World Toilet Day & Community Sanitation Enterprise in the South Pacific

World Toilet Day was marked during the week of 18 November by the Community-based Sanitation Enterprises working with Live & Learn in the Western Pacific Sanitation Marketing & Innovation Program. In Kavieng, PNG, Kulangait Sanitation Enterprise and students from the project partner primary school promoted the importance of having a toilet at home in the local market.

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In Fiji the Community-based Sanitation Market (CBSM) held a special event to launch the toilet models that are available for sale. In Fiji the toilet models had to first be approved by the Ministry of Health. Community members were invited to a special meal to learn about the types of toilets that will be sold. Scale models were on display, with families able to ask questions of the CBSM technical staff about how the different types of toilets work.

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In Vanuatu SAMAPETA Community-based Sanitation Enterprise followed up a busy month of door-to-door promotion and communication about the sanitation enterprise with a special event to open the Sanitation Park in the community and share more information about toilet designs that are available for purchase. All toilet designs in the Sanitation Park include simple hand-washing facilities.

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This year the theme for World Toilet Day was how toilets link with employment. For the community-based sanitation enterprises we are working with the theme is very relevant to them as they continue to work on establishing their enterprises and making their first sales of toilets. Every enterprise member knows they still have a lot to learn, and a lot of work to do, but their commitment to improving sanitation in their communities remains strong! This project is supported by the Australian government through the Civil Society WASH Fund, and is implemented by Live & Learn.

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