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Clean running water changing lives

What a difference a year makes. Last year, we shared with you the story of a small village in Kirabati, where just one in three families had a toilet and only a few had clean, uncontaminated water.

Thanks to your support, our water sanitation experts have worked with the community to design and build clean water systems – they’ve provided clean water taps in central locations around the village, and the very first hygienic toilets the majority of families have ever had.

Every family in the village chipped in to do the work and kind gifts like yours provided the resources to make this project possible. You’re also helping us provide training to the villagers so they can maintain the system long after our work is done.

“Each cubicle is owned by an individual family and approximately eight hundred people are benefiting from the toilet blocks,” said our water and sanitation aid worker, Samuel Cleary.

“Many of the community members have added to their cubicles including by adding tiling, showers, hooks for clothes and little trays for hanging their soap. It is heart-warming to see the level of commitment and it shows that the work that we are doing here will be sustained for many, many years to come.”

One of the villagers, Aariki Teeni says: “We feel accomplished and settled because we have a toilet and a tank for rain water. We can use the water for drinking and the washing of hands.

“Because of that we are very happy… we couldn't do it on our own.”

Too many people in our region die from illnesses that can be prevented by safe drinking water and better sanitation. In fact, diarrhoea is one of the leading causes of death for children under five.

From Myanmar to Timor-Leste to Kiribati, we’re working with the most disadvantaged communities to solve this problem. Our water and sanitation specialists consult with the community to design a system that works best for them, and then we engage local volunteers and families to help build and maintain the system, and advocate for good hygiene, long after our work is done.

Thank you for helping us fight disease and poverty in Kiribati.

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