| Nov 12, 2019
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Moturiki
Up until the past two years, GVI Fiji Caqalai has concentrated mostly on conducting management workshops, and education surrounding hygiene and sanitation topics. A need for action is highlighted by recent devastating outbreaks of typhoid in the area, in addition to the effect of severe droughts seen in recent years. Our focus in 2019 has extended to construction-based activities in Moturiki, to decrease the risk of health issues resulting from lack of freshwater availability. This has included work on the installation of rainwater harvesting systems and composting toilets.
During the last quarter, the work on the composting toilet in Daku has continued and has been completed in recent weeks by a local carpenter from the nearby village of Nasesara, along with help from our dedicated volunteers. There are plans to paint the building in the near future. There has also been a steady effort directed towards the construction of additional cement platforms, integral to the longevity of rainwater harvesting systems to be put in place. Two have been completed in the last quarter in the village of Navuti. This was thanks to the fundraising done in the earlier parts of the year, and the many hours of labour carried out by the volunteers and the people of Moturiki.
Going forward, we are looking to push the number of cement supports we build per quarter which will increase the impact we are having on the availability of freshwater to the people who live in the villages of Moturiki. In order to do so, we will need to apply to the GVI Charitable Trust for funding for cement and wood for construction, and wages for specialised labour. Continued support for these projects will allow the people living on Moturiki to access communal, safe drinking water, in lieu of the completion of the reservoir project which will bring fresh water into individual homes.
Work has continued on this project during the last 6 weeks, utilising funds from earlier in the year to provide sustenance for the workers. The trench, being dug to accommodate the pipeline that will eventually bring fresh water to Moturiki from the neighbouring island of Ovalau. There has been 3km excavated to date, with around 2km more required to reach the planned site of the reservoir. During this next quarter, we will be looking to apply to the Fiji Caqalai Water Fund for further resources to allow us to supplement governmental funding, and provide food for the labourers.
The work undertaken during the quarter has added to our progression towards UN Sustainable Development Goals 3 (Good Health and Well-being) and 6 (Clean water and Sanitation).
As always, a huge thanks to all donors and to the GVI Trust for their continued support!
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