Staff and volunteers from the Community-based Sanitation Market (CBSM) in Fiji decided to celebrate World Water Day in a practical way in their local community. Fiji has experienced very heavy rains in the past few months, with some communities experiencing flooding. The theme for World Water Da in 2017 concerns wastewater, and the importance of minimising wastewater, and reuse of wastewater. In response to this volunteers decided to help the families in their community.
Volunteers worked through the community to conduct a general clean up of rubbish and debris from recent heavy rainfall. Other volunteers assessed the places in the community where drainage is poor and worked with households to dig improved drainage. Other volunteers offered the external walls of their homes as a canvas for positive messages about keeping water supplies clean through keeping communities clean, and the importance of washing hands for health.
The CBSM is also involved in the national celebration of World Water Day in Fiji, with participation in a two-day forum and public celebration. News from this event will be shared on the blog soon! The support for the CBSM in Fiji is provided by Live & Learn through the Western Pacific Sanitation Marketing & Innovation project, funded by the Australian government through the Civil Society WASH Fund.