Issue No. 05/2021 – Tuesday, 26 January 2021 (Kitiona Tausi)
The Director of CARE International in the Pacific based in Dunedin, New Zealand, Anna Bryan in a virtual handing over ceremony yesterday afternoon at the Rt Hon Sir Dr Tomasi Puapua Convention Center officially handed over handwashing kits to the Government of Tuvalu.
The hand washing hygiene kits are in a container at the main wharf and the content of the container contains 3,600 soaps, 160 cartons of synthesiser, 1,800 water taps, and 1800hand towels which will be distributed by Live & Learn Tuvalu, CARE’s working partner in Tuvalu.
During the virtual handing over ceremony this afternoon, the Director of CARE International in the Pacific based in Dunedin, New Zealand, Anna Bryan was able to brief the Government and Live & Learn Tuvalu about the project. She explained that the hand washing hygiene kits were secured by CARE International and financed by USAID under the COVID-10 Mitigation and Preparedness Pacific Project.
Anna explained that CARE International is a non-governmental organization that works around the globe in projects that would achieve special justice. In the Pacific CARE works on community development and humanitarian works in their own community.
“Live & Learn Tuvalu is very fortunate to have the trust of CARE to implement this initiative of CARE in Tuvalu.
“This is the first project coordinated by CARE International in Tuvalu and I hope this would not be the last one, said Anna.
“In Tuvalu, the project is led by Live and Learn Tuvalu with the backing of their Government and the coordination of the Pacific Society. It’s the first time that CARE and Live and Learn has worked together to support programming in Tuvalu, it’s very exciting for us, although we won’t take care so much as we provide technical supporting background, and you see Live & Learn team working alongside government.
“The objective of the project is to support communities to understand and mitigate the risk of COVID-19 and that is why we are ensuring households across Tuvalu have access to the Handwashing kits. The kits contain items that assist family to wash their hands and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“We are very grateful that there has not been any community transmission of COVID-19 in Tuvalu and acknowledged the strong and actions by the Government of Tuvalu to protect Tuvaluans and as well as their efforts to really bringing solutions to society and their response.
“While the pandemic does continue widely, there is always risks and this project made possible by US and with the support and leadership from the Government of Tuvalu will provide support to families in Tuvalu to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and stabilize.
“It also recognizes the important roles that civil society can take much with the Live and Learn Tuvalu with the community engagement and outreach in supporting Government.”
In his remarks during this handing over ceremony, Excellency Tony Gleubel the Charge d’ Affairs ad interim, United States Head of Mission in Suva, Fiji stated, “this is my first event with Tuvalu and I am looking forward to learning more about Tuvalu and also to visit Tuvalu in the near future, probably last in the year.”
“US Government has provided significant assistance to prevent and respond to COVID-19 across the Pacific and we commend the nation of Tuvalu for their continuous status as one of the few COVID free nations in the world, really something to be proud of.
We see the deaths and illness cause by this disease and we are grateful that our friends in Tuvalu has so far successfully prevented this pandemic from reaching their shores.
“The impacts of COVID -19 has been felt across Tuvalu’s foreshores and economic structures and we understand communities are increasingly strained. What concerns about these impacts, we are committed with Tuvalu to strengthen their health and education systems to adapt to this new normal of COVID-19.
“In Tuvalu, USAID’s Office of humanitarian assistance is pleased to support the work of CARE and local partner, Live & Learn Tuvalu to bolster community health and water, sanitation and hygiene services throughout the atoll nation and educate vulnerable communities including people with disabilities, children and families how to stay healthy.
“So local partnerships and organizations are the backbone of community response and key agents for the journey to self-reliance.
“I look forward to learning more about what is happening in Tuvalu and discussing this project with government and civil society and hoping to visit Tuvalu may be later this year.
As a recipient of the handwashing hygiene kits, Hon Minister of Local Government and Agriculture in representing the people and the Government of Tuvalu acknowledged receipt of the kits and he expressed Government’s deep appreciation to the people and Government of America under the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance Programme and for CARE International for such a great assistance to prevent people from being affected by the pandemic COVID-19.
Even-though Tuvalu is still free from the COVID-19, “our communities need to be prepared,” said Hon Laoi.
“This ministry works very closely with Live and Learn Tuvalu and I know that Live and Learn Tuvalu will ensure that each household in Tuvalu will have those hand-wash hygiene kits. We also conduct training to each household and provide each household with information on good handwashing practices.
“My ministry will provide support to Live & Learn to ensure that all household in Tuvalu will get the handwashing hygiene kits and their trainings on hand-washing.
Live & Learn Tuvalu Director, Teuleala Moresi on behalf of Live & Learn International, thanked CARE Office in Fiji and New Zealand for assisting the Tuvalu Office to organize this event, Thanks also to Anna Bryan and Tony Greubel for participating in this event.
Hon Minister, Katepu Laoi was joined by the Ministry’s CEO, Taufia Patolo. Learn & Live WASH project is coordinated by Meiema Lusama.