providing safe drinking water

West Papuan Development Company

Build a Well Charity

West Papuan Development Company (WPDC) is a registered Australian charity supported entirely by volunteers. They partner with the organisation LEMAK (Water of Life Organisation), based in West Papua, which forms part of Indonesia. LEMAK’s ground staff are certified in well construction and are experienced in community collaboration, through engaging local villages in the planning, construction and maintenance of the wells.

WPDC and LEMAK employ a hand-dug well model, with transportable fibreglass moulds.

Steps To Funding A Water Project

Once you have chosen your project or you would like to know more about your selected project:

1. Check the charity registration details on the Australian Charities Registration and make sure registration is in order and up to date.

2. Check the charity ABN registration and DGR tax deduction status on the Australian Taxation Office link below. Note that for tax deductibility to WPDF projects you must organise payments through their partner, World Relief Australia. 

3. Contact SHELLEY HOUGHTON by telephone or email listed below to discuss the following:

3a. Mention that you found their project through this site and ask for a more detailed description of their organisation and their approach.

3b. Ask if the project is still current and about any changes to the listing information that may have occurred.

3c. Ask about any changes to the project cost.

3d. Confirm the payment method and options. (A Bank transfer is usually the preferred method, as it eliminates transfer charges). Please note that if you require a tax deduction you will need to organise payment through their partner, World Relief Australia. If you require a tax deductions for a WPDC projects, you must organise payments through the WRA donation page.

3e. Confirm timeframe of the project.

3f. Confirm the communication you will receive at the different stages of the project.

4. Confirm that you are happy with the organisation based on our  Nine Core Strengths of A Good Water Charity.

5. Organise payment.

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430 Henderson Dr, Pin Gin Hill, Queensland, 4860 (Operational office address)

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