STUDENTS and teachers of Lekutu Secondary School in the province of Bua witnessed history yesterday as they opened their new solar-powered water pump.
School principal Paulo Bulimacuata said the pump given by the New Zealand government, would solve the myriad of water problems faced by the school since it first opened in 1978.
"The opening of the new water pump today (yesterday) will greatly enhance the school's ability to compete with other schools academically by ensuring they have access to safe drinking water," Mr Bulimacuata said.
"We greatly thank the New Zealand government and the Rotary Pacific Water Foundation for considering us in this worthy project as it will greatly assist the children and teachers who serve in this school," he added.
Chief guest at the ceremony, New Zealand High Commission's second secretary Louisa Gault said the school's inclusion in the project was part of their partnership with the Rotary Pacific Water Foundation who implemented the project.
"We have 20 similar projects aimed only at schools in Vanua Levu and New Zealand Aid has diverted a total of $715,000 to the Vanua Levu school projects," said Ms Gault.
"The NZ High Commission is interested in working closely with rural communities in Vanua Levu to foster healthy communities and sustainable livelihoods for the people in these rural areas."
Bua provincial administrator Inoke Tagicakibau hailed the project saying the water pump would assist teachers who were transferred to serve at the school.