Kaai's story: Creating change in Kiribati

Kaai lives on Marakei, part of the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati, where climate change is already having a huge impact.

In Kiribati, climate change has created erratic weather events, eroded the coastline, and made it difficult for Kaai’s community to find fresh water.

After fierce storms, Kaai struggled to cope with a shortage of fish – a staple food for many in Kiribati. This meant she had to rely heavily on vegetables, which are difficult to produce in Kiribati’s poor soil.

Kaai also realised that the community did not value her ideas about addressing these issues.

“Quite often we have been left out in community development programs, especially as I am a woman,” she said. “Only men or elders from my village are the ones to meet with project officers.”

Women lead food and water project

We teamed up with a local NGO, Foundation for the South Pacific Kiribati, to help Kaai and her community to access clean water and grow nutritious food. The Outer Island Food and Water Project targeted women and young people – the most vulnerable among the community.

Kaai learned gardening techniques and attended cooking demonstrations, where she learned how to prepare meals using her own produce.

Kaai also has access to a water point now. This means she no longer has to fetch water from long distances for drinking, cooking or washing.

“I am happy to say that the project has given me an opportunity to learn how to cook nutritious dishes,” said Kaai. “Having different kinds of vegetables to eat supplements the loss of fish in times of bad storms.”

Growing together

Kaai’s community has been earning extra income by selling surplus vegetables at market. By adopting new techniques and adjusting to changes in climate, Kaai’s remote island community is now more secure on their land and in their future.

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Sustainable Development Goals

1. No Poverty - Action on Poverty  2. Zero Hunger - Action on Poverty  3. Good Health and Well-Being - Action on Poverty  5. Gender Equality - Action on Poverty

6. Clean Water and Sanitation - Action on Poverty  10. Reduced Inequalities - Action on Poverty  13. Climate Action - Action on Poverty  15. Life on Land - Action on Poverty

17. Partnerships for the Goals - Action on Poverty


This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).



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