters as they happen in our catchment areas including flooding and cyclones in the volatile Oro Province. In January last year, we responded to severe flooding that submerged the food gardens of thousands of villagers. We arrange the delivery of rice and tinned fish to hundreds of villages during the crucial periods when their food gardens are submerged and can't be accessed. >> Read about how we respond to disasters >>

Clean Water Infrastructure

Clean Zater InfrastructureThe Kokoda Track Foundation knows that access to clean water is a top development priority for the communities that we work with. While clean water is easily obtainable in the mountainous parts of the track, other areas in Oro Province on the Northern Beaches and around Kokoda Station only have access to contaminated sources. We've been working with communities to change this by installing 'tuffa' rainwater tanks in Buna and Kou Kou Village. >> Read about our clean water initiatives >>

Krappers For Kokoda

krappers for KokodaThe “Krappers for Kokoda” project installs eco-toilets in schools and villages along the Kokoda Track. We've installed 6 eco-toilets in 3 primary schools - Manari, Efogi and Kavovo. These toilets protect the waterways and provide children and teachers with an improved sanitation facility. They also provide gender-specific sanitation options for children at the schools. >> Read more about Krappers >>

 

Sustainable Tourism Plan

Plane for touristsImmediately following the formation of the Kokoda Track Foundation, we funded and prepared a Strategic Plan for Tourism for the Kokoda Track. The plan focuses on the environmental, economic, social and cultural aspects of tourism development. We now partner with key groups to ensure appropriate implementation of the plan and to ensure that local communities benefit from the growing trekking industry. >> Click here to read more >>