Category: Stories from the Field

Sharing water, sanitation and hygiene knowledge and insights

Staff and community partners from Live & Learn project teams in Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Fiji and Australia participated with over 120 water, sanitation and hygiene practitioners in the Civil Society WASH Fund Learning and Reflection Event (FLARE) held in Brisbane at the beginning of August. The FLARE hosted participants from 19 countries across ...

Students speak out on menstruation in Kavieng, PNG

Over 300 students from three schools in Kavieng District spent a day together to talk about the importance of menstrual hygiene.

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.

Hygiene training for sanitation enterprises in Vanuatu

Staff from the two sanitation enterprises in Vanuatu recently participated in hygiene education sessions to build their understanding of the health benefits of good sanitation and washing hands with soap. The SAMAPETA and Tuburah community-based sanitation enterprise staff participated in hygiene education activities based on Live & Learn’s Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation (PHAST) resources, ...

Growing Good Citizens

“These children, most of them come from the crowded homes on the plantation – four families in one house – and we tell them if you work hard here at school you can change your life through education!” It was mid-afternoon, hot and steamy in PNG. I was sitting with two teachers, chatting on the ...

Practical Action for World Water Day in Fiji

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 ...

World Water Day Preparations: March 22

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 ...

Toilet construction training in Kimbe, PNG

Two youth members of the Dagi Community-based Sanitation Enterprise expressed gratitude for the skills and new innovative ideas they learned during the recent toilet construction training with Dagi Community Sanitation Enterprise in Kimbe, Papua New Guinea. At the end of the training Greg Aisim said: “We’re now empowered with new skills and technical know-how. We ...

Floods and WASH in peri-urban Solomon Islands

During February much of the South Pacific has been affected by extremely heavy rain. Many South Pacific countries experienced flooding at the same time. In Honiara, Solomon Islands, many parts of the city experienced flooding (including the Live & Learn office!). On the 7th of February one of our sanitation enterprise communities recorded 65mm of ...

“Wipe” wins Hygiene competition in Fiji

Over the Christmas and new year period the Live & Learn team worked with the Fiji Community-based Sanitation Market to hold a hygiene promotion competition. Prizes included various hygiene products, and the construction of a new toilet. The theme was "Be Safe, Bad Bugs Kill!" First prize was awarded to the poster called "Wipe" by Asera ...