Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The first urban village Tour for Luganville

Urban life meets Village Life- Mango Village Tour Santo.
The sustainable Health, Education and Cultural Centre in Mango Village, a joint project through Mt Beauty Rotary Club from Victoria, Australia and Santo Rotary Club was handed over to the Mango Community on the 15th June, 2013. The objective of the project was to provide the materials and expert assistance to build a public toilet facility for the community. The available land is located within the vicinity of the village church and due to the need to meet ‘Cultural values’ it was also necessary to build a site screen wall, screening the toilet block from the church and community. 
The project has seen the successful completion of the public toilet facility and site screen wall at the Mango village location. This project has accomplished far more than just putting up physical structures for sanitation. It has motivated the village of Mango to form a community group, Mango beautification committee and seek assistance from Rotarians to establish good governance and begin planning for their future. The community now has a sense of purpose. So enthused were they by the assistance to build a public toilet facility in the village that they then went on to transform a derelict area near the church into a thriving and useful community area.
Using their own funds and through their own fund raising and collection of natural materials the Mango community built three more traditional huts inside the area for the purpose of providing education to the community. The three additional huts were designated; one for children and youth for custom and culture lessons, one for the Mammas for meeting and handicraft and one for Men’s meeting space and seating to welcome visitors. 
Welcoming visitors into their urban village and cultural space has brought a sense of pride and joy to the peoples of Mango. For a small entry fee visitors are entertained and get to interact with the community.
The Village is planning a tourism launch late November.
The cultural space provided will be used by all the community.
 The village has built three traditional buildings inside the area for lessons each week .Custom and Culture lessons, Mammas meeting and handicraft, Men’s meeting space and seating to welcome visitors.
Unemployment is around 70% with many children not able to attend school.
Urbanization of the community has seen custom 
Mt Beauty Rotary Club from Victoria, Australia and Santo Rotary Club together received a matching grant to build a toilet block surrounded by a privacy fence in Mango Community.
 The sustainable Health, Education and Cultural Centre has been the focus of attention for the last 5 months with all community members and a  building team arriving everyday developing the space inside the fence with traditional  buildings to complement the very modern toilet block and wooden fence.
The project has been completed with the handover to The Mango Community set to take place on the 15th June, 2013. All are welcome to attend the ceremony starting at 3pm in Mango Station near the Anglican Church.
Mango 1, 2 and 3 have a population of 300 Plus peoples mostly from Torba Province. 
Unemployment is around 70% with many children not able to attend school.
The cultural space provided will be used by all the community.
 The village has built three traditional buildings inside the area for lessons each week .Custom and Culture lessons, Mammas meeting and handicraft, Men’s meeting space and seating to welcome visitors. 
The Mango Community are working on a  business plan that will offer visitors to Santo an opportunity to  experience the Custom , Culture and daily life  by developing  the,  First Urban Village Tour in Santo.
Rotary can see the benefit and long term sustainability of providing clean sanitation and fencing and are amazed by the peoples of Mango turning this into a long term project to provide for the Village community. 
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