FRESH WATER FOR REMOTE VILLAGES
When Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu in March 2015, it was one of the worst disasters this Pacific archipelago had ever seen. IsraAID arrived in Vanuatu not long after, and in recent years has focused on safe water access in rural communities there.
In 2019, IsraAID was tendered by the Vanuatu Department of Water to build a gravity-fed water system serving 900 people in Latano and eight neighboring villages, in a project funded by the Government of New Zealand. IsraAID partnered with community members to build 12 kilometers of pipeline from two water sources, with 55 tap stands spread across the area and 40,000 liters of storage. Using gravity to send water through the system cuts out the need for pumps or electricity, simplifying maintenance and ensuring sustainability.