Plan International in The Solomon Islands
Our local team has been working in the Solomon Islands since 2017 to support children from their early development through to adolescence to lead happy and healthy lives with equal opportunities regardless of the age and gender.
The Solomon Islands is made up of over 900 islands, many of which are vulnerable to climate change and disaster. More people are moving from remote communities to the city in search of opportunities for employment.
- Climate change and rising sea levels are seeing populations forced to leave their homes.
- In Isabel Province, sanitation rates sit at a very low 6% with many going to the toilet out in the open, causing disease to spread.
- Gender inequality is entrenched with 73% of women believing a man in justified in beating his wife in some circumstances.
- Girls and young women face significant threats to their personal safety, including sexual harassment, assault and violence, particularly in the growing number of informal settlements.
HOW WE’RE HELPING
We’re working with children and communities to build their capacity to respond to climate change and natural disasters that threaten their homes, schools and livelihoods.
We’re engaging with leaders to address policies that hold girls back and reinforce existing inequalities – like forcing girls to drop out of school if they fall pregnant – and to listen to girls when it comes to their safety in the city.
We’re working with communities in Isabel Province to understand the impact of open defecation (going to the toilet in the open) on their health and engaging with them to build their own toilets (ensuring women are included in the process).
We’re working in communities, schools and health clinics to improve access to improved sanitation, and health and hygiene behaviour change.
Our projects in the Solomon Islands are funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP), the Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP) Disaster Ready program, and the DFAT Water for Women fund. In the case of ANCP projects, these projects are complemented with funds generously donated to Plan International Australia from the Australian public.