Gap Filler Challenge Wrap Up

The Odyssey Design Challenge 2017 has come to an end! This year, EWB partnered with Christchurch’s Gap Filler, a creative urban regeneration initiative that facilitates a wide range of temporary projects, events, installations, and amenities in the city.

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SAMAPETA Sanitation Enterprise

Meet Jimy and William - Construction Team Members of the SAMAPETA Sanitation Enterprise- working through the design and costings of several toilet construction projects.

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Water Adviser - Vanuatu

Share your technical skills to support communities in Vanuatu achieve 100% access to safely managed drinking water by 2030.

There are a number of coordination challenges in the Vanuatu water sector including, fragmented project delivery, complex water systems and often poor outcomes for communities. In this rewarding assignment, you will assist the newly formed Department of Water Resources to address these challenges and implement the national plan for safe & secure drinking water in the southern provinces of Vanuatu (Shefa & Tafea).

With a focus on technical capacity, you will provide vital support for Provincial Water Offices to provide accurate and effective Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) advice, including advice on infrastructure maintenance and repair. Through on-the-job training and workshops, you will help develop community water supply designs and strengthen the water testing capability of Water Offices

You will also work closely with Provincial Water Office staff to establish Community Water Committees and support community engagement with a localised Drinking Water Safety and Security Plan (DWSSPs). This work will include outreach, recording and reporting to ensure effective coordination. Through mentoring and training, you will also build the programme management and administrative capacity of Office staff to enable the rollout of DWSSPs.

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Hydrogeologist Opportunity - Vanuatu

Share your expertise with the Department of Water Resources to strengthen hydrogeological capability and support community resilience to water-related risks.  

Approximately 70% of the rural population is reliant on rainwater harvesting systems to meet daily water needs; this exposes the population to significant climate risks such low rainfall and drought.

In this dynamic assignment you will be working as part of dedicated team to investigate groundwater supplies, develop a water information database and model, and design effective solutions. You will provide training and mentoring support to build technical WASH skills of department staff, which will enable them to confidently manage groundwater and WASH activities.

Working in collaboration with Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA), this exciting assignment offers you an opportunity to make a real impact on the water sector in Vanuatu.

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Gap Filler Christchurch

EWB has partnered with Gap Filler for the 2017 Odyssey Design Challenge. This year’s challenge targets the youth of Christchurch.

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Applications Open for DoD 2017

Applications for the 2017 Dialogues on Development study tour are open!

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Open City Project is Live!

Gap Filler together with Engineers Without Borders have been hard at work over the last seven months, taking an old parking meter and repurposing it to share sweet free things to do in Christchurch.

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Tackling the Challenges of Cyclone Season

WOW - A lot has happened since the last update!


It has been very busy here in Vanuatu, with so many projects going on. In the last blog, I talked about getting some funding from EWB Australia to prototype a Portable Toilet for people living with a disability. So much progress has been made regarding this over the last few months - but that's not all that's happened!

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Outstanding Leaders - Canterbury Students

Caroline and Chris of our Canterbury Students Chapter have been working above and beyond on the local In Schools programme, visiting a record number of high school students to teach our Clean Water for Life initiative to the next generation.

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Settling Into NiVan Life

Settling into the Live and Learn office has been made very easy, with all of the staff being very welcoming and taking time to answer all of my stupid questions. It is a very busy and bustling environment but also lots of joking around.

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