Women drive Lauli'i village's beautification project
The Women’s Committee of the village of Lauli'i will launch a village beautification project next week, unveiling some 30 rubbish stands that were funded and built entirely by the village.
The launch is a culmination of a four-month project that began on 21 August 2020 with a $10 donation from each woman in the village.
Additional proceeds from BINGO fundraisers hosted by the Committee also helped.
Laulii Women’s Committee Secretary, Taito Karol Te’o, said the project came about after families were instructed to construct outdoor shelves to place trash for orderly garbage management to keep the village clean. Some families built their own shelves but some did not.
The shelves were needed to assist families who live further inland from the streets with trash management.
“We collected $10 registration each from the women of the village, the mothers of the village and the young women then we opened an account. We started with that, we held BINGOs to find funds to pay for the garbage shelves. So the money we got it was about $5000 that we collected from our BINGO and registration and then we started our project,” said Taito.
The Village Council assisted the project by providing an additional $5,000.
A carpenter in the village led construction of the garbage shelves and materials of brick and cement were purchased from Bluebird Hardware and Lumber.
“We built several shelves but we ran out of money. So we kept hosting our BINGOs and purchased more materials or bricks and cement then we got some money from the village, five grand from the village council,” Taito said.
Most areas have received the shelves but the work continues to cover the entire village while the completed shelves will be open for use next week.
The Women’s Committee or Komiti Tina ma Tamaitai O Laulii is comprised of Sofia Fuamatu (President), Pulenuu Tamaitai ole Nuu Gaupule Saufoi, Fiapai Siaki (Vice President), Beth Suaniu Elu (Treasurer), Joyce Sasauli (Assistant Treasurer), Taito Karol Te’o (Secretary) and Olive Taliulu (Assistant Secretary).
Laulii village will gather on Monday, 7 December to launch and celebrate the project spearheaded by the women.
“On 7 December, we will open our project and invite the women, our village and our pastors and their wives,” said Taito.
"They really want to use the shelves and we don't want to leave them for too long. We want them to use it."
A senior pastor from the village will be present to bless the project’s launch.