Case Study: Solomon Islands Water Project
In many parts of Solomon Islands, village residents must obtain fresh water by collecting it from creeks in plastic bottles. On the island of Ranongga in the Solomon Islands Western Province, this method of water collection often falls to children.
In partnership with the local village residents, Partner Housing has been constructing latrines and fresh water reticulation systems for over 10 years. Over 100 latrines have been constructed in the villages of Buri, Keigold and Obobulu; and water reticulation with multiple water standpipes have been constructed in the villages of Buri, Keigold, Obobulu, Koriovuku, Pange, Lale and Kolomali.
Based on this track record, and in consultation with the island residents, Partner Housing has commenced the next stage - to effect some outstanding repairs to the existing infrastructure, to expand construction to the neighbouring island of Vella Lavella, and to establish a permanent Training Centre / Workshop in Buri from which local supervisors can establish a viable training and supply business. The business will combine the supply and assembly of plumbing components and standpipes with training for local villagers, concentrating on how to source, assemble, install and maintain these components.
With the support of the Australian Aid: Friendship Grant, Partner Housing has developed a program to fulfil these needs. The first stage (replacing three tanks and plumbing at Buri and repairs at Obobulu and Lale) is now complete. This will improve the access to clean water of up to 1,200 people.
Our team is currently pressing forward with the program, purchasing materials for the villages of Kongu and Sambora.
For more information on the Friendship Grants program, please visit www.dfat.gov.au
December 2019 Solomon Islands Water Project Update:
Partner Housing is proud to announce the completion of water reticulation schemes on the remote islands of Ranongga and Vella Lavella in Solomon Islands Western Province, undertaken during 2019.
The Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) contributed AUD $60,000 to these projects. When asked how “the activity implemented over the last year will have the most impact on your life or community”, Mr. Eric Golopitu (Senior Secondary Science Teacher, Buri Village, Ranongga Island) commented that the improvements to the water reticulation:
“[Is] raising of standard of level and quality of life.
Encourages healthy life style.
Provides easy access to safe and clean water for household usage.
Saves time, energy and money on water availability.
Relieves women especially; from burdens relating to water accessibility on daily basis.
Encourages water sealed toilet facility preferences in the community.
Creates a happier environment.”
July 2020 Update from Save Gibitngil Island Association (SGIA)
SGIA works closely with Partner Housing to rebuild and
improve living conditions in the Philippines, including
the building of latrines. In July 2020 Jason Spurr
(President of SGIA) provided an update on their progress:
''Demand for the outhouses (toilets) continues to be strong and
the program has proven to be very popular with the Islanders
who are immensely appreciative of its benefits.
SGIA very much values working with Partner Housing
Australasia and appreciates its financial support.
The Program has been successful in achieving maximum impact by providing outhouses for all the large families on the Island with 3 or more children. As of FY 2019/20 the Program included the neediest smaller families with 2 children.
In FY 2019/20 we achieved 29 outhouses (exceeding our goal of 25), with a grand total for the Program of 151 outhouses. This has resulted in real tangible benefits in terms of improved health, dignity, safety and environmental outcomes''
Partner Housing assists other South Pacific organisations to use the DANCER Building System to improve the cyclone, earthquake and tsunami resistance of houses, schools, clinics and community buildings. Kelly Kombra Peng (Vision for Homes – Papua New Guinea) testifies:
“…. We are pleased to provide this testimonial acknowledging the financial and probono engineering assistance given by Partner Housing to Vision for Homes since 2010 for houses, educational buildings and a clinic based on the DANCER Building System….
Our partnership … has not only built  houses, health and education infrastructures for people in the Highlands region of PNG but it is more to it – we are building lives and improving the standard of living for the people and communities ….”
Partner Housing provides funding, training and supervision for rural water supply systems and latrines in Solomon Islands. Christian Salim (Provincial Secretary Solomon Islands Western Province) wrote:
“… we are grateful for the completion of water supplies in Keigold, Buri, Koriovuku, Obobulu and Lale as well as 120 latrines across Ranongga …
I would like to take this opportunity to encourage you and your donor organisations to continue this good work and offer whatever cooperation we are able to provide.”
Partner Housing provides probono engineering assistance to other not-for-profit organisations involved in development and in natural disaster response. In the wake of the 2018 Papua New Guinea Highlands earthquake, Bishop Donald Lippert (Catholic Diocese on Mendi) states:
“… I am truly overwhelmed by the work that you have put into this project …. We are not accustomed to this level of professionalism…
Your visit was providential and the professional services that you provided were utterly necessary if we have any hope of moving forward in any reasonable way in the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes that have rocked the region beginning in 26 February 2018.”
Partner Housing provides funding and technical support for rebuilding programs following natural disasters. Save Gibitngal Island Associations worked closely with Partner Housing to rebuild and improve living conditions in the Philippines. Jason Spurr (President of SGIA) wrote:
“… I would like to thank Partner Housing Australasia for the generous assistance …. to:
Rebuild after the destruction caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan by providing design, initial supervision and funding assistance for the building of typhoon resistant shelter houses of which 8 were built; and
For agreeing to SGIA utilising the remaining funds for a sanitation program on Gibitngil consisting of outhouses (toilets) for large needy families with a minimum of 5 children …”
These are just a few extracts from communications with some of the partners and beneficiaries of the Partner Housing programs. Further references and details of particular past and present Partner Housing programs are available on request.