The Paul Pholeros Foundation supports projects that expose young and creative minds to the issues affecting the living conditions of poor and struggling communities.

PPF Fellowship

The Paul Pholeros Foundation Fellowship provides an opportunity for a plumbing team – plumber and architect – to work with their local counterparts on a sanitation project in Nepal.  The duration of stay in Nepal is one month. The team lives locally near the project site and contributes to skills improvement of local teams, while at the same time learning about the life and culture of the people in this amazing country.

Due to the impact of the COVID pandemic the annual Fellowship will resume once international travel will be safe again. You can read about the Fellowship 2019 team’s project, a very special dedication to Paul.

Design Competition and Portable Hand Washing

The Fellowship could not be offered in 2020/2021, so the PPF established a design competition to challenge young and creative minds. The COVID pandemic has emphasised the importance of hand hygiene, and many schools in Nepal now require students to wash their hands before entering their classroom.

The aim of the competition was to design a portable, packable and durable hand washing unit for use in locations in Nepal with difficult access to clean running water.

Portable Hand Wash Unit Development

The PPF technical judging team worked with Taylor Springthorpe, the competition’s winner, to refine the unit’s design in preparation for trialling and evaluation in Nepal.  This will commence in late 2021-early 2022.


The PPF is developing a Paul Pholeros Architecture Scholarship, based in Australia, for recently graduated architects.  The aim of the Scholarship is to nurture the exploration of issues for which they have a passion, and which will contribute to improvements in the health and living conditions of our society.