BY MAVIS NISHIMURA PODOKOLO
ST Joseph’s Tenaru National Secondary School signed an agreement with the Community Resilience to Climate and Disaster Risks in the Solomon Islands Project (CRISP) under the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology to ease the school’s water issue.
The officially signing ceremony between the two parties was held at the CRISP office in Honiara yesterday.
Principal of Tenaru School Abraham Hihiru says the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology has been very supportive to drive this initiative to reach the signing phase of the project.
“Thanks for giving us this opportunity and recognising this very important need of the school, I can only say we are very pleased we are very happy because it is one key important area which needed to be addressed and now you step in to support us and soon the school water problem will be over,” he said.
CRISP project Coordinator Ms Mary Alalo says this project falls under component C of the project where MECDM really work to build up vulnerable communities to manage the impact of climate change.
“With regards to this Tenaru have been assessed that it is vulnerable to flooding and other climate and environmental risks so it made it eligible to be funded under the CRISP project,” she said.
The project will be of highbred system including collecting water underground and harvesting of rain water for drinking with a total cost of $390,000.
The next phased to proceed to is transferring of money to the school account to finance the implementation of the project.