As a board member of heds.org.au (Health, Education, development, Solomon Islands), I visited the Western Province of the Solomon Islands in May 2023, after the country had been closed for 3 years due to COVID-19.
HEDS runs an education sponsorship program for School and University students who live in the Marovo Lagoon, an area that includes 20,000 people.
Sponsorship and Impact: Somersault Group sponsors two high school students, providing books, transportation assistance, and marking of exams. HEDS partners with ‘Solutions pa Marovo,’ and all volunteers ensure personal payment of fees to guarantee control of donations. In total, we sponsor 75 students in 2023, supporting their education for 2-3 years.
Collaboration and Volunteerism: HEDS collaborates with ‘Solutions pa Marovo,’ utilising local connections to deliver programs effectively. John, a Dive Master at Uepi Resort, visits twice a year, paying fees in person, checking grades, and ensuring students’ presence in school. This hands-on approach guarantees donor funds are well-utilised.
Expanding Educational Opportunities: Students from the Western Province travel to Honiara for high school or university education. HEDS sponsors these students, providing necessary resources for their studies. Our commitment extends throughout their remaining education.
Supporting Infrastructure and Medical Initiatives: Somersault Group manages IT infrastructure, including websites and email communications, benefiting HEDS. Additionally, they print Medical Record Books during medical tours, enhancing healthcare services.
Make a Difference: New donors are always welcome to support this life-changing cause. Join us in empowering children’s lives through education. Donate today, any amount is appreciated. School sponsorship is $800 per child.
Conclusion: HEDS, with its partners and dedicated volunteers, is transforming lives through education in the Solomon Islands. By supporting their sponsorship program, you can contribute to a brighter future for these deserving students. Donate now and be a part of this impactful journey.