Out with the old and in with this brand new complex complete with extra water storage for toilet use ready for the commencement of the final term of the school year.

Thanks to a very successful 2018 fundraising drive undertaken last November/December by SHaRM Foundation members in both Vanuatu and Melbourne, Australia – SHaRM Foundation are all delighted and proud to be handing over this deluxe 8 toilets and 2 shower complex for the pikininis and community of Manua Centre Primary School. On behalf of all contributors and donors including Australian Aid this project has been managed by SHaRM Foundation member Stu Friend.

SHaRM understands the need for ensuring longevity and maintenance of these complexes and it is pleased to see that this training within schools and communities is being now being undertaken and implemented by the MOET as part of their school training enabling proper care and maintenance to be followed by all school users under their WASH training program.

It is very important to maintain a high level of hygiene in these complex, this being the largest toilet complex constructed by SHaRM Foundation. Other toilet projects have been either 2 or 4 toilet complexes completed at schools in Maewo (Naone and Narovorovo); Amyee Kindergarten, Mele Community Kindergarten plus refurbished or finishing projects at Suango Imere School, Tanoliu School, and just being completed this month at Eles School on Nguna Island with a Rotary team from Bowral-Mittigong.

SHaRM Foundation members Stuart Friend (Project Manager), Steph Neilson (Project Coordinator) and Rod Neilson (Member) were joined by Project Donors Australian Aid (Helen Sese), and Cyrille Mainguy represented by Patterson Saru.

The handover at Manua Centre Primary School on 6th September 2019 took place in the school grounds and was witnessed by many donors and supporters including the Australian High Commission who assisted SHaRM Foundation with material funding.

The Ministry of Education, represented by Director Samuel Katipa received the keys to the complex from Stuart Friend on behalf of SHaRM Foundation declaring the complex open and ready for business.

The Director then passed the keys on to the School Chairman on behalf of the School and Community.

The pikinini of Manua School entertained the guests with music and songs during the morning before the official handover and unveiling of the signboard.

A highlight for the school was the inclusion of a turtle sea-world mural undertaken by Gold Coast Mural Artist Emma Alyce who came in from Australia to add this very special final touch to this complex as part of the Project build. Officially the turtle was named on the day as “Walter”, a name selected by the pikinini in appreciation of the work completed on the building by foreman Walter Saidy.

A special thanks goes out to all the SHaRM Foundation donors and many in-kind donors to this project — Cyrille Mainguy and his team; Alain Lew from Port Vila Hardware; BlueScope; Top Signs; Mick O’Brien (Van Ag); Byond Disaster Relief New Zealand (Lyndon Tamblyn); Ernie Kirsten and Kirsten Trust, NZ Builders Andy Ross and Greg Laws; the Australian High Commission for their support to our application for funding; donors to our Facebook Campaign, generous donors to our Melbourne Cup and Melbourne based events…. without their continuing generosity, these projects would now not be possible.

This is SHaRM Foundation’s 17th infrastructure build in Vanuatu assisting 12 individual Schools since Cyclone PAM in March 2015. Planning has already commenced for a continuation of projects in 2020 for the SHaRM team and their circle of donors. These proposals are well underway to seek funding assistance to commence the 2020 projects. If you wish to be part of the group donors or make a donation towards the 2020 project — please contact sharm.foundation@gmail.com.

SHaRM Foundation welcomes new donors to become part of the successful assistance group improving school facilities where they have identified a genuine need and are extremely thankful to all those generous donors who continue to support their projects, improving education facilities for pikininis in Vanuatu.

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