Vanuatu

Vanuatu is an island archipelago consisting of approximately 82 relatively small islands, 65 of which are inhabited. The islands of Vanuatu are widely spread out, with a distance of 1,300 km between the outermost islands.

Vanuatu has a tropical climate and over 80% of the population lives in rural, isolated villages with access to their own gardens and food supplies. These geographically isolated communities have minimal access to basic health and education services.

The economy consists mainly of agriculture, tourism, offshore financial services, and raising cattle. There is also a substantial fishing industry, although this does not bring in foreign income as the fish are traded locally.

In North-East Efate, Vanuatu, several communities are struggling with water supply due to the Takara Dam drying up. Oxfam and EWB New Zealand have partnered to work on designs to improve the situation.  

A quarter of Cambodia’s population live in more challenging geographical and environmental conditions such as regions prone to flooding, ground water contamination and hard rock areas, where conventional sanitation designs have proven unsuccessful. In 2014, EWB Australia identified that appropriate technical solutions for Sanitation in Challenging Environments (SCE) was a...

EWBNZ is working with a community group in Ambrym, Vanuatu to improve the water supply for two remote villages. During the dry season, the rainwater tanks run dry throughout the villages, and the locals have to trek several kilometres to the closest spring to fetch water. This is no easy...

Engineers Without Borders New Zealand formed a partnership with Live and Learn in 2014. An EWBNZ field professional, Sofia Lardies, travelled to Vanuatu in Nov 2014 and spent six months working with Live & Learn Vanuatu on WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) initiatives. She provided technical support and capacity building...