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Youths head village projects, foreign firm assists

Serafina Silaitoga
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

THEIR young age has not disheartened them from taking charge of village projects over the past three years.

The youths of Naboutini Village in Saqani, Cakaudrove, have been given the role to head development projects, says youth leader Akuila Donuca.

"The decision was made at a village meeting two years ago when the elders asked if the youths could take charge of village projects," Mr Donuca said.

"They felt the younger generation had more ideas and networking with the outside world.

"So, for the past two years we have been drawing up plans for the village, which include the village hall."

Mr Donuca said the hall project started in the forest.

"Our village hall project started from the forest with the cutting of timber that the youths carried back to the village. It was not easy.

"Some youths loaded timber on their horses to bring to the village."

The youths also raised funds to finance the project with the help of the elders.

Mr Donuca said they put up the building frame for the hall while an English company — Madventurer — helped them complete it.

"We were lucky to have the company's assistance — they funded the remaining work.

"Last week they came in to complete the project with painting and fitting louvre blades.

"For us networking with the outside world is important because that is one way of getting assistance.

"The youths have done well over the past years and we have worked well together as a team with the assistance of policemen based in Saqani, " Mr Donuca said