11 May 2015
AUSTRALIA’S DIRECT AID PROGRAM PROVIDES CLEAN DRINKING WATER TO STUDENTS AT ST JOSEPH’S TENARU
St Joseph’s Tenaru Catholic Secondary School celebrated the opening of its new water tank facilities last week. The water supply system, which was funded by the Australian High Commission’s Direct Aid Program, includes eight new water tanks and will provide fresh drinking water to over 500 students, teachers and surrounding community members.
During the official opening on Thursday 7 May, Australian High Commission Consul-General and Counsellor, Ms Khadija Haq, applauded St Joseph’s Tenaru School for working with the Australian government to deliver water supply solutions and improve local livelihoods.
“Access to clean drinking water is essential for providing an environment in which students can grow both physically and intellectually,” said Ms Haq.
“Australia is proud to have contributed to this important investment in the health of local students and the future productivity of this country.”
The celebration was marked with a traditional warrior welcome, dancing, pan pipes and a speech from St Joseph’s Tenaru School Principal, Abraham Hihiru, thanking Australia for its funding.