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Australia Provides $0.43m For Water And Sanitation Services

The Australian government has funded Habitat for Humanity Fiji to provide $426,000 in essential water and sanitation services to 35 communities affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston in the provinces of
01 Apr 2016 15:15
Australia Provides $0.43m For Water And Sanitation Services
Makeshift Shelter from a house damaged during TC Winston. Photo:Australian High Commission

The Australian government has funded Habitat for Humanity Fiji to provide $426,000 in essential water and sanitation services to 35 communities affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston in the provinces of Tailevu, Ra and Ba.

Australian High Commissioner, Margaret Twomey, and Habitat for Humanity Fiji National Director, Masi Latianara, yesterday signed a partnership agreement confirming the carrying out of these services.

As more families return to their communities, sanitation and water services are increasingly becoming a higher priority. Over 13,000 people living in cyclone-affected communities will benefit from this assistance.

As part of this assistance, Habitat for Humanity Fiji will deliver emergency repairs to water supply systems to ensure the safe and reliable supply of water to communities and help improve sanitation and hygiene.

This will include working together with Water Authority of Fiji to provide emergency generators in communities where access to bore water is a dire need and impossible without electricity supply.

Toilets will be designed to ensure accessibility for women, children, and people with a disability.

In addition, Habitat for Humanity will distribute 2,000 shelter relief kits in hard-hit areas from Tavua to Tailevu, providing immediate shelter support to 8,000 people in the Western Division.

“People have resorted to temporary pit toilets for instance and are in urgent need for normal water supply to be restored,” said Mr Latianara.

Habitat for Humanity Fiji will also be conducting water, hygiene and sanitation training following the restoration work in affected areas.

“The Australian government is pleased to partner with Habitat for Humanity to help local communities affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston,” Mrs Twomey said.

“Habitat for Humanity is working closely with the Fiji Government and the cluster system to ensure all projects are aligned with the needs being identified.”

The Australian government will continue to work closely with Government to ensure the recovery and rehabilitation of affected communities.

 

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