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Wawan Water Project(s) Vanuatu— Leveraged Funding

(Previously: Extension of North-East Ambrym Water Supply System + Fonteng Phase)

 

Details Directorate: International
 

 

 

Project Leaders: Greg Thurston / Jenny Van de Meeberg

Initial Approval: October 2013

Upgraded: 4-Feb-14

Code: I#

Documented: Yes (in TRF Grant & Website etc)

Revision Date: 2-Sep-14

Status: Ongoing – Inactive

 

Description Improved access to potable water for two villages in the Wawan community, north-east Ambrym in Vanuatu. The two villages participating in this project, Falibeur (includes Rembetewou) and Barereo, currently rely on rainwater tanks, which run dry for several months every year in the dry season.

 

The project involves “water harvesting” – installing roofing and shelters (with guttering and piping etc) that collect water in the wet season in order to supplement normal supplies during the dry. To this end a series of 10,000 litre holding tanks will be installed, and water piped from these tanks to tap-stands in each village.

 

This should provide a year-round sustainable supply of water to these two communities, a population of approximately 200 people (including 100 students in 2 primary schools).

 

OVERARCHING TRF GOALS

–   Providing equitable community access to safe water, improved sanitation and hygiene;

–   Strengthening the ability of communities to develop, fund and maintain sustainable water and sanitation systems

 

For further details see Global Grant Record – GG1422157 & RCH website

 

NB: Work was suspended by EWBNZ following Cyclone Pam’s devastation of Vanuatu. District and TRF support has been received to ‘reboot’ the project when conditions permit, but this is significantly subject to the availability of a EWBNZ project volunteer etc.

 

Heirisson’s role and criticality to success Strategic governance of the project (with local RC Port Vila)

–   Facilitating the funding for the project, if possible, through DDF and a TRF global matching grant

–   Co-management of the project with Engineers Without Borders New Zealand (EWBNZ)

–   Heirisson’s role is crucial to the success of the project

 

Other Options Considered The spring-pipeline technique used for the Wilit project was considered, but is not feasible for these two villages. Silting is a much more difficult problem in this case. (See Feasibility Study for full details.)

 

Existing or Proposed Project/ Program? This new project builds on earlier project experience with a spring-fed gravity water supply system in Wilit village in the Wawan area, reinforced by a EWBNZ feasibility study, and mutually-agreed project specification and action plan.

 

Part of a strategic relationship or partnering/ alliance? With EWBNZ and through it, Wawan Fonhal Development Council, and a local Rotary Club (Port Vila). (Also previously involved: Australian and NZ Consulates, Vanuatu Department of Geology, Mines and Water Resources and, with the Wilit project, UNICEF/UN)

 

The project provides opportunities to continue to develop a relationship with EWBNZ, which would appear (at this stage) to be immensely valuable in this and future projects.

 

Funding of $60,000 was requested from The Rotary Foundation (TRF) via a global grant leveraged from District Designated Funds (DDF) based on club contributions from Heirisson, Karrinyup, Morley and Subiaco.

 

What difference will the Project/ Program make? The Wawan community will own a more sustainable, less problematic rainwater harvesting system.

 

The Wawan Fonhal Development Council (who are part of the community) will be responsible for, and skilled in, its ongoing repair and maintenance, and eventual replacement through a sustainable system of user water charging.

 

Other Benefits (Include sustainability of benefits, fun to do, recognition for Heirisson) –   Allow Heirisson to develop specialist skill-set in groundbreaking water projects in Vanuatu (and potentially other developing ‘third world’ countries).

–   Take a leadership role with “bite” that may be leveraged to bring young professionals into Heirisson.

–   Opening up the use of Rotary TRF and DDF funding options, which Heirisson has never before utilised, setting the scene to leverage this type of funding for future.

