In May, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Jonathan Lee Yoo was welcomed by the community of Moamoa Fou celebrating the opening of the newly installed water tank through a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Moamoa Fou was one of the villages targeted under the USAID – US Agency for International Development REACH Project. Over 460 people in the area received educational sessions and a supply of handwashing soap. The village also received a 10,000L water tank to serve their most vulnerable populations that lack access to water.
For the last 8 months, Caritas Samoa has undertaken the project titled Ready Environments Addressing COVID-19 and Hygiene (REACH) to build community resilience and strengthen emergency response on the ground. The total beneficiaries are 7,375 people from over 20 villages in Upolu.
Through funding from the USAid, with support from support from Catholic Relief Services, and working with the Ministry of Health and the Independent Water Scheme Association, Caritas Samoa has reached 3,000 households with educational sessions and hygiene promotion, prepositioned 625 hygiene kits, and installed 10,000L water tanks in nine villages with water scarcity.