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 ...

First toilet sales in Solomon Islands

The Henderson Community-based Sanitation Enterprise in Honiara Solomon Islands sold their first toilets during a mini-launch celebration held recently. The Honourable Peter Shannel was the special guest at the launch of a sanitation park that will provide sanitation information to the public and access to model toilet designs that are available for sale. Many local ...

Vanuatu Hygiene Promotion winners

The winners of the Niu Yia Niu Toelet competition in Vanuatu have been announced and received their prizes at a special presentation at the main market in Port Vila. The overall winner was Gero Iavin, with his song "Happy Families." Other winners were the photograph "Soapy Hands" by 10 year old photographer Yanick (shown above). The ...

“New Year, New Toilet!” Competition

Today in Vanuatu the Live & Learn team joined with SAMAPETA and Tuburah Sanitation Enterprises to launch the "Niu Yia, Nui Toelet" (New Year, New Toilet) competition to promote the community sanitation enterprises, and to improve awareness on the importance of having a family toilet and washing hands with soap. The competition is being launched over ...

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Talking about women and sanitation

Vulnerability to violence can have a significant impact on people’s access to adequate water, sanitation and hygiene. In both urban and rural contexts, girls and women frequently face harassment when they have to go to the toilet in the open. They may delay drinking and eating in order to wait until nightfall to relieve themselves ...

A new toilet using recycled materials

Frank Mackson is a retired teacher who lives in Dagi community in Kimbe. His pit toilet was almost full and he needed a new toilet. Live & Learn has been working with community members in Dagi to establish a community-based sanitation enterprise. Frank was aware of the enterprise and had also read a copy of ...

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Learning and Sharing at WPSMIP Forum

In November the Project Managers for the Western Pacific Sanitation Marketing & Innovation Program offices in PNG, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Fiji travelled to the Live & Learn office in Melbourne to participate in a week of sessions to reflect on the achievements of the program over the past two years, and to plan for ...

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