Build a new school for the Wilak community
Your donation will directly support the Wilak community in getting a new school built. Meeting the needs of the Wilak community.Wellington
Vanuatu is made up of 83 island archipelago situated in the “South Pacific Ocean. Its name being derived from the word vanua (‘land’ or ‘home’) and the word tu (‘stand’). Together the words indicate the independent status of the country that was granted in 1980 from British and French rule.
The Beautiful Wilak
One of these incredible island is Malekula. A majestic island which is culturally rich and linguistically diverse with over thirty distinct dialects spoken. Hidden away at the end of the road in the North-Western part of the island is the village of Wilak. This village operates without electricity, internet, phone communication or easy access to medical care. It is entirely self-sufficient, however the significance of education and what it can mean for their children and their village is valued.
The Local School
The school offers Early Childhood and Primary Educations services to 2 local villages but as can be seen from the photos below the school has become run down and has recently been advised by the Vanuatu Ministry of Education and Training that it is no longer fit for purpose. The cost to build a basic school that can meet the needs of the surrounding community is significant for this community. Traditionally the village would sell copra to fund community needs but with the price in copra dropping significantly in recent times extra help is needed.
Funding and support for a new school
After continuing relationships with locals at Wilak around supporting them towards a new school. They have gained plans, costings and logistics to help up get the school built.
24,150 NZ is required to ensure multiple generations can attend a school that can survive cyclones and the harsh nature of the environment while providing a cool and functional teaching space. The design for the school has been approved by the Education Ministry.
An 11m x 6m building will serve as primary school facilities for 2 local villages.
Plans for the building can be seen below.
Drew Delany's involvement (page creator)
We stayed with the Wilak community while visiting Vanuatu and have stayed in contact.
Use of funds
The total amount equates to 6 peoples labour and all the building materials required to make the classroom.
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This page was created on 13 Jul 2019 and closed on 7 Jan 2020.