Kiwanis

Port Vila, Vanuatu Club

Nabangapikini has a new Facebook page

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 in News, Projects

Kiwanis is proud to be a sponsor of Nabangapikini, which is a great project by Pauline Grindley producing story books for Ni-Vanuatu children.  They have just launched a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/nabangapikinini Do have a look, share it with your friends and enjoy the glimpse of the wonderful illustrations that have been used in the...

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Excerpt from our friends St Heliers Kiwani’s Club bulletin- packing container for Vanuatu

Posted on Aug 5, 2014 in News, Projects

Excerpt from our friends St Heliers Kiwani’s Club bulletin- packing container for Vanuatu

30 July 2014: Packing of clothes for Vanuatu container, chez Michael & Patsy Hill, Forrest Hill  Eight Takapuna members (and one interloper) gathered at Michael & Patsy Hill’s residence for a pot-luck dinner. Followed by a division of forces – two thirds headed to the garage to remove plastic, cardboard, and pins from a large pile of school uniforms that had been donated by a local manufacturer. These were then folded and packed into labelled boxes, ready to be transferred to Allan’s shed for packing on Saturday. This was the last of a huge donation of ten thousand items of clothing. The remaining third stayed upstairs by the fire and packed socks – to be sent away at a later date. The end of two and a bit hours saw twenty seven large boxes of clothes packed in Hill’s garage, ready for transport. 2 August 2014: Vanuatu container packing day @ Megan & Mike Allan’s, Waiau Pa  A convoy of cars headed to Allan’s property with trepidation: we had a forty-footer to pack – and the weather was, to say the least, uncertain. Takapuna brought a gazebo to protect the enumerator in the execution of her duty… But, as it turned out – we needn’t have worried. The weather stayed fine-ish and cool-ish for the entire time. Twenty-two (and a half) people showed up to help get the packing done – and, if Ewan Beck is to be believed, no less than four past Governors, the present Governor, the District Secretary and District Treasurer, and an incumbent Lieutenant-Governor. There were four non-members, including Michael Hill’s almost-three year old grandson (i.e. the half: who was nonetheless observed carrying boxes into the container!) What was different this time? Pallets. Folk in the shed loaded boxes and such onto pallets, which were tractored over to the container to be loaded by the people there. This meant people weren’t tripping over each other (mostly!) and the packing proceeded in a smooth and predominantly orderly fashion. The result was a surprise: the doors of the container were locked at just before 3pm. In just under six hours, the container had been filled, and both the Allan’s shed and the Kiwanis container were standing largely empty. It’s a record time – and we had the standard morning tea and lunch breaks… Your scribe demonstrating the most important part of any packing day (!)  From left: Governor...

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A Kind Gesture to Help the Victims of the Tragedy at Alpalack Village

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 in News, Projects

A Kind Gesture to Help the Victims of the Tragedy at Alpalack Village

 On Thursday, 17 April 2014, the KIWANIS Club donated basic house items worth of 100,000 VT to Mr. Donald Sanhabath representing the victims of the tragedy which happens on 28 January 2014 at Malua Bay side River and Alpalack Village, North West part of Malekula where a total of about 46 houses being razed down to ground. The incident resulted in about 104 people being displaced out in the deep forest and living in terrible weather conditions without proper shelter, bedding, clothes and kitchen utensils.  The donation was aid in kind from the KIWANIS Club to assist the victims with basic necessities needed to start rehabilitate.  The donation was formally handed over by Mr. Mark Stafford, president of the KIWANIS Club to Mr. Donald Sanhabath, representative of the victims. The donation includes 20 Bag cement, mattresses, blankets, saucepans and kitchen utensils; plate, cups, spoon, fork and knifes. The handover ceremony was also witnessed by members of the villages and the KIWANIS Club members.  In his statement, Mr. Mark Stafford underlined that KIWANIS Club has been long doing charity work in Vanuatu; funding projects, make donations and organise social events. The donation of these items is only one example of the continued charity work the Club is undertaking in Vanuatu.  On behalf of the victims, Mr. Donald Sanhabath expressed his sincere gratitude to the Club for the generous donation made.  The victims are in grave need for such donation to help in the process of recuperation.  Mr. Donald further stressed that, it is indeed another milestone in the achievement of the area to receive assistance from a charitable organization.  The villagers will always have fond memories for the Club for being very helpful to them in a time where assistance is much...

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Our past and current projects

