The main focus for since January 2020 has been the continued construction and completion of composting toilets and supporting platforms for rainwater harvesting systems in Moturiki. Over the last 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 main focus in 2019 has moved towards 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.
The last quarter work has been put on hold due to Covid 19 and restrictions put in place by local government i.e. no inter island travel. The restriction will be lifted by the end of June so planning is now in process to see what areas of work can be continued by the local community.
Moving forward, we will be reviewing what work is a priority and focus our concentration and current funds on these projects. One area will be looking at the next two villages that required water bases built so rainwater harvesting tanks can be installed to help ease some of the health and wellbeing issues that arise due to not having sufficient access to fresh water.
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 the donors and to the charitable trust for their continued support. We look forward to continuing our work with the communities to increase our impact on the water, sanitation and hygiene facilities available to the villages of Moturiki.
A huge Vinaka Vakalevu from the team here on Caqalai!
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