Betikama wellbeing project to improve student access to nutritious food

Workers installing pipes at the farm.

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A student wellbeing project at Betikama Adventist College, Solomon Islands, is making significant progress and is expected to be completed by the end of May.

During a visit by the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) monitoring team on April 29, it was observed that work on the project is progressing smoothly.

The project was funded by the Thrift family in Australia through ADRA Australia and is being implemented by ADRA Solomon Islands.

Supervisor Dunne Apusae at the Betikama farm.

Project officer Gibson Apusae expressed satisfaction with the project’s progress, acknowledging only minor challenges, such as delays due to elections and slow delivery of materials to the project site.

He said work to compete farming irrigation is progressing well.

 “We have already installed water tanks and pipes for the farming,” he said. “Sixteen blocks of the farm have been equipped with pipes, with only 12 blocks remaining.

“With the installation of pipes in the remaining blocks, we will be able to utilise the storage tank to supply water to the farm.”

The Betikama Student Wellbeing Project commenced in July 2023. Its primary aim is to enhance students’ access to a variety of nutritious food, thereby improving their academic performance. Additionally, it seeks to augment teachers’ knowledge on nutritional value, food intake and personal hygiene.

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