Health
 Fiji
Project #12090

Give access to water & sanitation services in Fiji

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust

Summary

In many parts of rural Fiji, access to safe drinking water is limited & water shortages can pose a real threat to the life & the health of communities. We have been installing Rainwater Harvesting Systems to increase access to safe drinking water across several regions in Fiji. Access to water directly influences sanitation standards & practices. We have helped address this through the installation of composting toilets in water-stressed regions & hosting WaSH workshops in schools & communities.
$10,000.00
total goal
$2,393.00
remaining
51
donors
1
monthly donor
4
years

Challenge

Limited natural water catchment, unpredictable rainfall & dry spells mean villages rely on a number of different water sources- seasonal wells, boreholes & rainwater. Water shortages are not uncommon, especially during the 6-month dry season from May-October. During periods of drought, the Fiji government has been required to send water to the islands via barge after wells and water tanks run dry. Similarly, access to sanitation is often limited, particularly in rural regions.

Solution

Rainwater collection is a safe & reliable way to source drinking water. Without sufficient collection capacity, long-term water management plans, system upkeep, filtration & a system of water reserves, villages become particularly vulnerable to severe dry spells. Funding Rainwater Harvesting Systems & awareness programs, rainwater can be utilised as a long-term solution to water shortages. Better sanitation & hygiene will be reinforced with workshops, education & investing in infrastructure.

Long-Term Impact

Since 2011, we've dramatically increase the overall water storage capacity in many villages across several districts in Fiji. Currently focused on Moturiki Island in the Lomaiviti Group, we are also active in Tailevu on the main island of Viti Levu. There are still many villages that need new systems & water infrastructure improvements to ensure enough water is available for daily life. This project continues to increase access to safe water sources, improve knowledge & 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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