Vanuatu Adventists receive Women’s Day awards

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Port Vila, Vanuatu 

Two Adventist women have been recognised for their contributions to Vanuatu society with awards from the Australian High Commission. 

May Garae received the 2016 Andy Lynch award and Ketty Napuat the Hanson Mataskelekele award at an afternoon tea reception to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8. 

Mrs Garae, from Potoroki Seventh-day Adventist Church in Port Vila, was recognised for a project she established in Malakula to help families recover from Cyclone Pam by donating 15 sewing machines to four villages so the women and girls could build up their communities. She also established a community kindergarten for 26 children. A permanent classroom is currently being built.

Mrs Napuat, from Bethel church on Tanna, was recognised for her role as Secretary-General of Torba Province. She manages public service delivery and rural development at the provincial level in line with the Government’s National Development Strategy. Before moving to Torba, Mrs Napuat was based in Tafea Province as the country’s first female Secretary-General for its six provinces.

The awards, presented by Australian High Commissioner Jeremy Bruer, are funded by the Australian Government and are a joint initiative of the Lynch and Mataskelekele families and the Australian High Commission.