|Torgil water project commissioned
MELANESIAN MESSENGER 090630-1
June 30, 2009
After years of unreliable water supply
system Torgil Rural Training Centre
now enjoys fresh and clean supply of water
[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] For six years Rod Kestle and his wife Penny have been visiting Torgil Rural Training Centre on north east Ambae in the Republic of Vanuatu, water has always been an important requirement. When they first arrived in 2003 they stayed at the Credit Union Guest House at Lolowai and their drinking water was collected across the road. The next year which was the first year at the guest house, they had water at Torgil but when this supply ran out they had to place two plastic containers in a wheelbarrow and collected water from the Melanesian Brotherhood Household at Tumsisiro several kilometers down the road.
This is the challenge the Kestles were faced with until they had to do something that would solve this problem. So in 2005 after a request was made
they received a New Zealand aid funding which saw the installation of a 4,000 liter water tank at the guest house. This supplied them with fresh water ever since.
But Rod and Penny didn't stop here. Because the tank was insufficient to supply the students of Torgil who were also faced with chronic water problems they ventured on to a more bigger project. And this is where One Tree Hill and Orewa Rotary Club of Auckland, New Zealand and Vision Vanuatu came into the picture. And the rest was history.
On 28 June 2009 a water storage system for Torgil was commissioned. One Tree Hill provided most of the funds for the project while a local Rotary Club Vision Vanuatu provided expertise. Thirteen members of Vision Vanuatu volunteered in installing the 12 plastic water tanks that holds up to 6,000 liters each. These tanks were installed around the campus where water is collected from roof surfaces and reticulated to all staff houses, classrooms and dormitories.
Its not just water they are now enjoying but its fresh and clean water as it comes directly from the sky into their tanks.
Speaking at the commissioning of the project Principal of Torgil Willie Ben Tabi said the Centres long time dream and aspirations has now been achieved.
Sufficient water supply let alone clean water has been a problem plaguing both staff and students for ages he said.
“We had to travel long distances when our supplies are down especially during dry season and the effect is not good. Today, our prayers are answered and we have all the reason to celebrate and most importantly thank God for allowing this to happen through our good friends from New Zealand.”
Head of Vision Vanuatu Rod Kestle whose idea has now materialized said “we can truly say that working together has been a success. The project is an example to everyone that anything can be done but it requires hard work and deep desire in your heart to make it a success. It also needs a big helping hand from our God who can provide all things if you ask him.”
He told staff and students of Torgil that the Lord wants them to succeed.
“May this project be the starting point for new beginning for the work at Torgil and that you can take hold of the Centre.
He challenged staff and students that the future of the project in terms of maintenance and its upkeep is in their hands.
Rod Kestle thanked everyone who have given their time and effort into the important project and in particular the One Tree Hill Rotary and Orewa Club of New Zealand.The Club was represented at the Water Storage Project commissioning by its President Allan Wood.
He said the Rotary Club International is a proud supporter of this water project that will deliver clean water to an important community like Torgil where potential leaders and Vanuatu’s human resources are trained.
Bishop of the Diocese of Vanuatu and New Caledonia The Rt Rev. James Ligo officially dedicated the water project. He said not so many people enjoyed fresh clean drinking water let alone millions of people around the world who have no access to clean water.
Torgil should thank God for the free gift from people who care about us.
Whilst its easy to open a tap and get water to drink, he said the work behind it is not that easy and the costs involved is insurmountable. There are people who spend time to talk about it, raise funds, raise more funds, transport materials and give their time to build or install such project he said. Also not many schools or institutions in Vanuatu have the chance to be given such assistance, this therefore calls for exercise of great care and responsibility in looking after the facility.
He thanked the Rotarians both in New Zealand and Vanuatu for addressing this important need of the Centre.
Apart from the water storage Project the Rotarians are also providing financial and technical assistance in the construction of the boys ablution block, dining hall renovation and electricity project. These other projects are currently under construction and should be put to use before the year ends.
Education Officer Non-Formal of the Anglican Church’s Provincial Office in Vanuatu Mr. Augustine Rihae said with the rest of the project expected to complete soon, 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.”
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 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.