28th November 2018
P&O Cruises has partnered with Live & Learn to distribute Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Systems in Vanuatu schools.
The WASH systems will assist in improving the health of school children, as well as educate them on hygienic practices.
The partnership between P&O and Live & Learn will involve the construction of WASH facilities in schools, as well as training teaching staff, school managers, and educating students in hygiene.
P&O has an ongoing commitment to supporting its Pacific Island communities and Vanuatu will benefit greatly from this initiative.
Vanuatu is a destination that has been dazzling tourists for decades and is a major highlight of many cruise holidays.
P&O Cruise President Sture Myrmell explained that the funding from the project has come from the kindness and generosity of the cruise lines guests, who have visited the island of Vanuatu and developed a connection with the locals and want to give back to the communities.
"Over many years of cruising to Vanuatu, our guests have taken the people of Vanuatu to their hearts and always appreciate the warmth and generosity of their welcome to their communities," said Mr Myrmell.
"The P&O Pacific Partnership's support for the WASH program to enhance the health and wellbeing of children reflects the warmth of such a close relationship," he said.
Christian Nielsen, Live & Learn Executive director has emphasised the need for WASH in local schools.
"The developmental benefits from access to WASH in schools are well documented, especially for girls," she said.
"These benefits include improved health for school children, increased education retention rates and strengthened participation through student-led advocacy. We are delighted to be working with P&O in this pursuit and see great benefits to children in Vanuatu from this partnership," she added.