Simon* spent his entire life not knowing how to read or do basic math. When he went to sell his crops at the market, he was routinely taken advantage of. As society modernised and progressed all around him, Simon was left behind.
Livelihood, Health and Disaster Management
Ever since I was a child we have always used the river for our drinking, bathing, washing, cooking and even to bathe our animals. Water is collected for our farms and would be brought to our homes stored in the drums for household use. This day is a memorable one for me and the community.
David Silas is one of the oldest men in his village and throughout his life has witnessed great devastation a lack of clean water can cause. Underground wells have been the only source of water for people in this village for over forty years.
Deep in Vanuatu’s rural PENAMA Province, hidden between a forest of trees lays a small rippling stream. Throughout the day, many animals pass; wild cats and dogs cool down from the heat while cows drink from the stream.
It’s just a short 4 hour flight from Auckland, but it really is another world away. I’m in Lenakel Village on Tanna Island in Vanuatu where not only is there no power or water, there are no formed roads and our 4×4 had to drive through farm paddocks to get here.