The Umej community on Aneityum now have 43 VIP toilets and the Primary school has two Compost toilets.
Peace Corps Community Health Volunteer Cameron K and his counterpart carried out the initial community assessment and the need for VIP toilets was identified as a priority.
Cameron then applied for the Small Project Assistance (SPA) grant and at the same time prepared workshops to educate the community members on the importance of proper sanitation facilities and practices and how it is related to the spreading of diseases.
Months later, despite unreliable shipping schedules and poor Digicel reception which made communication almost impossible, Cameron and his community celebrated the completion of the VIP toilet project.
It is because of this SPA project that every household in Umej community now have a VIP toilet and the residents of the Umej Chiefdom now know how to build VIP toilets and have been introduced to compost toilets as a technology.
The results are improved sanitation practices for the Umej chiefdom and the community will see reduced illness and improved environmental health!
The SPA grant funds paid for freight, cement, mesh, steel rods, bins, toilet seats and boat transportation and the Community contributed all the labor, concrete blocks, sand, food for workers, timber, some wire and cement.