SOLOMON ISLANDS MISSION- SAMASODU VILLAGE
The Wamberal Congregation, with the able leadership of Rod Peet initiated the missions in the Samasodu Village, Solomon Islands in 2006. This project continued in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.
Since the inception of this mission, about 144 people were able to actively participate in this successful project. Volunteers came from as far as Western Australia and Victoria, to join the team in Wamberal, Sydney.
The teams would willingly go beyond the call of duty to assist in the upliftment and development of the under-privileged community of Samasodu, Solomon Islands.
With tireless and hardworking teams, the following projects were successfully completed: a first class Medical Clinic, which has saved and enriched the lives of the people of Samasodu & surrounding Villages. The initial project totalled over $400 000 in costs with all monies raised through sponsorship, donations and fundraising.
On the 25 September 2008, the team returned to the Village to build on the initial work by providing more medical assistance, building a sanitation/ septic system and running an educational program in the school and a leadership training program for church and community leaders.
The School was installed with electricity for the first time, which filled the Village with great joy.
Then on two subsequent projects, water was brought from a waterfall which was over 2km away from the Village. It was really hard work to install lengthy pipes to the Village and run pipes into the different locations in the village to provide showers etc. Just to see the excitement of the locals as the water came gushing through the pipes for the first time with such pressure was sufficient reward for a project well done.
We owe a great debt to the teams for the sacrifices they made in making some dreams come true for the villagers. Many would sacrifice their annual leave and families to fulfil this task. It is certainly not a very pleasant journey to this Village. The Village of Samasodu is located north of the Capital, Honiara and is only accessible via a 22 hours boat trip that is only available on a fortnightly basis. There is not even a bicycle on the Island and the locals survive on subsistence agriculture and fishing.
Therefore, in my opinion, what has been accomplished thus far is nothing short of a miracle and great credit goes to those who have shared their God-given resources for the upliftment & development of this community.
All Glory be to God!