Water tanks for 26 families
Some 26 families will receive new water tanks and another 900 will benefit from a project promoting food and water security and hygiene in preparation for the coronavirus pandemic.
The project is being implemented through a partnership between Caritas Samoa and the Adventist Development Relief Agency (A.D.R.A.) Samoa.
It is funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade under the Australian Humanitarian Partnership.
Sala Georgina Bonin, the Coordinator of Programmes for Caritas Samoa told the Samoa Observer that 26 families will receive water tanks from next week onwards.
“This project is coming through A.D.R.A. Australia, then to A.D.R.A. Samoa and in partnership with Caritas Samoa,” she said.
Sala said the programme will focus on the delivery of water and sanitation products to vulnerable families in Samoa.
That includes the provision of new water tanks but also raising COVID-19 preparedness.
“[Our focus will be on] what to do in order to improve health standards at [families’ homes] so that they will not be impacted [by COVID-19] if it ever comes to Samoa which we are blessed that it is not here right now.
“A.D.R.A. Samoa will be delivering agricultural seedlings to people to maintain their food source should [COVID-19] get in the country [...] if they are isolated it is always good to have your [...own] food supply.
“[We] will also be delivering hygiene kits.
“We have been out to visit very poor families in Upolu and Savai’i such as [those in]: Fogapoa, Falelatai, Matatufu.
“Families we have seen so far are in great need, we are confident that the water tanks [...] are going out are for the right people.
“There will be 18 tanks for Savai’i with the remaining eight distributed in Upolu.
“With [the] COVID-19 pandemic, so many donors are focusing their assistance [on] countries [already struck by the disease] in order to help them to address the needs and build up preparedness amongst the population.
“For Samoa, we have not been struck by the [epidemic] so far but you never know.
“The idea originated [for this work originated from] dialogues between Governments and donor partners with agencies such as us Caritas and A.D.R.A.”
said that several families in Samoa remained without access to proper water supply despite it being the year 2020.
“I think that it is critical to get the assistance out particularly to the families,” Sala said.
“During the measles epidemic last year when we went out to distribute assistance for families in rural areas, we saw so many families that did not have access to water.
“Representatives from Fogapoa visited our office with a request of water tanks and we went out to do assessments.”
Sala advised families to take care of their water tanks and invited other families in need to visit their office.