Youths in Fulikaomae Village, were recipients of a Rural Training Centre (RTC) funded project that is currently underway in Malaita Province.
Reports reaching this paper said that the furniture making project is targeting unemployed youths in the area with the aim to empower them with income generating activities.
This is to refrain them from taking part in unlawful activities.
Project Leader, Pastor Eshley Donga told the Solomon Star that he was pleased that the project is progressing well with the involvement of the youths.
“This project is really good in a way that it helps the youths to earn an income.
“The project had encouraged youths to refrain from criminal activities and they were able to feel part of the community.
“Currently, they are undergoing a three months training that will equip them on how to handle the equipments that will be used.
“It is an opportunity for youths who do not have a chance to go further in their education,” Pastor Eshley told the Solomon Star.
He also said that they have already received $5,000 to start the project and they expect to receive another payment once the project progresses well.
A village elder said, it is encouraging to see the huge interest shown by the youths.
“I am happy to see the youths refraining from unnecessary activities.
“Many of them had engaged in the project since it started
“Learning such skills can help them to become self-sufficient”, he said.
Meanwhile, it is understood that the money collected from the project sales will be diverted into a project saving account.
The project saving account is purposely to sustain the project in the long run.
If the youths wanted to sell their own furniture, they will deduct an agreed amount from their sales, which will go into the project saving account.
By RONALD TOITO’ONA