Posted by Dr. Murray Garde
Pentecost Island School RAWCS Project in Vanuatu
The Bay Barrier village of about 400 people is located on the extremely remote south-east coast of Pentecost Island in Vanuatu. After the damage caused by Cyclone Pam in March 2015, the Byron Bay Rotary Club has been engaged in a project funded by Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) to rebuild the primary school classrooms destroyed by the cyclone. A local village action team of carpenters and a support team in the capital Port Vila have been working with Byron Bay Rotary representatives to purchase and ship building materials and tools to the village. Regular visits by our club representative during the project have sought to support the community so they can take responsibility for the works themselves. The repairs have been carried out in accordance with both national and Australian building standards and were completed by the building team in December 2016. The school now awaits a final visit by our club representative to make the final inspection and receive the certification report.