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Helping schools and communities in the Solomon Islands

Chief Robert Satu, his daughter and Garry Cratt discussing the installation of the water tank

Chief Robert Satu and Garry Cratt open the water tank for use

Little girl drinks from the water tank

Garry unpacks the paper donation

Garry discusses the donations with local newspapers

View from the Fishing Village School

Young boys go for a swim near the Fishing Village School

Av-Comm has had a long relationship with the people of the Solomon Islands since we started working with Solomon Telekom and Telekom Television in 1996 and provided the first two television transmitters for the country, which provided the Solomon Islanders with with coverage of the ABC and BBC. Since then we have made efforts to support the local communities, especially local schools which often go without sufficient government funding to support the continued education of children.

In October 2015, Garry Cratt and Michael Cratt made a donation of a water tank after noticing that the school’s opening hours were restricted as there was no fresh water for the children to drink throughout the day. This meant that students and teachers were often forced to go home early due to a lack of water despite their need to continue teaching and learning.

On our most recent trip to the Solomon Islands for our continuing regional television distribution project, we were able to revisit the Fishing Village School in Honiara for the opening of the water tank for use on Thursday 21 January 2016. The water tank was installed by local community members and it is hoped that the water tank will offer the students and their teachers the opportunity to maintain regular school hours for the success of future generations in the Solomon Islands.

In this same visit, Garry and Michael offered donations of 100 reams of writing paper, dictionaries and storybooks for the children to use in class, having previously learned that the children were often left without paper to write and draw on.

We are very grateful to the Fishing Village community and Chief Robert Satu for accepting these donations in support of the education of its children, and to Solomon Telekom for facilitating the transport of the donation from Australia to the Solomon Islands. We look forward to continuing our support of local communities in the Solomon Islands into the future.

Read the Solomon Star News coverage of Av-Comm’s support here.

Read The Island Sun’s coverage of Av-Comm’s support here.