Many people suffer from stomach aches, diarrhoea and rashes from water they rely on to sustain them every day.

  PHOTO: YWAM

  PHOTO: YWAM

Martin Brezger and Madeleine Brezger joined the MV YWAM PNG medical ship on a two-week outreach to visit the villages along the rivers and learn more about the villagers' lives and the quality of the water they have access to. The water source they use every day for drinking and washing is not only lacking in quality but in most cases is not even sufficient to last for all the families all year round.

As a first step we installed a solar-powered reverse osmosis unit on the ship, which is being used for the patients and volunteers serving on board. In the future it can be used for training purposes.

It is Moerk’s mission and desire to bring solutions to these communities to ensure access to safe and healthy drinking water. Together with YWAM Medical Ships and the Papua New Guinean Government we intend to fulfill that vision.

Martin Brezger conducts river water tests with a tribal leader.       PHOTO: Madeleine Brezger

Martin Brezger conducts river water tests with a tribal leader.       PHOTO: Madeleine Brezger

Walking with villagers to listen to their stories and inspect the bush drinking well. PHOTO: Madeleine Brezger

Walking with villagers to listen to their stories and inspect the bush drinking well.
PHOTO: Madeleine Brezger

Together with the local villagers, Martin tests the water quality of the bush well. PHOTO: Madeleine Brezger

Together with the local villagers, Martin tests the water quality of the bush well.
PHOTO: Madeleine Brezger

The water available for the local children is not safe to drink. 
It causes skin conditions and other diseases.

Our research will bring them a safe, clean water supply
well into the future
that will remain robust under
the effects of climate change and natural disasters.

The village's rain water catchment, one of the main sources for its drinking water.  PHOTO: Madeleine Brezge

The village's rain water catchment, one of the main sources for its drinking water. 
PHOTO: Madeleine Brezge

Derik van Staden, the ship's technician, tests the reverse osmosis unit we installed on MV YWAM PNG. It is currently being used to provide the patients and volunteers on the ship with fresh drinking water. In the future it will also be used for training purposes.                                                PHOTO: YWAM

Derik van Staden, the ship's technician, tests the reverse osmosis unit we installed on MV YWAM PNG. It is currently being used to provide the patients and volunteers on the ship with fresh drinking water. In the future it will also be used for training purposes.                                               
PHOTO: YWAM

Dinner with the captain.
(from left) Pastor Joseph Walters; 
Mr Eddie Pfeiffer, German Hon Consul; 
 Mr Warren, businessman; 
Ms Jeana Wiemeyer, Ship Manager; 
Captain Jeremy Schierer; 
Ms Madeleine Brezger, Moerk Water; 
 Mr Martin Brezger, Director Moerk Water; 
Mr Francis Puringi; Chief Joseph Lapa; 
Mrs Mary Pandea Puringi.  

PHOTO: Madeleine Brezger


Onboard, Port Moresby.
(from left) Mr Francis Puringi; Ms Madeleine Brezger, Moerk Water; Ms Mary Pandea Puringi; Pastor Joseph Walters; Captain Jeremy Schierer, MV YWAM PNG; Mr Joseph Lapa, clan chief from Francis’ village; Mr Leo Kulumbu, Deputy Secretaryf or Community Development; Mr Martin Brezger, Moerk Water.

The team from Water PNG - Mr Willie Wari, Mr Kenneth Zale, Mr Pius Palma, Ms Lorna Vagi and others who joined us during the day - came aboard to see the work first-hand. Martin and Madeleine Brezger (Moerk Water) gave a presentation about Moerk Water’s work and the new solar-powered treatment plant; and Ben Kurylowicz (Community Engagement in PNG for the YWAM Medical Ship) gave a tour of the ship.                                                                                       PHOTOS: Madeleine Brezger