Health
 Fiji
Project #12090

Fresh Drinking Water for Villagers in Fiji

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust
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Summary

In Fiji, access to safe drinking water is limited and water shortages can pose a real threat to daily life and the health of the communities. GVI volunteers have been installing Rainwater Harvesting Systems to help increase the level of drinking water available across several islands across Fiji.
$10,000
total goal
$2,674
remaining
49
donors
1
monthly donor
4
years active

Challenge

The islands often have limited natural water catchment, unpredictable rainfall and dry spells. Villages rely upon a number of different water sources by utilising seasonal wells, boreholes, and rainwater collection. Water shortages are not uncommon in many areas especially during a six-month dry season, from May-October. During periods of drought, the Fiji government has been required to send drinking water to the islands via barge after wells and water tanks run dry.

Solution

The collection of rainwater is a safe and reliable way to source drinking water. Without sufficient collection capacity, appropriate materials, long-term water management plans, system upkeep, filtration, and a system of water reserves, villages become particularly vulnerable to severe water shortages during the dry season. Through the funding of Rainwater Harvesting Systems and awareness programs, rainwater can be utilised as a long-term solution to water shortages.

Long-Term Impact

Since 2011, GVI Volunteers have been able to increase the overall water catchment capacity by over 180,000 litres while carrying out efficiency improvements on a further 250,000 litres. However, there are still many villages that require new systems and water infrastructure improvements to ensure that there is enough water available for daily life. This project continues to increase access to safe, healthy water sources and improve knowledge and appropriate management thereof.

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Organization Information

Global Vision International Charitable Trust

Location: Exeter, Devon - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​www.gvi.org
Project Leader:
Kate Robey
St Albans, Hertfordshire United Kingdom

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