Lelei community access clean drinking water at their door step

Community leader Michael Ben (L) received the water catchment system from ANZ head of retail banking Lyn Fa'arodo and World Vision country Operational Manager Brooks Dodge during the handing over ceremony at Lelei village.

Community leader Michael Ben (L) received the water catchment system from ANZ head of retail banking Lyn Fa’arodo and World Vision country Operational Manager Brooks Dodge during the handing over ceremony at Lelei village.

LELEI community in North West Guadalcanal, Tandai ward one is the latest to have access to clean drinking water at their very door steps thanks to Australia and New Zealand Bank (ANZ) in partnership with World Vision Solomon Islands (WVSI).

This was made possible after ANZ in partnership with WVSI funded and installed a 3000 liter water tank under the WVSI Water supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project, directly related to the April flash flood last year.

The installation of the rain catchment system (water tank) at the community is to ensure people have access to clean drinking water.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony  on 21st Monday ANZ head of retail banking Officer Lyn Fa’arodo said that it was ANZ continuous support in partnership with WVSI to assist people in most affected communities.

“Water is life and to ensure women and children have access to clean drinking water is paramount,” she said.

She added that ANZ will continue to work together in partnership with WVSI, other stakeholders and NGOs in the country to ensure it renders services that will improve people’s livelihood.

“Maybe the help is not big enough but we want to show our hearts and give want we have to the people and at the same time ensure our aid will also be a benefit to the future generation,” Ms Fa’arodo said.

WVSI operational manager Brooks Dodge thanked ANZ bank for funding the water system (WASH) project and acknowledged ANZ for its continuous support towards WVSI in carrying out its response assistance in the aftermath of the April flash flood.

“We are today grateful of this partnership (WVSI/ANZ bank).

“70 per cent of household don’t have access to water in Solomon Islands.

“And World Vision is dedicated in its duty to ensure all communities have access to clean and safe drinking water and improve living standard via its WASH project,” he said.

“I believe with this new installed water tank, it will make a big difference in the lives of the community adding it’s your responsibility to take care of the system for future generations,” he added.

Hemah Aquillah, World Vision SI Urban WASH project coordinator appreciates both ANZ bank in partnership with WVSI and the community (Lelei) for their collaboration in the fruition of the project.

Meanwhile, Michael Ben, community leader thanked both ANZ bank and WVSI for the support rendered.

“On behalf of my community we expressed our appreciation and joy to thank ANZ for funding this rain catchment system for our community. Also we acknowledge the continuous support and assistance of WVSI for recommending this WASH project to our community.”

Ben added that last year his community was also privilege to have four permanent toilets and reconnection of their water supply from Tuvaruhu which damage during the flooding thanks to European Union (EU) and WVSI.

The rain catchment system project will help provide clean drinking water to twenty household of 115 people (population) in Lelei village.

By STEPHEN DIISANGO

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