Health
 Fiji
Project #12090

Fresh Drinking Water for Villagers in Fiji

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust
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Promoting hand washing and hygiene
Promoting hand washing and hygiene

Dear Supporters, 

We are pleased to let you know that we have used your donations to replace two water tanks that were damaged beyond repair during the recent Cyclone Winston. We endeavored to repair as many tanks as possible, but 2 were beyond repair so have been replaced.

But today we would like to update you about our WASH initiative since Cyclone Winston.

Greater access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene after a disaster has hit, can lessen the impact of diarrhea outbreaks, and reduce the burden of morbidity and mortality associated with faecal-oral infections which often increase in incidence following a natural or man-made disaster.

In some emergencies and post-emergency situations, diarrhea can be responsible for the majority of deaths. Realizing the importance of providing access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene during this time, and ensuring the spread of disease needs to be accompanied by encouraging hygiene promotion and working and clean sanitation facilities. 

Since the devastating effects of cyclone Winston, GVI Fiji have interacted with over 639 people, including nearly all the children, in the Dawasamu District, relying on the previous relationships built up within the community to effectively assist post- disaster and promote the effective provision of WASH facilities and awareness

Following TC Winston, GVI Fiji have worked on, and are continuing to assist with: 

  • Resupplying village and settlements with basic hygiene necessities, and regularly checking in with each villages to assess requirements. Overall GVI have supplied 193 soap bars, 65 packs of mosquito coils, 60 kerosene lamps with fuel, 19 bottles of bleach
  • Carried out repairs to 8 cyclone-damaged rainwater harvesting systems, thus increasing access to safe drinkingwater.
  • Inspected the functionality of toilets, ensuring there is 1 toilet to 50 people (the WHO maximum ratio in emergencies) - most of the district had enough functioning toilets – but following the inspections GVI Fiji purchased the materials to repair two affected flush toilets.
  • Installed 4 Hand washing stations (i.e., Happy Taps) in an effort to increase access to safe hand-washing facilities in areas without working taps, mainly near the kitchen or next to toilets. As well as ensuring safe water is in sufficient quantity for regular hand washing to be achieved, GVI has ensured the availability of soap, using a soap on a rope and the delivery of soap to all households in the district.
  • Supplied 45 UNICEF Emergency WASH posters in Fijian to homes throughout district.

Following TC Winston GVI Fiji have promoted safe WASH practices though:

  • Carrying out hygiene promotion strategies to encourage hand washing with soap and other hygienic behavior practices.
  • Developed a WASH presentation that is delivered to children of all ages, small adult groups and during house-to-house visits. These presentations proved to be successful, and already women are asking for advice regarding health and hygiene.
  • Engaged children in a hand washing song, and playing hand games with glitter to depict how germs spread.
  • Provided adults with the WASH presentation and showed a video to highlighting the way cholera is spread; stressing the likelihood of disease transmission after a disaster and encouraging hand washing with soap, listing all the appropriate times.
  • Discussed water safety, the need for boiling and the ease of using the SODIS method (Solar Disinfection - clear water bottles filled with water shaken with air bubbles and placed on tin roofing to absorb the sun’s UV rays) as an effective way method to purifywater.
  • Assisted and encouraged water supply maintenance and cleaning, with rain water harvesting tanks being checked for any open piping and covered with mesh to stop the tank from any foreign objects falling in from theoutside.

Following the aftermath of Cyclone Winston, GVI will continue to check into each village in the Dawasamu District, inquiring about the health of the village and their sanitary and water needs. GVI understand the need to address sanitation, hygiene and access to water within each village and settlement, and believe the communities have been working hard to stop the spread of disease while they go through this difficult time.

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. 

With Gratitude, 

GVI FIJI

 

Learning about hygiene and the spread of germs
Learning about hygiene and the spread of germs

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One of the tanks blew 400 m away
One of the tanks blew 400 m away

Dear Supporter, 

On the 20th and 21st of February a massive Tropical Cyclone, dubbed Cyclone Winston, hit the island nation of Fiji. It has cut a massive path of destruction across Fiji. Winds were gusting up to 200miles an hour and waves were over the height of the coastal houses. Cyclone Winston blew off roofs, took down walls, uprooted trees, snapped power lines like matchsticks and leaf a huge number of people with absolutely nothing. 

Winds were gusting up to 200miles an hour and waves were over the height of the coastal houses. Cyclone Winston blew off roofs, took down walls, uprooted trees, snapped power lines like matchsticks and leaf a huge number of people with absolutely nothing. 

The villages that we work in in the Dawasamu District have suffered greatly and most of their homes have been completely destroyed. The destructive force did not leave the precious rainwater tanks alone- a lot of them have been very badly damaged. 

We have managed to recover some of them and we will assess what repairs can be done and which tanks can be reconnected. We have also purchased water purification filters and tablets so that we can try and prevent the consumption of potentially harmful water. 

