Improving Access to Fresh Water & Sanitation for Fiji

Increasing water collection and storage capacity and working towards better sanitation facilities in Fiji communities.

 

OUR IMPACT

In many parts of rural Fiji, access to safe drinking water is limited and water shortages can pose a real threat to daily life and the health of the communities. We have been installing Rainwater Harvesting Systems to help increase the level of drinking water available across several regions in Fiji.

Access to fresh water resources also directly influences sanitation standards and practices. We have helped to address this through the installation of composting toilets in water-stressed regions and conducting WaSH workshops in local communities and schools.

Your donations are used to support the purchasing, installation and maintenance of rainwater tanks and composting toilets.

liters of water catchment capacity added

People benefiting from the project

Islands we still need to help

The Challenge

Many regions in Fiji have limited natural water catchment and highly variable, rainfall and dry spells. Villages rely upon a number of different water sources by utilizing seasonal wells, boreholes, and rainwater collection. Water shortages are not uncommon in many areas, and may become critical during a six-month dry season, from May-October. During periods of drought, the Fiji government and local communities have been required to send drinking water to the islands via barge after wells and water tanks run dry. Similarly, access to high quality sanitation services is often limited, particularly in rural regions.

The Solution

The collection of rainwater is a safe and reliable way to source drinking water. Without sufficient collection capacity, appropriate materials, long-term water management plans, system upkeep, filtration, and a system of water reserves, villages become particularly vulnerable to severe water shortages during the dry season. Through the funding of Rainwater Harvesting Systems and awareness programs, rainwater can be utilised as a long-term solution to water shortages. Better sanitation and hygiene practices can be reinforced through workshops and community education, and investing in sustainable, long-term infrastructure programmes.

Make Your Donation

Give to our community development fund today and give communities access to safe drinking water.