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 in Past Projects, Projects

Kiwanis Projects in Vanuatu In almost 40 years in Vanuatu the Kiwanis Club of Port Vila has made contributions to an enormous array of community projects.  In recent times these have included:- Re-roofing schools in rural areas Relocation and construction of Mamas Markets on Port Vila Seafront Providing practical sanitation facilities at various schools Distributing over 35 shipping container loads of school equipment to over 100 schools from Aneityum to Torba and most islands in between, provided with the generous support of the Kiwanis Club of New Zealand.  These include:- – School books – Library books – Desks and chairs – Filing Cabinets – Folios, pencils, and paper – Sports Equipment – Roofing iron – Second hand clothing – School uniforms Assisting with the provision of a prosthetic limb Medical and practical support for patients requiring overseas treatment The Duck Race – Womens Cancer project Re-cycling projects Initiated “Clean up Vanuatu” activities in conjunction with Sir Ian Kiernan’s “Clean Up the World” campaign Assisted community groups with construction of catchments and installation of water tanks. Support for Vanuatu Cricket development programs Distribution of soccer-; basket-; volley-; and, net-balls to many youth and community groups Assisted community groups in construction of community halls and meeting places Provided assistance to Vanuatu Red Cross with goods to include in their disaster kits. Provided the Port Vila Hospital Childrens’ Ward with:- – Warm clothing to help patients and families that have to travel overseas for treatment – Reading books and videos – TV and video set – Furnishings – Toys Support for Vanuatu Womens’ Beach Volley Ball Team Port Vila Waterfront Beautification Program. Assisted Red Cross; Boy Scouts and Girl Guides of Vanuatu Supplied uniforms to Vanuatu Mobile Force Band Construction of footbridge for Kindergarten children access to their school Establishment of a High Dependency Room in Childrens’ Ward at Port Vila hospital Some of the schools that we have directly assisted in the past 5 years include: Port Elizabeth – Ambrym Malo PS Central School – Vila Vila East PS Latap Primary S-W Tanna Kwataparen Junior Secondary S-W Tanna Napangasale Junior Secondary – Tongoa Seaside School – Vila Tassiriki School – Moso Maskelynes and South Malekula Schools Megamony and surrounding Schools – North Ambrym Mele Village School Mele Village Kindy Peter Pan – Vila Vila North PS Malapoa College Matevulu College – Santo Onta PS – West Gaua Dorig PS – South Gaua...

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Assistance for Mangililu Women’s Market

Posted on Mar 21, 2014 in News, Projects

Assistance for Mangililu Women’s Market

Kiwanis Club of Port Vila has pledged 100,000vt towards this project to assist the women at Mangililu. We are very pleased that the funds have been raised to enable the project of the new market at the Mangililu turnoff to be constructed. Here is the report from Jeff Byrne from the Westpac: The Women of Mangaliliu Appeal was officially opened early on Saturday morning, the 8th of March….International Women’s Day. The “wheel barrow” walk would symbolise the struggle of the women of a village who suffer daily as they push wheel barrows long distances to take their produce to market. It would also honour the two women who were severely injured in a traffic accident whilst working at that market in 2013. Despite heavy rain at sunrise more than 150 men, women and children of all ages turned up for the start of the walk, including 30 members of the Westpac Vanuatu team. We were fortunate to have both the Chief of Mangaliliu Village and the Prime Minister of Vanuatu present to provide their blessing. The Prime Minister, proudly sporting the Westpac brand, confirmed in his address the importance of gender equality in all aspects of Vanuatu life, offering a generous donation to the cause. Prior to the commencement of the walk, the wheel barrow needed to be filled with fresh fruit and vegetables from the Vila Central Market. I walked no further than the first of scores of display benches before women from every corner of the market came forward to place donations in the wheel barrow….and of course the fresh produce….and lots of it. Coconuts, avocados, bananas, bush cabbage and pawpaws larger than footballs. The first tears were shed as it became clear that this was important not just to the Women of Mangaliliu but to all women in Vanuatu who derive their livelihood from the markets. I pushed the heavy load out onto the main road to join the walkers, the PM, the Chief and the Vanuatu military band who for the first two kilometres lead our group through the centre of town, their music drawing attention to the sea of people and “International Women’s Day…Inspiring Change” banners. The generosity of the ni-Vanuatu people was overwhelming as we walked through the first 10 kilometres of town. Buses would slow to a walking pace and coins would come flying from the windows towards the wheel barrow.  Children...

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The Beneficiaries of race week 2013

Posted on Nov 27, 2013 in News, Past Projects, Projects

The monies raise during this years race week have been put to good use. Here is a list of the people and projects that Kiwanis have supported this year: Major Project – Creation of High Dependency Unit at Children’s Ward at Vila Central Hospital. Project Cost of over 3,000,000vt Footbridge at Mele Maat Kindy Unmat Primary School Photocopier Medical Laboratory – Specialist diagnostic microscope North-East Malekula – contribution to community women’s project for fish freezing and marketing activity Vila Central Hospital – Maternity Ward project Butterfly Trust assistance in providing specialist medical care to outer islands Vanuatu Beach Volleyball women Tanna FM Radio Red Cross – small items for kids in need Vanuatu Cricket Association Outreach Program in North Efate; Santo and Tanna Water tanks for Loman Island community and other locations Laminator; binder; external hard drive and whiteboard for Vila Central Library Books for Vila Central Library Pianos for Malapoa College and Central School Vanuatu Women’s Centre resources School equipment; books; uniforms; sports equipment for primary and secondary schools in all Vanuatu Provinces Assistance for the publication of the Nabanga Pikinini series of story books in Bislama; French and English Eco-puzzle program that will reach 500+ kindys and over 300 primary schools throughout Vanuatu Cement for community buildings Ongoing maintenance at Kiwanis racetrack at VAL Pacific Track improvements at VAL Pacific location Genetic improvement of Vanuatu horse stock Support for Tanna Police Department for Sporting Equipment. Assistance for mobile dental care van. Financial Assistance to Mele Trustees for medical treatment to 14 year old boy with a Congenital Heart...

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