Vanuatu

Water, Sanitation, Hygiene Promotion and Resilience Building in Sanma and Penama

Access to clean water is never taken for granted in rural communities in Vanuatu, with many villages lacking safe, sustainable and secure water supplies, no sanitation facilities and poor hygiene practices. This lack of clean water facilities results in poor health which does not only affect a person’s body but also their ability to earn, attend to family duties and contribute to society.

Sanma and Penama provinces have the second and third highest ranking for incidences of health related diseases in Vanuatu. Many of these diseases could be prevented through the use of a clean water supply.

The Water, Sanitation, Hygiene Promotion and Resilience Building Project aims to reduce the disease rate in these provinces by providing communities with safe water, sanitary hygiene facilities and education about safe hygiene practices. The project will impact 9,000 people!

Project Cost: $4,398,306
Project Length: 2015-2019

Stories

David Silas is one of the oldest men in his village and has witnessed much devastation throughout his lifetime. Underground wells have been the only source of water for people in this village for over forty years. Many people in his village would struggle to get clean water from far away sources or underground wells. Other sources of water would carry mud and disease leading to illness and death because there were no other options available. “Most of my mates who first settled with me have died from it.”

Through ADRA projects, David’s village has been able to receive an alternative source of safe and sanitary water. “I am so happy and proud to be the only survivor of that time to witness this huge miracle of the new water supply project into our village”, shares David with tears in his eyes. This was only made possible with your support. Our prayer at ADRA is that you continue to help and support David and many other villages just like his.

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