The Kokoda Track Foundation was established in 2003 in recognition of the assistance given to Australian Diggers during the Pacific War, from 1942 to 1945 by the people of Papua New Guinea, including the ‘Fuzzy-Wuzzy Angels’ - the Kioari and Orokaivean people living along the Kokoda Track. The Foundation aims to promote education, health and sporting initiatives designed to enhance the well-being, future and enjoyment of the local communities living along the Kokoda Track.
These initiatives include:
Instillation of Eco-Toilets at strategic environmentally sensitive points along the Kokoda Track.
Support for health, education and sporting initiatives in partnership with the PNG Government and its services
Active participation and involvement of the local communities along the Track in all initiatives
Support of self-sustaining eco-friendly tourism industry that benefits the people along the Track
Liaison with other associations or entities that support or further these objectives
Javith and the Eco Toilet
In 2008, the No Roads Expeditions Foundation began the installation of the first eco-toilet along the Kokoda Track. This toilet at Kagi Village has now become one of 5. The toilets themselves serve a dual purpose: - To protect the fragile and pristine water system from the excess uses of tourism - To provide trekkers with a far more enjoyable toilet experience
Toilets to date can be found at Kagi, Menari, Vuale Creek, Ofi Creek and Augologo Camp.
The management of this project was handed over to the KTF in 2010 from the No Roads Expeditions Foundation. In 2011, another 7 new toilets will be installed along the Track.
In 2012, the No Roads Expeditions Foundation will take lessons learnt from the Kokoda experience and install the first eco-toilet on Mt Rinjani, Indonesia.
No Roads Expeditions offers trips along the Kokoda Track to help us install these toilets. In 2011, No Roads Expeditions is running 1 trip in July, where trekkers will place into commission an eco-toilet at Isurava Battlefield. If you are interested in being part of this great project, check out the Eco-Toilet Community Project trip here.