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Torgil to Commission New Projects
June 17, 2009

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] Torgil Rural Training Centre of the Diocese of Vanuatu and New Caledonia will soon be commissioning a number of projects currently being undertaken at the centre.

Among these projects are the water supply, electricity, new vehicle, boy’s ablution block and a renovated dining hall.

All the projects except the vehicle are funded by One Tree Hill; a Rotary Club from New Zealand.

The funding was sought and facilitated by the New Zealand Vision Vanuatu from a request submitted by the Diocese in 2002.

New Zealand Vision Vanuatu under the leadership of Rod Kestle also provides technical support through its volunteers who constructed the buildings and set up the facilities.
Vision Vanuatu is a volunteer organization that provides technical expertise and on-site work for community and faith-based organizations in the country.

Education Officer Non-Formal of the Anglican Church’s Provincial Office in Vanuatu Mr. Augustine Rihae said with most of the projects expected to complete in few days time before the commissioning on June 28, 2009, the Centre is anticipating better and improved facilities.

“This means students will now be able to give more of their time to studies and not be bothered by things they should not be worried about in the first place. They will now be able to have access to consistent supply of water, improved health and sanitation facilities and a reliable electricity supply.”

A new hilux vehicle purchased by the Church he said will also boost transportation and other logistical services for the centre.

Rihae said these are important physical developments of the Church that facilitates and enhanced good quality learning environment.

It also reflects a dynamic growth of the Church and its strong desires to build up its education institutions to better equip its human resources in the Diocese and Republic of Vanuatu as a whole.

Torgil Rural Training Centre was established since 1992 at a site of a former girls school on East Ambae which was later turned into a Ministry Training Centre by the Diocese. It currently runs courses on carpentry, joinery, mechanic, hospitality and lay ministry training for catechists.

70 students are at present enrolled with 7 teaching staff and 3 ancillary staff.