Papua New Guinea
Improving kindergarten facilities for children in Vietnam
SMEC’s donation in Vietnam is in partnership with the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation, a local non-government organisation that offers disadvantaged children and families a chance to turn their lives around. The funding will be used to construct a 20 sqm multipurpose room and a 6 sqm sanitation facility for 34 children at the Ma Lung Hamlet kindergarten in Ha Giang province. The multipurpose room will be provided with kitchenware and furniture whilst the sanitation facility to be built will have separate rooms for boys and girls.
Currently, the kindergarten has only two classrooms, with the kids having to occupy a narrow corridor to have lunch and no proper water system to ensure hygiene for them. Ma Lung Hamlet has around 100 families belonging to the H’mong ethnic minority group in Vietnam.
Raising cancer awareness in Papua New Guinea
The Papua New Guinea donation, was given to the PNG Cancer Foundation (PNGCF) to help in its efforts to reduce the threat and impact of cancer, which has a high prevalence in the country, through education and awareness programs. Called the Healthy Teens School Program (HTSP) and Community Outreach & Prevention Education Program (COPEP), the objective is to educate students and empower individuals to make healthy lifestyle choices in life.
SMEC’s funding will be used to provide logistical support needed for the two programs in six primary schools in Morobe and Madang provinces to be conducted by health educators (doctors and medical students). It is expected to benefit as many as 6,000 students, teachers and community members.
Children at the Ma Lung kindergarten in Vietnam having lunch in the narrow school corridor.
A student answers a questionnaire during a cancer awareness session in Papua New Guinea.
The Tbilisi Development Fund has engaged SMEC to develop the Dighomi floodplain rehabilitation strategy. The Dighomi Floodplain is an area of special conservation interest, which includes riparian forest, protected Otter habitat and other unique flora and fauna ecosystems that have been assessed as critical by the International Finance Corporate Performance Standard.
SMEC has been contracted by Electricidade De Timor-Leste (EDTL) for the role of Project Supervision Consultants for the Power Distribution Modernisation Project in Timor-Leste. Supported by a loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the project aims to assist EDTL in modernising the country’s power distribution system and strengthening institutional capacity.
Geotechnics will play a key role in helping our society achieve a safe, prosperous and sustainable future. Recent droughts have resulted in a need for more dam design and construction. Recent rainfall has resulted in extensive slop failures impacting our roads, rail and urban infrastructure. Energy transformation is driving large scale solar, wind and pumped hydro construction. These projects will all require geotechnical input to future plan for our communities.
Richard Parsons, one of SMEC’s key leaders in Social Value and Engagement is presenting on their technical paper ‘Considering Social Impact Assessment from a public interest perspective - some critical questions’ at the Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand 2023 Impact Assessment Symposium in Canberra.