BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
YOUTH, Sports and Women Division (YSWD) of the Honiara City Council and volunteers are appreciative of the New Zealand High Commission’s second secretary Ms Esther Jens work with young people in Honiara.
On Sunday 21, they have organized a get together to farewell and acknowledge her work with the HCC-YSWD and Honiara Youth Council which resulted in a New Zealand funded project to upgrade and make an extension of the multipurpose hall.
During the gathering, HCC-YSWD and HYC gave gifts of appreciation to Ms Jens who worked as the Second Secretary of Development for the New Zealand High Commission in Solomon Islands.
The Head of Division for YSWD Mr Roland GK Pauku said, Ms Jens work with YSWD was amazing and has an impressive fruition.
“Partnership and collaboration is just amazing, a relationship that produces results” Mr Pauku said
HCC Youth Development Officer, Mrs Mary Tuhaika during the gathering commended Ms Jens’ work which contributes to youth development programme for the past 12 months within the Honiara city.
“You are a legend because you have facilitated a project that will benefit young people now and entire generation ahead, hope when the project completes you could come and see for yourself the fruition of your hard work,” Mrs Tuhaika said.
Ms Jens said she was excited to work with HCC-YSWD and HYC including young people in Honiara where they now see the success of this project because of their partnership and corporation.
She adds involvement of young people in consultation, workshop and planning process towards the project was greatly recognized and appreciated as well.
“Without advice and constant dialogue with YSWD, the project will not reach this stage,” Ms Jens said.
HYC President Mr Harry James Olikwailafa said, working with Ms Jens was amazing. Her simple character and contributions to the development of young people in Honiara city will be a legacy of friendship.
HYC Programme Coordinator, Mr Bobby Siarani also acknowledged New Zealand High Commission and Ms Jens saying she has done an amazing work in supporting youth development.
As of last year, Ms Jens had been working in partnership with YSWD for consultation and workshop to upgrade and extension of the multipurpose hall both indoor and outdoor.
Funding for upgrade came from the New Zealand Aid programme, and construction work is now underway.