Developing Model Comunities in the Solomon Islands

Area

Six regions across the Solomon Islands

Partner

South Seas Evangelical Church (SSEC), a Christian organisation working to improve the lives of some of the poorest people through their ministries in community development, health services, education and training, national women and organisational leadership and administration.

Project

Infrastructure in the Solomon Islands is unreliable at best, and the functioning of government and local services are limited. Power outages, the lack of communications networks, inadequate roads and difficult transport between islands mean that many basic services like healthcare and education are reliant on local organisations, which are often under-qualified and under staffed.

Poor government services have also lead to a lack of adequate education, health care and information about nutrition, especially in remote areas. People who live hand-to-mouth struggle to provide for their families, children fail to thrive due to poor education standards and access, coupled with malnutrition and illnesses such as malaria, which are common.

We are working together to end poverty in the Solomon Islands by

  • Taking a ‘teach the teachers’ approach to ensure that there are qualified development and health trainers based in the local communities. They in turn recruit and train local volunteers, and these volunteers are responsible for sharing their knowledge with their communities.
  • Providing support to schools. Principals can participate in workshops to develop their skills and qualifications. They are also given the tools and encouragement to share what they learn with their teachers.
  • Training health volunteers in preventing, managing and treating diseases to help maintain good health for adults and children in local villages, where there is often no clinic or medical help available.
  • Equipping village leaders to manage their community's resources and plan for their development.
  • Providing skills training, for example in sewing and tailoring, carpentry, raising animals, cooking and baking, or improved agricultural techniques, to help supplement family incomes. 
  • Distributing manuals to women covering issues from health and sanitation to business skills.