Plumbing equipment donated to Hihifo villages

Living & Learn Chairman, Dr. Peni Havea, MP Losaline Ma’asi, Sally Bannah (Tonga Skills), Chair of the Live and Learn Board, Dr. Taniela Fusimalohi, and guests, Ha’avakatolo. March 18, 2021.

The villages in Hihifo district were provided with sanitary equipment at an official event yesterday to maintain their water supply and meet their sanitary needs.

This is followed by basic training in plumbing with 20 trainees from the district, which is offered by the owner and founder of CC Plumbing Services, Christopher Faka’utoki.

Villages benefiting from the program include Ha’avakatolo, Fo’ui, Kolovai, Ha’atafu, Kanokupolu, Ha’utu, Fahefa, Te’ekiu, Ahau, and Masilamea.

The sanitary equipment was donated by Tonga Skills through Live and Learn, who also funded training as part of an initiative to improve water supplies to communities in Tonga following the Tropical Cyclone Gita.

Live and learn Chairman Dr. Peni Havea told villagers that it was important to look after their sanitary equipment, use their new skills to cater to their personal plumbing needs, and also start a plumbing business.

Tongatapu 5 Parliament representative Losaline Ma’asi said Hihifo’s water supply has been problematic for many years.

“Acquiring these plumbing skills along with the equipment means your water problems will be eliminated.”

The event took place in Ha’avakatolo’s newly built hall called Fanongo Talanoa.

Live and Learn is also doing similar programs in the Hahake District. It funds its programs with support from the general public, governments (including the Australian government), the corporate sector and international development agencies.

Tonga Skills is an initiative of the Australian government to support inclusive economic growth through skills development in Tonga.

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