Port Vila, Vanuatu
ADRA Vanuatu is implementing a new program to standardise and strengthen community awareness about safe water, sanitation and hygiene.
. . . the materials will be used by NGOs and government to ensure we all promote the same messages to our communities about the use of water.
Vanuatu WASH Sector, funded by UNICEF and Vanuatu’s Department of Geology, Mines and Water Resources, was launched on July 15 by the Minister of Lands, Ralph Regenvanu, inside the Port Vila Market House.
During the launch, Mr Regenvanu presented the Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials designed by the program to promote ways to keep water clean and use it properly. Special guests included head of UNICEF Andrew Parker and a representative of the John Tasarei Health Promotion Unit, Erickson Sammy.
The program pulled together a working group that included ADRA Vanuatu, Red Cross, World Vision, Live & Learn, Save The Children, OXFAM, government departments including education and health, and the National Advisory Board on Climate Change.
The information about water will be distributed on T-shirts, sarongs, tea-towels, handbags, notebooks, posters, calendars and stickers.
The messages will also be promoted via digital media, radio spots and a music video.
During the launch, Mr Sammy explained that “the materials will be used by NGOs [non-government organisations] and government to ensure we all promote the same messages to our communities about the use of water. Before our NGOs conducted awareness on water using different messages and materials.”
United: Government officials and NGO leaders.
The materials are free and digitally available on the Vanuatu WASH Sector website <www.wash.vu>.