Women of Siumu think of the future

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U.N.D.P. GEF-Small Grants Programme Representative with Siumu Women’s Committee President and members of the Siumu Community. Photo Credit: UNDP/Gerard Anapu/2017

U.N.D.P. GEF-Small Grants Programme Representative with Siumu Women’s Committee President and members of the Siumu Community. Photo Credit: UNDP/Gerard Anapu/2017

The Women’s Committee at Siumu is serious about conserving their environment and surrounding.

It is for this reason that they have completed the first of its two-phase US$10,000 project funded by U.N.D.P. GEF-Small Grants Programme, which is in line with the United Nations SDG14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

The project supports concerted environmental efforts by the village to preserve its spring pools, which have served many generations in Siumu. The pools also provide Siumu residents with water for drinking, washing and bathing. 

The pools suffered damages in recent past years as a result of natural disasters, including the 2009 Tsunami and tropical cyclones. Understanding the critical importance of these spring pools to its future generations, the women’s committee of Siumu sought assistance to ensure the protection and sustainability of these resources.

The Committee expressed its sincere thanks and gratitude when speaking with the representatives from U.N.D.P. G.E.F.-S.G.P. that visited the project last Friday.

Acknowledging the assistance from UNDP GEF-SGP, Committee President Eseta Faailo noted that completion of the first phase of the project was a community effort and a further step towards preserving the environment for its future generations. 

“Even though on paper it is the women’s committee project, there was immense help and work put in by the members of our village - ranging from our chiefs to the men, women and children. As a community, we are investing in the continued sustainability of clean, fresh water – which is important for long term health - as well as improved access by our community to these resources”, said Ms. Faailo. 

Welcoming this development in the project, UN Resident Coordinator Lizbeth Cullity said, “I would like to congratulate the Siumu Women’s Committee for their commitment and hard work.

I applaud the efforts by the Committee to have this project started, and this milestone reached today, which was also made possible by the community’s efforts to work together to further protect their environment for future generations”.

The project will now move on to its second phase of implementation.

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