October 15 is Global Handwashing Day, a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.
In Fiji the Water for Women Project is working with water committees in 18 communities in the Ra and Ba provinces in areas of Wash, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). Our implementing partner Habitat for Humanity Fiji has been training the community through the use of the Joint Monitoring Program (JMP). The JMP is the international standard for measuring WASH practices and facilities. Developing these committees knowledge of JMP standards has been a key part in empowering them to be able to assess their drinking water sources, community toilets and handwashing and hygiene practices.
The program enables communities to make better-informed decisions and plans with regards to WASH which can potentially decrease the spread of water-borne diseases and improve the quality of their drinking water.
Relevant Government representatives of the district are also involved during community engagement. Pictured above is Filipe Tawakilai (orange shirt) at a sanitation assessment, he was the Acting Sub Divisional Health Inspector of the Ra Province during this engagement.
Thanks to our implementing partner Habitat for Humanity Vietnam and partnership with DFAT’s (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) Australia’s NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP), our Vietnam PASSA training has provided vulnerable families with livelihood skills to make their shelter more resilient to natural disasters.
The Water for Women project is in partnership with DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) and Water for Women, Habitat for Humanity Australia and HabitatforHumanityFiji are working on improving WASH services in Fiji.