Stories - Vanuatu
Ashley - Siviri village, North Efate, Vanuatu
Ashley's first project was a nursery for sandalwood trees in the village. He then set up a number of fishing related projects, including growing telapia. He says that with the projects, youth start to feel responsible for things in the community.
Walton - Freshwater One community, Efate, Vanuatu
Walton implemented a rubbish collection project together with young men in the community. The Minister of Lands was so impressed by the project that he came to the opening and has asked Walton and his friends to start another project, a local market, in the same neighbourhood.
Anicka - Port Olry, Santo Island, Vanuatu
Anicka was the first woman in Vanuatu to do the Ola Fou programme. She was inspired by the young men on the programme, who told her if they can do it so can she. Her first project was an underground well in the village as before they had to travel 20km to collect water. She then set up an income generation project for women. She said there were so many people to help build the house that it only took one day. More importantly, the building of the house brought together people from the bush and from the sea, previously they would be very separate. The building is equipped with sewing machines and they plan to sell dresses in the island capital.
Bradley - Shapi Village, Santo Island, Vanuatu
Bradley decided on a fishing project as fish is profitable to sell at the local market. He said the project has helped the community see that youth can do positive things.
Edmund - Luganville, Santo Island, Vanuatu
Edmund noted that youth have nowhere to do activities in the community so he got all the young people together to clear an area of bush and turn it into a park. It was a real success and now many groups come to spend time in the park. They are now working with the municipality to build toilets in the park. The next part of the project will be to build a big stand to do concerts and fundraisers.