West Papuan Development Company (WPDC) is a registered Australian charity supported entirely by volunteers. We are administered according to Australian charity standards alongside our local partner LEMAK (Water of Life Organisation), our partner organisation based on the ground in Papua. WPDC works only with local West Papuan teams, and prioritises the empowerment of local indigenous people in all its projects. WPDC is also an approved partner organisation of World Relief Australia.
LEMAK is a Papuan grassroots organisation with trained administrative and on the ground staff. The LEMAK team members have been trained to certificate standard in Papua New Guinea in well construction.
Our logo is a representation of the traditional Noken bag that is still crafted in many Papuan communities. Woven out of bark or leaves, these intricate bags are used for all manner of tasks in Papua, carrying everything from firewood to vegetables to infants.
We chose the Noken as an emblem of our commitment to working solely with local partners and benefiting from their expertise in community development. We practise a grassroots approach to development, grounded in local ownership and consultation throughout the entire process, from the beginning steps of site selection right up until the finishing touches of well construction.