Wednesday, 28 January 2009 1:09 PM

QuestNet Committee Supports Young Tsunami Victims

The Ministry of Education has received a cheque of $45,000 last week to be put forward to help educate children affected by the tsunami.

The donation comes from the V-Likeminds Committee formed by members of the QuestNet International in Solomon Islands.

Speaking at the official handover, Director of V-Likeminds Committee, James Bosamata, said that the money is purposely to help children whose education has been disrupted as a result of the tsunami that hit the Western Solomons in April 2007.

Funds will be given to the Ngari Community High School in the Western Province.

In accepting the donation, Principal of Ngari School, Ruth Maeli, said her school was formed last year to accommodate those who were affected by the tsunami.

Ngari Community High School accommodates students from Titiana High School in Gizo and young students of Choiseul Province.

Funds received will also go towards building staff houses in the premises.

"We are hoping to build the school's dormitories later down the track," Ms. Maeli said.

She revealed that the school started in tents "but we are now slowly building classrooms for our students".

"We are still working on the school development plan and one priority is to build staff houses, so we very much appreciate the support by the V-Likeminds Committee."

She said the support comes at a time when the school is in much need for help.

Speaking to Solomon Times, Mr. Bosamata said that $38, 841.15 of the $45,000 were funded by the QuestNet international headquarter in Hong Kong.

"The remaining amount comes from contributions collected from members of our committee," he adds.

Mr. Bosamata said giving support to tsunami victims is the first for their committee in community assistance.