The WASH Koro Project has released a series of practical KoroSan guidelines to support uptake of improved sanitation services in Fijian villages and settlements. Seven of the guidelines provide technical information for water-flushed and dry toilet options. The eighth guideline addresses participatory approaches to engage communities to build knowledge and capacity to mobilise and support water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) improvements their villages and settlements. The KoroSan guidelines can be freely downloaded from www.niwa.co.nz/korosan
The guidelines were developed and field-tested with 3 partner villages in Viti Levu in consultation with the Fiji Department of Water and Sewage and Ministry of Health. The WASH Koro project Mobilising community-led water supply, sanitation and hygiene improvements in Fijian villages is a collaborative participatory project that aims to provide self-help tools to mobilise communities to recognise and address their own water supply, sanitation and health/hygiene needs. The project team brings together expertise of Chris Tanner and Rebecca Stott (NIWA), Andrew Dakers (ecoEng Ltd) and Ann Winstanley ESR/Creative Questions from New Zealand along-side the in-country knowledge and skills of Viliame Jeke (JecoEng), and the Institute of Applied Science at University of the South Pacific. It builds on the learning and capacity developed in its predecessor Wai Votua Project (which involved the implementation of WASH in a coastal village of 300 people), but instead works at a smaller house by house–scale. The project was supported by the New Zealand Aid Programme through the Partnerships for International Development Fund of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.