The Ministry was invited to the grand opening of Small Grants Programme (SGP) Project titled “Puipuiga o Eleele ma Siosiomaga o Lufilufi”, led by the Womens Committee of Lufilufi. The ceremony was started with an official prayer led by Rev. Aiva Lototau of the Catholic Church; followed by the grand opening and ribbon cutting by Rev. Fepai Kolia of the Methodist Church.
Rev. Fepai Kolia stated he had worked with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for several years and he is glad to witness UNDP continues to provide financial assistance to community sustainable developments through the SGP.
Anne Rasmussen (ACEO-GEF, MNRE/Deputy Chairman SGP Steering Committee), represented the Ministry as she had delivered her remarks during the ceremony. She commented on the importance of sustainable developments in communities. With the rapid changing of Climate, the best approach in combating such changes is through adaptation. By alternating our lifestyles in a sustainable manner that will withstand against Climate Change issues.
Afioga Lilomaiava Filia Iosefa (SubRegional Coordinator, UNDP) commented on the tremendous work done by the community of Lufilufi, and he emphasized the importance of a partnership between International Organizations and communities. “Communities are the core of our work, without the efforts put in by communities, all of our efforts to sustainably develop Samoa won’t bear fruitful results as seen today”, he said.
The project financial budget amounts to USD20,000. The budget covers all components covered by the project; to fund for (1) the development of sustainable agricultural and farming practices, (2) the developing of a proper waste management system in Lufilufi (proper trash stands) (3) the conducting of various awareness campaigns throughout the community, (4) and the renovating of water spring wells and village pools in Lufilufi.