ADRA receives $2m from European Union
Honiara, Solomon Islands
Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Solomon Islands signed the first 21 agreements out of 28 projects to be funded by the European Union.
Funding exceeds $US2 million and the projects will target 55 villages in the nine provinces of the Solomon Islands. Completion is scheduled for May 18, 2013.
Six new clinics will be constructed and 12 renovated. Two staff houses and community toilets will be built at each clinic, while solar power will be installed to run a fridge to store vaccines. Lighting and a permanent water supply will also be provided.
Many of the clinics are part of the “Adopt-a-Clinic” program, an initiative of the South Pacific Division.
In addition, 37 other villages will receive a permanent water system and awareness training on sanitation, hygiene and general health. Most are on isolated islands and atolls, where people are forced to drink brackish water.
Jones Adventist College (Vella Lavella, Western Province) will receive a new dining hall and kitchen.
A further three villages will receive coconut mills to support their economy by making coconut oil.
ADRA Solomon Islands has been provided with two large vessels to transport all the materials and technical support required to complete the projects.
Some villages still require Adopt-a-Clinic partners: Baniata, Viru, Valasi, Mataga, Su’ulopo, Manuopo and Honoa. A partner is also needed for Jones Adventist College.
For more details on these projects contact ADRA Solomon Islands country director Barry Chapman at <email@example.com> or the SPD Health Department.