Australian High Commission
Honiara
Solomon Islands

Australia funds water tanks for the Macedonia House of Prayer community

3 March 2017

Australia funds water tanks for the Macedonia House of Prayer community

Australian direct aid program funding of SBD $13,050 is helping the Macedonia House of Prayer community located at Gilbert camp, east of Honiara, to access safe and clean drinking water by providing three 3000-litre water tanks.

The Macedonia House of Prayer community Tank Project will provide 2500 people with access to clean drinking water through the installment of the water tanks in the Macedonia church hall building.

"Previously, people had to collect water from the creek which is sometimes polluted from other community’s upper streams; we walked down a muddy track to access water. With these water tanks, the community people will now have access to clean water nearby, rather than collecting water from the creek" said Mr. Talo, project coordinator for the Macedonia House of Prayer community.

"The Australian Government is pleased to support such a worthwhile project, one whose benefits go beyond the Macedonia House of Prayer community and will help to reduce the risk of communicable disease and ensure safe and hygienic access to drinking water, particularly for women and children", said the Australian High Commissioner, Rod Brazier. "It is also inspiring to see the work beyond this project – this community has self-funded the construction of their own community centre and have plans for further community-led development in the Gilbert camp community".

The Australian Government’s Direct Aid Program aims to improve livelihoods in some of Solomon Islands’ most remote and disadvantaged areas. Application forms can be collected from the Australian High Commission in Mud Alley or by emailing kennedy.folasi@dfat.gov.au.