Another successful Global Grant project was completed at Asanvari School, Moewa Island, Vanuatu recently. The project was funded by a Rotary Global Grant with the support management of SHaRM and the technical supervision of Cyrille Mainguy Company.
The village of Asanvari is located on the island of Maewo. Potable water supply has always been a challenge and Cyclone Harold (February 2020) destroyed the basic water catchment (and most structures in the villages). Collecting rainwater provides all of the supply to the village. The focus of this Global Grant was to restore to the communities the ability to harvest and store potable water.
The newly constructed Water and Sanitation Catchment structure provides the school with clean water needs, while the area below the Roof catchment provides for two classroom areas. The structure is designed to withstand extreme winds and will provide a long-term safe shelter for the village and Asanvari Primary School. The new toilet facilities will be beneficial not only for the existing 165 pikininis to Year 7 coming from Asanvari and surrounding villages but also for any influx of school-aged evacuees coming from nearby Islands, as a result of severe cyclone damage in the future. In addition, with the improved hygienic conditions and water storage, more tourists will be drawn to visit this remote area’s attractions. From start to almost finished, it took eight weeks, plus the time involved in project planning.
Members of Rotary Santo attended the special official opening organised by the community with an overwhelming welcome made to the Rotary Santo delegation led by President Heinrick Seosse.