Water and Sanitation in Vanuatu
|Collecting rain water from the roof. © Don Brice/ABM 2008|
(Project Code VU006WS).
21% of rural people in Vanuatu still do not have access to clean potable water, and 52% do not have access to proper sanitation facilities.
The natural beauty of the country and its tourism masks this unacceptable level of underdevelopment.
ABM is working with the Anglican Church of Melanesia in Vanuatu to implement water and sanitation projects across the two Vanuatu dioceses.
A feature of these projects is the inclusion of local government departments in the roll out of community sanitation awareness. The demand for water projects has provided opportunities to build on water as a ‘gateway’ to help in addressing other community wide issues such as public health, more broadly.
All water projects are now part of a broader community consultation process. This gives the church skills in community consultation and community development, and it gives communities control over decision-making.
In these consultations, ABM aims for all voices in communities to be heard which ensures the interests of women, children and disabled people are incorporated into the decision-making of these projects.
The average cost of a water tank in a village is $2,500.
You can help by providing water and sanitation solutions and benefit whole communities in Vanuatu.
Donations to this program are tax deductible.
HOW CAN I DONATE?
You can make an online donation to this project by selecting Vanuatu: Water and Sanitation Program from the full project list.
Alternatively, for donations by cheque/money order (made out to the Anglican Board of Mission - Australia), telephone or email, view contact details here. Please don’t forget to include the project name and/or code with your payment details.