Ni-Vans World Vision team paid a visit to Solomon

BY SAMIE WAIKORI

A team from World Vision Vanuatu is in the country on an exchange visit to learn from Melanesian Rural Market Innovation Driven program under World Vision known as the “Mermaid project.”

The team consisted of five members and led by the Manager for Climate Resilience Livelihood Portfolio World Vision Vanuatu, Ms Florence Bule.

In an interview upon their visit to attend a Mermaid Food Fair program at Gwouna’oa in Malaita province this week, she said they privileged to learn from Mermaid project World Vision Solomon.

She said World Vision Vanuatu has implemented similar Mermaid project to that in Solomon Islands and they are working with 8 communities.

Bule said the visit is to learn from how Mermaid Team Solomon has work with their communities. This is on supports provided on farming, saving and how they engage with youths under the project.

She said the team had a good interaction with Gwouna’oa community during the visit and a stand-out thing they learned was how the community put into action what they learned from the program.

Bule said they saw farming activity and projects such as piggery and poultry implemented by the community saving club through the grant assistance of the project.

She said the Mermaid project in Vanuatu is also on the same path, but unlike Solomon, they are yet to go into the small grant assistance.

According to Ms Bule, they’ve learned a lot from dialogue with community of Gwouna’oa especially on how they implement and benefit from the grant.

She said the visit is a bonus for them and from ideas learned, they will go back and put together to strengthen their work with Mermaid communities in Vanuatu.

“As we will go back, we will try and contextualize what we have learned and make it suitable to work with our people,” Bule said.

Also, she said the Mermaid project Vanuatu is yet to organize a food fair program and their experiences from the food fair program by Mermaid Solomon, they could organize similar event.

Bule said this will make farmers feel appreciated and proud of what they produce.

The team left Auki yesterday to Honiara and will leave Honiara to back to Port Villa, Vanuatu soon. 

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