A huge priority for the team at the moment is to promote safe WASH practice to help prevent the risk of illness and disease.  We have also been working with the children to promote the importance of hand washing. 

In the coming months there is a lot of work ahead of us, one of which will be to properly access the water situation. We will keep you posted. 

With Gratitude, 

GVI Fiji

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The new toilet block
The new toilet block

Dear Supporter, 

As part of our wider water project here in Fiji we have been woking on installing composting toilets. Global Vision International (GVI) in partnership with Australian Access to Quality Education Program (AQEP) have successfully handed over six compost toilets to Ratu Meli Memorial School (RMMS). The handover was formally presented to RMMS Headmaster

Global Vision International (GVI) in partnership with Australian Access to Quality Education Program (AQEP) have successfully handed over six compost toilets to Ratu Meli Memorial School (RMMS). The handover was formally presented to RMMS Headmaster Mr Sekope and the School Committee in November 2015.

Located on Nacula, in the Northern Yasawa Islands, the school is prone to drought and relies on rainwater as the primary source of fresh water. RMMS has 115 students, of which 54 are borders. GVI previously installed a single compost toilet unit in 2013 on the school grounds to ensure that the students had access to toilet facilities during the dry season. Unfortunately, during a recent bush fire, this composting toilet was destroyed. Since then the children have relied on three pit toilets in the school’s compound. These pit toilets were full and still in use, risking the spread of harmful communicable diseases.

As per the initial agreement, 2 compost toilet blocks were constructed at different sites within the school compound. The four-block structure is located behind the school assembly hall and the additional two-block structure is located near the boarding dormitories for easy access for the large number of students who board at the school. In addition to the compost toilet construction, the team also carried out repairs to water pipes between the school well and existing flush toilet block which were damaged during the same bush fire.

Alongside the construction, extensive training and awareness sessions were carried out with all stakeholders involved. Based on previous awareness sessions, this crucial training will help ensure the correct use and upkeep of the compost toilet. All sessions were productive and well received during the RMMS project.

In collaboration with GVI, the teachers delivered these lessons to students from Kindergarten up to Class 8 and focused on 4 key themes; hand washing, the compost cycle, toilet structure and correct use of a compost toilet. These lessons combined informative presentations with interactive activities and group tasks to help ensure learning objectives were achieved.

Water in Fiji is a scarce and precious resource and we are happy that we can implement projects such as this that helps.

With Gratitude, 

GVI Fiji

The finished product!
The finished product!
Hand washing lessons
Hand washing lessons
Hand washing with the kindy kids
Hand washing with the kindy kids

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Everyone excited about their new Tippy Tap!
Everyone excited about their new Tippy Tap!

Dear Supporter, 

Here in Fiji we have been very busy installing Tippy Taps around some of the schools that we support and are involved at. Last week we installed taps at Uluibau Primary School as well as at the Moturiki District School. It was great fun seeing all of the kids really getting behind the project, helping our volunteers and then fighting for a place in the queue to wash their hands!

So, what exactly is a Tippy Tap?

The Tippy Tap is a hands-free tap that can be installed in the absence of running water and it is used to promote hand-washing. The tap is foot-operated which means that the chances of bacterial transmissions are reduced through only touching the soap. The tap is also a great source of fun for children and gets the conversation about the benefits of hand washing started!

The Tippy Tap is a low tech, low cost, water saving and hand washing device. If we can encourage people, especially children, to wash their hands and teach them about the benefits of doing so, we can save lives. Hand washing helps to prevent the spread of preventable diseases such as diarrhoea and respiratory infections. Hand-washing with soap can help to prevent these unnecessary deaths. 

Our aim is to install these taps and promote and educate the students about hand-washing. 

Thank you for your continued and generous support!

With Gratitude, 

GVI-Fiji

Class 4 helping with the construction
Class 4 helping with the construction
Filling up the Tippy Tap for use
Filling up the Tippy Tap for use
Get the hand-washing started!
Get the hand-washing started!
Everyone wants a turn!
Everyone wants a turn!

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Recycling point upgrade
Recycling point upgrade

Dear Supporter, 

Recently we have been putting a huge emphasis on recycling at Dawasamu District Secondary School. The concept of recycling is vital to teach to the students as it has an incredible impact on all aspects of our eco-system, including our fragile water systems. 

Although the Dawasamu school did have a recycling point it was in need of some love. So our volunteers brainstormed and came up with a plan to enhance the recycling point as well as to encourage students to use it correctly. We involved the students in all aspects of the improvement project so that they would feel ownership of the point. 

After the lesson about the benefits of recycling and how important it is in order to maintain a healthy environment and reduce wastage all of the students got involved in making signs for the drop off point. We also gave everyone a bottle that they were tasked with painting a message on. This message had to incorporate what they had just learnt to inspire and remind them of the importance of recycling.

We would like to thank you for your generous support of this project.

All the best,

GVIFiji

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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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