VANUATU RECEIVES JAPAN FUNDS FOR WATER PROJECT

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$90,000 to pipe water to Etas

By Godwin Ligo PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, Sept. 28, 2010) – In Vanuatu, the Etas community now has over 1,100 people from all six provinces.

The population of Etas is still growing as more people from Port Vila come to acquire more land in the Etas area.

[PIR editor’s note: The Etas community is within Efate, Vanuatu’s most populous Island with an estimated population of 50,000 inhabitants and a land area of 899.5 square kilometers.]

The community has just received over 9 Million vatu [US$90,000] from the Japanese Government to pipe water from 5 kilometer source at Lololima down to Etas.

The community Chief Willie Samuel has called on the national authorities to provide a primary school and a clinic to the community with the population already reaching over 1,100.

He told Daily Post that the community has elected a Committee of which he is the President to look into their welfare and maintain peace and unity among all different islands and provincial groupings that form Etas community.

While some of the Etas community members work in Port Vila, some are people who live in the capital but have bought land there, and are mostly ni-Vanuatu from different islands in the country.

Chief Samuel said as the number of the families grow, so is the need to have primary school and clinic.

He said schools and clinics in the capital centers are quite a long way and the current population figure justify the need for the community to have its own school and clinic.

Work will soon begin on piping Etas water from Lololima down to Etas.

According to Rural Water Supply Engineer Kalbram Gershom, the project will take about 2 – 3 months to complete from the time orders are placed for the piping materials to the turning on of the water supply by the community members.

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