Access to clean water is never taken for granted in rural communities in Vanuatu, with many villages lacking safe, sustainable and secure water supplies. This lack of clean water facilities often leads to poor health which not only affect's a person's body, but their ability to earn, attend to family duties and contribute to society. SANMA and PENAMA provinces have the second and third highest ranking for incidences of health related diseases in Vanuatu. Many of these diseases are preventable through the use of a clean water supply.
The Water, Sanitation, Hygiene Promotion and Resilience Building Project aims to reduce the disease rate in these provinces by providing communities with safe water, sanitary hygiene facilities and training in safe hygiene practices. This project has the potential to change the lives of over 9,000 people!
The key activities for this project include:
- Providing the community with 2,000 latrines to be installed in households, schools and aid posts
- Teaching families about safe water hygiene practices
- Establishing water committees in the villages to encourage safe hygiene practices within the community.
- Integrating disaster risk reduction principles and plans to increase water safety in the event of a disaster.
Through this project, people within the SANMA and PENAMA provinces will have better access to resilient and clean water resources and improved sanitation, lowering the risk of disease significantly. ADRA is now in the process of training individuals from the community to manage and maintain the water and sanitation systems.
The project is also providing villages with disaster risk reduction analysis and planning training to help the communities to be prepared and know how to respond in a safe and sanitary manner. The communities are becoming more resilient to disasters.