Category: Stories from the Field

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 ...

Solomon Islands CBSE featured in the Island Sun Newspaper

Live and Learn Solomon Islands have been engaged in a four year Community Based Sanitation Enterprise project piloted in Henderson, East Honiara, and Namoliki, Central Honiara, since 2014. Under the Western Pacifc Sanitation Marketing & Innovation Program (WPSMIP) the two peri-urban communities of Henderson and Namoliki have been engaged in the construction of two types ...

Sanitation Collaboration with Kavieng Prison

Correctional institution inmates and prison wardens from the minimum security Kavieng Jail in New Ireland, PNG, are working with the Topwan Sanitation Enterprise in Kavieng to provide toilet slabs and risers, and soap. Live & Learn has provided technical training and the inmates can now produce a VIP toilet slab and seat riser in under ...

WASH in Schools in Solomon Islands

Live & Learn has worked with seven urban schools in Honiara, Solomon Islands, to construct group hand-washing facilities. The different designs of the hand-washing stations were based on each school’s access to water. Some schools have taps attached to a concrete structure on the end of a permanent school building. Others have a free-standing system ...

New toilets for school in Vanuatu

Mr Ratubani from the Vanuatu Ministry of Health recently lead the handover of four new Ventilated Improved Pit toilets for the Nukus Kasaru Primary School in Vanuatu. The two toilet blocks (one for boys and one for girls) were constructed by the Taburah community-based sanitation enterprise, which sells toilet products under the TopWan brand in ...

TopWan launches at Kavieng Main Market

On Friday 8 September the Kavieng Main Market was buzzing with activity as people gathered for the Launch of TopWan brand of sanitation products in New Ireland. The event was organised by Live and Learn staff and they were assisted by prisoners and guards from the Kavieng minimum security jail. The launch was supported by ...

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, ...