US-Winrock to begin awareness in Malaita

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THE US-funded Winrock SCALE-NRM programme in Malaita province will begin its awareness to communities next week.

First up is East Malaita.

A one and half week awareness programme has been set and a team from Winrock office in Auki will be visiting communities in East Malaita starting next week.

President of MALAMOI Council of Chiefs, Mr Knoxly Atu who is supporting Winrock in coordinating the visit to East Malaita told this paper preparation is underway for the programme.

He said the awareness is an important component of the SCALE project, to inform resource owners on programmes and activities under the project for Malaita.

Atu also said through the awareness, people will learn of SCALE and is also a chance to discuss and raise queries they may have.

Importantly, he said the consultation is a preparation on how resource owners and Winrock would partner to implement SCALE for the benefit of Malaitans.

Winrock team will leave on Monday next week for ward 14 of East Fataleka to begin community consultations.

The team is scheduled to hold awareness sessions at Bethel (Monday), Subobono and Manu (Tuesday) and Onefala and Adaliua (Wednesday) to complete ward 14.

On Thursday, the team will have awareness at Gete and Atori substation and a half-day session at Faumamanu scheduled for Friday to complete ward 15.

In the afternoon of Friday, the team will meet with the people of Kwai/Ngongosila Islands and on Saturday (May 22) to Nafinua station and Busuone.

The team proposed a visit to Leli Island on Sunday (May 23) and their last two community awareness programmes for ward 15 will be at Kwaiafa School and Fera’abu community centre on May 24.

On May 25, the team will hold their last awareness at Kwaiabu in ward four before returning to Auki in the afternoon of that day.

Around 100 villages in East Malaita will attend the awareness talk.