Acknowledgments: funding and other assistance
Phase 1 (Resource Centre) of the Building Project started with AVI funding through the Community Grant Scheme when K18,600 was granted in December 2015.
In preparation, HWC had been fundraising and collecting resources solidly from 2013 onwards. We had already received a load of education resources and equipment that had been donated by Australian supporters and shipped from Sydney in 2014 in a 20’ shipping container (read more).
The resources were stored in a village built tyre repair workshop that was half completed. Torohin Havini owned the building on his family clan land and offered it to the HWC on condition they completed the structure and converted it into a Resource Centre. This conversion involved lifting the roof and lining ceiling and walls, extending front and back public access areas and altering doorways, windows and building steps and railings. Indoor fixtures included library shelving.
Work on the conversion began in March 2016 and it was completed and opened in June 2016 as part of HWC 10th Anniversary celebrations.
Phase 2 was made possible by the donation of K10, 000 from Hon Louta Atoi, former MP North Bougainville, granted to HWC after he attended the opening of the Resource Centre in June 2016.
Donations from supporters in Australia helped to supply extra building details including a signboard on the roadside announcing HWC Services. All of these facilities made possible the preparations for Phase 3 major building project.
Funding came from unexpected sources and was incredibly generous. C3 Cherrybrook Church in Sydney provided A$4,000 as ‘seed funding’ for site profile and foundation preparation. PiCCA passed a unanimous vote to grant a A$10, 000 donation to the building.
The Havini family and other Australian supporters added to the amount and others joined in so the final donation through PiCCA was doubled to A$20,000. To raise the further funds needed to complete the designed structure, PiCCA, with Australian supporters, launched a Crowd Funding Campaign. The appeal went out through Australia far and wide and another A$15,000 was raised. A further $7200 was raised by family connections to HWC members, and C3 Cherrybrook Church held a Fashion Parade with all proceeds of A$7, 000 going to the HWC Luman Hipakoko.
Then Bangalow CWA contributed another A$1, 000.
Builders who came to Hako to work on the bjuilding as volunteers donated a further $5000.
On completion of the buiding there were still outstanding bills to pay to local landowners for their labour, fumigation of foundations, and the balance on the land survey. Those debts were cleared by Christmas with late donations of funds via PiCCA.
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