The following is an update with interesting facts and new information about the Government of Vanuatu Roads, Drainage and Sanitation Project for urban Port Vila.

Drainage Works

Pedestrians and motorists will now be familiar with the image to the right; RMS have two drainage crews working double shifts to install reinforced concrete drainage pipe measuring from 375mm up to 900mm along the roadside. Additionally, 250 drainage pits will be installed to collect storm water from the road surface, channeling it into the drainage pipe network.

This is an intense and complex work process, but will greatly improve Port Vila’s road network.

Blacksands Tongariki enjoys great community participation

The people of Tongariki have been living with Ifira landowners in the Blacksands Tanvasoko area since the 1970s. PVUDP contractor David’s Construction is currently building a sanitation facility with universally accessible toilets and showers, hand sinks and laundry basins all connected to a soakaway and septic system. This will replace the drop toilets currently in use in the community.

When a concrete truck was not able to access the work site to pour the foundation, community members; men, women and youth, all came out to offer a hand to ensure the job was completed on time.

Ohlen Nabanga to receive new toilets and community study hall

The Ministry of Lands has purchased 2 blocks of ‘green space’ for the community of Ohlen Nabanga. This has enabled PVUDP to construct a facility within the green space, designed to improve community hygiene and sanitation and serve as a study hall, community meeting hall and cyclone shelter. The facility will contain a universally accessible toilet and shower with additional toilets and hand basins for men and women connected to a septic system.

Community members will provide construction labor, with training and supervision provided by the PVUDP Design and Supervision Team. The ground breaking ceremony will take place before the end of this year.

Communities say thank you to World Vision Vanuatu and Wan Smol Bang

Last month the NGOs World Vision (WV) and Wan Smolbag completed a 2-year program under PVUDP to provide education and awareness on sanitation and hygiene to 7 settlement communities in greater Port Vila. The program aimed to increase cleanliness of the communities, support maintenance of the sanitation facilities and improve hygiene.

Pictured on the right are Ohlen Nabanga community members offering thanks to Isabelle Petri from WV and welcoming Jennifer Manua, who joins the project as PVUDP Community Support and Training Officer.

The Government of Vanuatu, in Partnership with the Australian Government and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are funding the Port Vila Urban Development Project (PVUDP) as one of the major investments in the nation’s capital. PVUDP will contribute to sustainable urban development in Port Vila through improved roads, drainage, sanitation infrastructure and services. The Project duration is from 13 February 2013 to 31 December 2018.

Information supplied by Carol Dover, Gender and Community Participation, Specialist Design, Supervision and Capacity Development Team, Port Vila Urban Development Project, at the Vanuatu Project Management Unit

Jonas Cullwick, a former General Manager of VBTC is now a Senior Journalist with the Daily Post. Contact: jonas@dailypost.vu. Cell # 678 5460922

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