Toilet sales ongoing

Sanitation Enterprises established through the DFAT-funded Western Pacific Sanitation Marketing & Innovation continue to sell toilets. In Port Vila, Vanuatu SAMAPETA and Taburah sanitation enterprises are constructing different types of toilets for customers in Blacksand and Erakor Half Road communities, ranging from Ventilated Improved Pit latrines to fully plumbed stand-alone bathrooms. Customers are paying upfront … Continue reading Toilet sales ongoing

Interview with WASH mentor teacher in Solomon Islands

Barbara, the mentor teacher for water, sanitation and hygiene at a partner school in Solomon Islands shares the success of the installation of a group hand-washing facility in the school. She also talks about successes of the student WASH Club members, and the changes in hygiene practice by students in the school. See her story … Continue reading Interview with WASH mentor teacher in Solomon Islands

Church Leaders and Hygiene Promotion

Live & Learn’s hygiene promotion campaigns involve working with Change Agents. Change Agents are volunteers from local churches, local community health workers, and the staff of the sanitation enterprises. Utilising Change Agents means that some key activities of a campaign are delivered through trusted members of the community to the community. Working with Church Leaders … Continue reading Church Leaders and Hygiene Promotion

“Clean Hands, Good Toilet, Happy Family” Health Promotion Guidelines and Tools

Influencing health behaviour change 
seems like it should be simple. But each of us is a mixture of conscious and unconscious motivations, cultural preferences and habits. Logical reasons for choosing healthy habits don’t always effectively reach our unconscious desires or habits. Live & Learn has published the “Clean Hands, Good Toilet, Happy Family” Health Promotion … Continue reading “Clean Hands, Good Toilet, Happy Family” Health Promotion Guidelines and Tools

International Day of the Girl

Live & Learn believes that investing in safe and improved WASH facilities improve girls’ health and keeps them in school. This in turn empowers girls to reach their full potential and become agents of change within their communities. Education is the cornerstone of a healthy and productive society. Yet around the globe, girls miss out … Continue reading International Day of the Girl

Toilets: Balancing customer aspirations and affordability

The Community-based Sanitation Enterprises established in PNG, Vanuatu, Fiji and Solomon Islands are continuing their sales and construction of toilets. In Vanuatu a customer has purchased a toilet with a permanent building constructed of concrete. In Kimbe, PNG, the sanitation enterprises have built pour-flush toilets for an elementary school. They are also trialling a low cost biogas and septic toilet system - which will be the first technology of its kind in West New Britain province. The low-cost biogas and septic toilet system was built during a four-day construction training as part of the on-going mentoring and monitoring for the two sanitation enterprises in Kimbe.

Menstruation hygiene kits provided to Vanuatu schools

School management and teachers from six schools in Port Vila, Vanuatu, came together for a two day induction workshop to establish their Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) in Schools programs. They also participated in a special focus program on Menstrual Hygiene Management, which included the Acting Director of Education in Vanuatu, the National Director of the Primary School Program, the Deputy Principal Education Officer for Shefa Province and the Natinoal Early Childhood Education Coordinator (pictured above).

Education Changes Everything #MenstruationMatters

Every month more than 300 million girls aged between 10-14 may dread the arrival of their period. A lack of adequate guidance, toilet facilities and sanitary materials for girls to manage their menstruation in schools causes girls to experience shame, fear, confusion. They face many challenges attempting to manage their menstruation - insufficient information, lack of social support, ongoing social and hygiene taboos, and a shortage of suitable water, sanitation and waste disposal facilities in schools. So many of these girls just stay home until they finish bleeding. They can miss a week of school every month.

Constructing Portable Toilets in Vanuatu

  Six staff from the two Sanitation Enterprises in Port Vila, Vanuatu, recently improved their construction knowledge by participating in training to build their own tool boxes and portable toilet’s for people living with disabilities and children. The training was facilitated by Matt King, a volunteer through Engineers Without Borders who is providing technical mentoring … Continue reading Constructing Portable Toilets in Vanuatu