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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. 

Ashley

Ashley

One of the fishing projects

One of the fishing projects

Another of the fishing projects

Another of the fishing projects

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. 

Walton

Walton

Walton shows a picture of what the area looked like before the project was implemented 

Walton shows a picture of what the area looked like before the project was implemented 

Walton and his friends standing proudly in front of the rubbish project 

Walton and his friends standing proudly in front of the rubbish project 

Walton (back left) and youth from the community stand in front of their group meeting house 

Walton (back left) and youth from the community stand in front of their group meeting house 

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. 

Anicka

Anicka

Materials to dye the dresses 

Materials to dye the dresses 

Anicka with the village chief (left), her dad and mum in front of the new house. 

Anicka with the village chief (left), her dad and mum in front of the new house. 

Anicka's dad shows me the underground well. He says Anicka used to be too shy to speak in front of the community. Now she stands up and the community respects her and what she says. 

Anicka's dad shows me the underground well. He says Anicka used to be too shy to speak in front of the community. Now she stands up and the community respects her and what she says. 

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. 

Bradley

Bradley

Bradley (R) and his friend Wesley inspect the fishing project. 

Bradley (R) and his friend Wesley inspect the fishing project. 

The fishing project next to the local church. 

The fishing project next to the local church. 

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. 

Edmund

Edmund

The foundations of the park toilets.

The foundations of the park toilets.

Jean-Yves, President of the Luganville youth council who worked on the park project

Jean-Yves, President of the Luganville youth council who worked on the park project

Edmund at the entrance of the park, with the toilet foundations to the right

Edmund at the entrance of the park, with the toilet foundations to the right

Edmund and Jean/Yves in the park 

Edmund and Jean/Yves in the park