• Aaron Hilliker posted an article
    Volunteer Eric worked with his community to complete 72 toilets. see more

    Source: The Daily Post

    Published: October 12th, 2019

    In Brief: Volunteer Eric worked with his community to complete 72 toilets.


    From the Article:

    The community of Vitimboso, Vanua Lava, TORBA has 142 households with a population of 678 which is the largest village in TORBA.

    ADRA, an NGO in Vanuatu, along with Peace Corps Volunteer Eric Schreiner conducted a community survey in Vitimboso.

    During the survey that was conducted, every toilet in the community was evaluated based on the set criteria by ADRA criteria giving them a quality rating. ADRA found that of the 105 total toilets in the community, 10 toilets are adequate, and 10 toilets need repairs varying from a repair of the slab, structure, or pipe. The survey also showed that 85 total 105 toilets in the community need to be completely replaced. Of these 85 toilets that need a full replacement a majority of these toilets are bush toilets. The remainder are VIP toilets that are weathered, damaged, and unsatisfactory. The local clinic has two toilets, the local school has eight toilets, and the remaining 95 toilets are shared among the 142 households in the community.

    Vitimboso’s Peace Corps volunteer Schreiner organized meetings with the new primary health care committee, the nurse, and the chief to put a plan to build new toilets in the community in Early December.The community decided to move through with an application for the USAID’s small grants fund and were approved. The goal for the community is for every household and community space (Aid Post,nakamal, church, community event area) to have their own VIP(ventilation improved pit) toilet,constructed properly so that the toilet works functionally. The grant rewarded wasn’t large enough to complete new toilets for the 142 households and the community spaces so the community went forth with building just 72 VIP toilets for 72 selected households in the community of Vitimboso. The leaders of the community grouped the community into five groups with each group leader looking after approximately 15 households. With the help of Peace Corps volunteer Schreiner and the communities carpenter each group leader was trained how to make a toilet using the VIP toilet manual written in Bislama that was made by Mr Schreiner.

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  • Friends of Vanuatu posted an article
    A vividly-detailed, first-hand account of visiting Pentecost after TC Harold. see more

    Title: "The Vanuatu island in the eye of the storm"

    Author: Dan McGarry

    Source: The Guardian

    Published: June 5th, 2020

    Brief: A vividly-detailed, first-hand account of visiting Pentecost villages in the aftermath of the devastating TC Harold.



    From the article:

    "The island is unrecognisable. Mountains are shorn. The trees that do remain are dying – their limbs and trunks blasted by unimaginable forces. The ground littered by mounds of fallen coconuts... 

    The operations centre is located in the old police station. The roof is partially blown off, and the windows on the windward side are all blown in. Dozens of aid workers, police, and paramilitary shuffle through. Most are sleeping rough on cement floors... 

    Nobody has proper shelter, neither responders nor villagers. Overcrowding, sanitation and hygiene are a joke, and it shows. Diarrhoea is endemic, people have fevers, coughs and headache."


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  • Friends of Vanuatu posted an article
    A highly-detailed, interactive graphic of TC Harold emergency response activities. see more

    Title: "TC Harold Response Activity"

    Author: NDMO

    Source: NDMO.GOV.VU

    Published: Updated June 5th, 2020

    Brief: A highly-detailed, interactive graphic and map of organizations and activities currently active in response to TC Harold in Vanuatu. 



    From the article: 

    "The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) is the government’s agency responsible for coordination of preparation and responses to emergencies and disasters across Vanuatu. The 3W infographic below contains latest information response activities by organisations and clusters"


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