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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Oct. 4) – Samasodu community in Isabel province, Solomon Islands, is now connected to the rest of the world following the opening of a PFnet email station last Friday.

Funded by Isabel Province Development Project (IPDP) and the United Nations Development Project (UNDP), the email station will enable the community to access information from anywhere in the world.

Chief Edward Vunagi said his community is no longer isolated.

"My people now have a voice and can now participate in building this nation, in collaboration with our provincial and national government," he said. "We can now communicate and work with our government in service-delivery, and this initiative in Isabel can replicate to other provinces with the same objectives."

Representative from Pfnet, Randall Biliki, said Samasodu makes Isabel Province highly connected in terms of communication.

He said the province was fortunate with five stations established around the province.

[PIR editor’s note: Isabel province, also known as Santa Isabel island, is located northwest of Guadalcanal island – where the capital city of Honiara, Solomon Islands is located. Pfnet –People First Network – is an award-wining nonprofit organization funded by the United Nations and other international donors, dedicated to rural networking in the Solomons through wireless communications.]

October 5, 2005

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