The Communithy-based Sanitation Market (CBSM) in Fiji is joining with Live & Learn Fiji and the Fijian Government to mark World Water Day. The CBSM have been invited to attend two days National World Water Day Celebrations that will be held in Levuka Town (the old Capital of Fiji). On Tuesday 21st March, the CBSM will be among a number of Government & NGOs presenting to more than 200 guests. The focus of the presentation is how their work contributes to the theme for World Water Day 2017 – Wastewater. On Wednesday 22nd March, the CBSM have been invited to set up a display booth to showcase their work and their products and services. They have also been requested by the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs to facilitate a demonstration for making slabs and risers to a total of 90 people who hold the Village Health Worker positions, Village Headman positions and other lead positions in the village structure.
In the six Western Pacific Sanitation Marketing & Innovation project sites in Fiji the CBSM Hygiene Promotion Officers will take the lead in organizing a community clean up day to improve their drainage and waste water drains. In addition to this, two homeowners have volunteered to have their homes painted with Hygiene Promotion messages.
In the schools partnering with Live & Learn on a WASH in Schools program an artist will work with the Parents and Teachers Association in using Art to advocate for improved sanitation & hygiene behaviour in the schools. The PTA will be engaged in schools to paint messages on the walls of the school toilet block and other areas approved by the school management. The artist will also help facilitate a poster competition, a poetry competition, and a waste water management model design competition. Look for photographs and reports on all of these activities later in March!
World Water Day is held on 22 March. The theme for 2017 is Wastewater. Globally the vast majority of all the wastewater from our homes, cities, industry and agriculture flows back to nature without being treated or reused – polluting the environment, and losing valuable nutrients and other recoverable materials. Live & Learn works with community-based sanitation enterprises in PNG, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji to provide affordable toilets to families that minimise wastewater and are designed with appropriate drainage to manage any wastewater. The Western Pacific Sanitation Marketing & Innovation project is implemented by Live & Learn using funding from the Australian government through the CS WASH fund.