Words of appreciation – Thank You!

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Dear Editor,
THE disaster authorities in the Solomon Islands are thanked for having delivered fresh water supplies to the people of the Reef Islands affected by volcanic ash after the eruption of Tinakulu in Temotu Province.
 
There had been disturbing reports that the people in the most affected parts of the Reef Islands had only have a few days worth of fresh water and coconuts to survive on as heavy rain had washed toxic ash into waterways and storage tanks.
 
Because of a no fly zone being in place after the eruption, the fresh water had to be conveyed by sea, taking some 20 hours to reach the stricken area.
 
On Guadalcanal a team of Australian volunteers are praised for having helped to build a new dining hall at Tenakonga School, situated in the highlands North of East Guadalcanal.
 
The new 525 square metre dining hall will help the school cope with the ever increasing demand for facilities as student numbers continue to rise.
 
Thanks due as well to the second batch of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) volunteers who recently arrived in the country to serve.
 
Up to 10 volunteers have been dispatched to do voluntary work in Honiara and in the provinces.

Five of the group will be serving as health workers throughout the country while others will serve in different fields.

The first Japanese volunteers, who arrived in the country early this year, are currently going on well with their various tasks.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Frank Short
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