Portable toilet used in cyclone response

TopWan community based saniation enterprise have supported families in Teouma Valley, Vanuatu, with an improved toilet and hand-washing facility after they were displaced when Tropical Cyclone Donna damaged their homes. The families are currently sleeping in the community kindergarten building while they rebuild their homes. They were forced to use the bush as a temporary place to go to the toilet, and had no hand-washing facilities.

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TopWan construction staff joined with Live & Learn staff and a representative from the Department of Public Health to meet the community leaders and discuss sanitation strategies for the families. A TopWan portable toilet and shelter has been constructed, and a portable hand-washing facility set-up. The facilities were used by the families over the weekend, and TopWan staff and Live & Learn will visit the community early this week to get some feedback from the community on the application of the Portable Toilet product in this kind of context.

TopWan staff were requested to visit Teouma Valley by the Shefa Provincial Government. This is the first time the TopWan sanitation enterprise has worked with government in disaster response, and the TopWan staff are happy that their products are able to support communities have safe sanitation while they rebuild their homes.

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Funding support for the TopWan portable toilets used in the response has come through Live & Learn’s partnership with Engineers Without Borders Australia. TopWan community sanitation enterprise is supported by Live & Learn through the Australian government Civil Society WASH Fund.

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