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CHINESE WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION DONATES IN VANUATU Vanuatu group targets disadvantaged women, kids

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post) - The Chinese Women’s Association has been supporting communities and organizations throughout Vanuatu for over three years, focusing on disadvantaged groups of women and children.

This year alone, the association donated computer equipment to area schools, raised money to support the sick children of Port Vila Central Hospital, and provided assistance to the International Women’s Group of Vanuatu.

The latest donation was made to six groups from the islands of Nguna, Pele, Ambrym and Efate who requested assistance from the Chinese Women’s Association of Port Vila to support their needs for clean and safe drinking water.

[PIR editor’s note: Ngunu and Pele are outer islands of Efate, the third largest and most populous island in Vanuatu. Ambrym is the fifth largest island in the country.]

This latest donation by the Chinese Women’s Association saw 1100 liters of water tanks donated to Tangovauwia Primary School (Pele Island), Melemaat Primary School (Efate), Sessivi Secondary School (Ambrym), Eton Village (Efate), Malaliu Kindergarten (Nguna) and the Freshwater Women’s Group (Port Vila).

In one case, students from West Ambrym were forced to travel over 20 kilometers to collect freshwater for the school.

A handing over ceremony took place on the afternoon of December 21 at Fiberglass Vanuatu Ltd. Madame Wu, wife of the Chinese Ambassador to Vanuatu and advisor to the Chinese Women’s Association was on hand to officially hand over the water tanks.

Speeches were given by Chinese Women’s Association President Marie Ng, and representatives from different organizations.

Marie Ng said that "the Chinese Women’s Association believes that healthy and prosperous communities mean a better nation for us all".

With climate change predicted to severely impact freshwater supplies in Vanuatu over the coming years, the Chinese Women’s Association is glad to be able to help these organizations in their planning for future development.

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