What kind of development is happening in the Pacific Islands?
Find out! Global Development Group Project Officer Flora Chong recently visited several Pacific Island projects and saw the progress taking place in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji.
First stop, J861N Saora Community Development Project, a new project in the Solomon Islands where a chicken farming business is flourishing and helping develop sustainability in the remote village. “There were around 800 chickens in the farm. They are also planning to raise goats which will eventually not only provide income for sustainability but also a rural training centre, building capacity in the surrounding villages as well,” Flora reported.
In Vanuatu, J738NR LFTN Emergency Relief Project has worked tirelessly to provide assistance in the wake of Cyclone Pam that brought devastation to the nation of small islands last March. “I visited the workstation where house-kits that can withstand a category five cyclone are being assembled. These kits are then sent out from Port Vila to a number of cyclone affected islands so that hopefully the same amount of destruction won’t ever happen again”, Flora said. The project has supplied over 5,000 roofs to more than 600 houses in Vanuatu islands such as Efate, Erromango, Nyuna, and Emau.
Flora, then flew to Espiritu Santo to visit the J749N Sanma Social Enterprise Project. “This project empowers disabled people to set up their own businesses in order to be self-sustainable and contribute to their communities. It’s also the first ever training and rehabilitation centre established in Sanma province—very exciting!” Flora said. She also visited J404N Vanuatu Community Development Project in Seaside Community. Flora was accompanied by Global Development Group representatives Brenda and Jayden Pearson for the Vanuatu leg.
In Fiji, Flora visited three of seven preschool campuses in Suva and Savusavu. “Project J352 Pre Schools Fiji is making a wonderful difference in the city, settlement communities and also in remote areas,” she said, “Family visitation and counselling are carried out consistently and the preschools are well known for their quality education and the academic and social performances of their graduates”.
Throughout her trip Flora observed how the lives of children, disabled youth and adults are being changed through education, vocational training, WASH (water, sanitation, health) and other programs. “To me, this monitoring trip was a great success in terms of relationship building with project partners and also working further towards accomplishing the goals of each project,” Flora said.