 

 

Insert New Wawan Water, Thailand & SOPS Cambodia update

 

·      Vanuatu – Phase 1 Funding Extension of North-East Ambrym Water Supply System (Leveraged Funding)

 

Details Directorate: International

Code: I1

Project Leader: David Cleary, with Greg Thurston & Jenny Van de Meeberg (was Paul Prass)

Submitted Date: Approved October 2013

Documented: Yes

Funds Required: $4500

Project Team: 2

Total Hours pa: 48

Member Involvement: N/a

Status: Terminated (Replaced by combined project above)

 

Description On the completion of the current Ambrym Gravity Water supply system it is proposed that by utilising the 10,000 litre water tank, infrastructure, and learning of the initial project that the water system be extended to capture an additional two groundwater springs and distribute after to five additional villages (250 people) plus two primary schools (100 students).

 

Part of a strategic relationship or partnering/alliance? Yes dealing with Wawan Fonhal Development Council, Rotary Club of Port Vila, Australian and NZ Consulates, Department of Geology, Mines and Water Resources, United Nations. Opportunity to develop a new relationship with Engineers without Borders (EWB), which would appear at this stage to be immensely valuable in this and future projects. This second tranche of funding being requested for the Rotary Foundation (AUD 5000) is with the intent to free up $60,000 in funds from Rotary TRF and DDF for this project.

 

What difference will the Project/Program make? ·     Current water supply via rain water which is in disrepair and problematic.

·     Enable us to leverage all of Sam Cleary’s year of work both in the delivery model and maintain and grow his strategic partnerships with aid agencies as well as people/Rotary on the ground in Vanuatu.

 

Other Benefits (Include sustainability of benefits, fun to do, recognition for Heirisson) ·     Allow Heirisson to develop specialist skill set in groundbreaking water projects in Vanuatu/third world countries.

·     Take a leadership role with “bite” that could be leveraged to bring young professionals into Heirisson.

·     This requested donation to the Rotary Foundation will open up the use of Rotary TRF and DDF funding options which Heirisson has never before utilised setting the scene to leverage this type of funding for future

 

 

 

·      Vanuatu Water Project (Phase 2) – Fonteng Funding

 

Details

 

Directorate: International

Project Leader: David Cleary (was Paul Prass)

Code: I4

Documented: Yes

Funds Required: $5,000

Project Team: 3

Total Hours pa: 288

Member Involvement: N/A

Submitted Date: 4-Feb-14

Status: Terminated (Replaced by combined project above)

 

Description

 

Having successfully completed the previous (Willet) water supply system on Ambryn, this project is to provide the facility to a further 3 villages on the island – benefiting 250 people including 100 primary school students. This will be done through “water harvesting” – installing shelters that collect water in the wet season in order to supplement normal supplies during the dry. To this end 3 x 10,000 litre holding tanks will be installed, and water piped from these tanks to tap stands in each village.

 

Heirisson’s role and criticality to success

 

·     Co-management of the project with Engineers Without Borders (NZ)

·     Facilitating the funding for the project

·     Heirisson’s role is critical to the success of the project

 

Other Options Considered

 

The pipeline technique used for the Willet project was considered, but is not feasible for Fonteng as silting is a much more difficult problem in this case.

 

Existing or Proposed Project/Program?

 

See description section above

 

Part of a strategic relationship or partnering/alliance?

 

Yes, dealing with Wawan Fonhal Development Council, Rotary Club of Port Vila, Australian and NZ Consulates, Department of Geology, & Mines and Water Resources. Opportunity to continue the relationship with Engineers without Borders, which would appear at this stage to be immensely valuable in this and future projects.

 

What difference will the Project/Program make?

 

·     Current water supply via rain water is in disrepair and problematic.

·     Enable us to leverage all of Sam Cleary’s year of work both in the delivery model and maintain and grow his strategic partnerships with aid agencies as well as people/Rotary on the ground in Vanuatu

 

Other Benefits (Include sustainability of benefits, fun to do, recognition for Heirisson)

 

·     Allow Heirisson to develop specialist skill set in groundbreaking water projects in Vanuatu/developing countries.

·     Take a leadership role with “bite” that could be leveraged to bring young professionals into Heirisson.