The Australian government has presented two water tanks, pressure pumps, a drinking fountain and pump fitting accessories to Satapuala Primary School through their Direct Aid Program.
The project cost $13,025.
The two water tanks that have been provided can hold up to 10, 000 litres each.
The Australian High Commissioner, Sue Langford, presented the help and said it was for 325 students of school so they can have access to clean water everyday.
She said the government of Australia has funded several activities such as these water tanks and pumps to help different communities in Samoa.
“These funding supports community groups, churches and non-government organizations to provide central services for their communities,” she said.
She went on to say that “The Direct Aid Programme is one of our development activities here in Samoa and we work closely with the government to deliver our programme including our support to the Education Sector which is actually around 20 million tala from 2015 to 2019.”
“We are supporting teachers who have an incredible role to play, to ensure they meet quality standards that they can teach children effectively including children with disabilities for this generation and for generations to come.”
“Our support also provide opportunities to Samoans to have quality training and access to quality training, so that they will equip with the right skills and knowledge for getting full employment.”
The High Commissioner congratulated everyone involved.
“I encourage you for now and in the future to maintain the condition of these new water tanks and pumps to ensure that they can be used for many years to come.”
The Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupa’i, acknowledged the Australian government for their huge input in this project.
“On behalf of our village and parents, the school children of Satapuala, your Excellency Sue Langford, I must say thank you very much for the kind assistance and for all you have put into the programme, not only for Satapuala but for Samoa through your Direct Aid Program.”
“On behalf of the principal and the teachers, thirteen thousand tala may not be a very significant amount compared to the amount of development projects, the big ones that you have for the country.”
“As you can see this morning, there’s excitement on the faces of the kids, the parents and the whole community of the village of Satapuala.”
“It’s going to make things easy for them, now they can concentrate on their school studies because water is no longer the problem.”
“Water is life as we all know and as we hear from time to time.”
“And it’s such a blessing for us to have proper water for our facilities, also for good water and clean water for the children’s welfare in school.”
The handover ceremony ended with a few words of acknowledgement from the Principal of Satapuala Primary School, the President of the Committee and a beautiful dance performance from the students.