More than 700 people and students participated in a World Toilet Day 2017 special event hosted by TopWan New Ireland. TopWan New Ireland is the sanitation enterprise established with the support of Live & Learn in New Ireland, Papua New Guinea. A large street parade marched through town and also included the launch of the Arts for Advocacy hygiene promotion art displays at three schools working with Live & Learn in the WASH in Schools program.
Many different stakeholders were involved in the program, including New Ireland provincial government, staff and students from three primary schools, staff and inmates from the Kavieng Correctional Institute, Kavieng Police Officers, representatives of New Britain Palm Oil Limited sustainability department, and local village elders.
After the main march events at the three schools included speeches, ribbon-cutting ceremonies, hygiene promotion messages and traditional dancing. The main program included speeches from school principals, Kavieng Correctional Institute female sergeant, and the Kavieng manager of Live & Learn Environmental Education. The Poliamba Days for Girls group presented menstrual hygiene management kits to grade 7 and 8 girls at one of the primary schools.During the presentation of speeches, Hon. King Pawut, Ward Member for Ward 2, Tatau – Tabar Islands, placed an order for 30 toilets (riser and slabs) and presented a deposit cheque for 15 toilets.
A special dramatic presentation on hygiene and sanitation was presented by inmates from the Kavieng Correctional Institute. The drama highlighted the importance of daily hand washing after visiting the toilet, before preparing food, and the importance of having a toilet. TopWan works closely with Kavieng Correctional Institute in the production and sale of sanitation and hygiene products.
TopWan New Ireland is a community-based sanitation enterprise established by Live & Learn PNG through the Western Pacific Sanitation Marketing Program – funded by the Australian government through the Civil Society WASH Fund.