Caritas Australia's Project Compassion campaign has helped secure a water supply for a vocational school for deaf students in the Solomon Islands.
Margret is a teacher at the San Isidro Care Centre. She was born deaf and understands the challenges it poses to education and employment.
The school faced water shortages for about half the year. Staff and students would walk for up to half an hour to collect water for drinking, cooking, washing and growing vegetables. Then, in April last year, Tropical Cyclone Harold struck, damaging school buildings and its vegetable garden as the threat of COVID-19 loomed.
With Caritas Australia’s support, Margret’s school installed eight large water tanks and provided cyclone-proof materials to repair the damage. It also helped the school implement COVID-19 prevention measures, and provided fabric for students to make face masks.
Margret’s school now has enough safe water to supply the school’s population of 150 and the capacity to cater for more students. It plans to boost food security by increasing its agricultural production, which will improve nutrition, boost the school’s income, and build resilience to future disasters.
“I am proud that our school community works together with Caritas Australia as our partner in ensuring that we live in a healthier environment,” Margret said.
To donate to Project Compassion, visit Caritas Australia’s website: www.caritas.org.au/ or call 1800 024 413.
Margret, Solomon Island (Caritas Australia)