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  • Writer's pictureNicola Smart

Making a difference on the ground

Updated: Apr 5

Our work in the field is not possible without the dedication and support of people within the local communities. Together we work to pass along the technical knowledge and skills to ensure better housing and infrastructure is built to serve people. Herrick Ragoso is an important member of the Partner Housing team in Solomon Islands, where he works towards better health outcomes in Ranongga such as the Buri School Water Supply. Hearing local perspectives is integral to affecting genuine change, and it's wonderful to hear from Herrick in our latest Q&A.

How did you come to be involve with PHA?

I got involved with Partner Housing Australia through David Kaunitz

What challenges are your community facing?

One of the main challenges our community is facing is sanitation. Almost everyone in our community are using the beach.

What is the most fulfilling aspect of the work?

The most fulfilling aspect of the water project is to see women, children, teachers, students enjoying the use of clean water right in our community and school. We no longer have to walk or paddle long distances to fetch water anymore.

Are there any challenges you've found in carrying out in the recent project with PHA?

Oh yes the main challenges in the recent project is the weather pattern and also the late arrival of materials.

What does the future hold for you? What are you excited about in the work being done with PHA?

With the successful completion of all water supply projects especially the school.

Our school will be able to introduce form 6 programme in the near future and other educational services or even conference or workshops.

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