NUKU’ALOFA- October 13: 4.25pm (R2R MEDIA): The Minister of Environment (Ministry of MEIDECC), Hon Poasi Tei today launched the sanitation project for the Nukunukumotu community, off the main island of Tongatapu on the Ma’ufanga end.
Hon Tei, accompanied by his MEIDECC Chief Executive Officer Mr Paula Ma’u, was chief guest at the event.
The sanitation project was funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) under the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). That is being facilitated by the Tonga Ridge to Reef Project, under the Department of Environment.
Hon Tei congratulated the community and thanked the R2R project and stakeholders for assisting the community.
“I would like to thank the Ministry of MEIDECC through the CEO and his staff, the Department of Environment and the R2R project for assisting the community here with this project,” he said.
“This is an important project and we hope that the community members will care for the facilities made available for them.”
The project included the installation of three water tanks (2 x 3,000 litres and 1 x 10,000 litres) plus two de-compost toilets.
CEO Mr Ma’u said the community had problems with water supply and the pilot project would be something that other communities can replicate.
Mr Ma’u said the project is part of the R2R’s community program for the communities around the Fanga’uta Lagoon.
“This is an important part of the R2R project, in working with the communities, where we support them so that they are able to sustain themselves and also improve their living conditions,” Mr Ma’u said.
Also in attendance today were the CEO’s of Tourism, Fisheries and the Acting CEO for Health.
Reps from the civil society and other stakeholders were also present to witness the launching.
Community members were joyous during the event and thanked the R2R Project for thinking of them.
Town Officer Samuela Fangupo Latu said the project would help better the lives of community members.
There are seven families on the small island, which is about 500 metres off the coast of Patangata in Ma’ufanga.