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Monday, March 30, 2009

Australia supports water supply project for Sulagwalu community in North Malaita

The Australian High Commission is pleased to announce its support for the Sulagwalu Water Projects through the Direct Aid Program (DAP).

The Sulagwalu Water Project has provided clean drinking water to a community of 300 people in North Malaita. Australia provided $30,000 for the construction of the water supply.

Australian Deputy High Commissioner, Ms Alison Duncan and Second Secretary, Hannah Churton, visited the project during a recent trip to Malaita.

Ms Duncan said Australia was pleased to be able to assist community groups and organisations from all over Solomon Islands to enhance skills, improve living standards and build community confidence through the Direct Aid Program.

“Every projects, in its own small way, helps Solomon Islands as a whole to become a more peaceful, self-confident and prosperous nation”, she said.

On visiting the Sulagwalu water supply, Ms Duncan saw how the community had used local innovation to construct the water supply, which had taken a number of years to complete. Before the project, women in the village had to walk long distances to access clean water.

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a small grants program designed to help community groups improve their living standards. DAP will provide SB$500 000 for 30 community projects across Solomon Islands this year.

The High Commission welcomes DAP applications from communities that need a helping hand to achieve their goals.

Source: Solomon Star

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