Thirty thousand tala was presented to the Women in Climate Change by the Ambassador of China to Samoa, Wang Xuefeng.
Held at the Deputy Prime Minister’s office, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa who is also the patron for the organisation, the money is to assist with some families in the village who are struggling in getting drinking water.
The funds will go towards water tanks for targeted vulnerable women identified through the work of ADRA in its previous disaster relief assistance and surveys.
Mr. Xuefeng told the media that he is very happy to provide the assistance to the Women in Climate Change.
“This assistance is for helping some families in the village because I was told by my friends at the WICC that there are some women in the villages their families has difficulties in getting drinking water,” he said.
“So the Chinese Embassy provided the assistance to these women to buy water tanks.
“The WICC helped us selected 20 families in the village so I hope this assistance can help these 20 families to help solve the problems with drinking water.”
He said this is a Christmas gift for his friends in the villages, and lastly he acknowledges the work of WICC in helping the families.
“We are willing to cooperate with them and some other department organisation and also private sectors in helping our Samoan friends in addressing the impact of climate change,” he said.
Country Director of ADRA Samoa, Su’a Julia Wallwork said this is the first time Women in Climate Change has worked together with the Chinese Embassy.
“This is a much needed assistance and today we want to say thank you to the Ambassador of China to Samoa for the fund,” she said.
“It will greatly help the 20 families that we have already selected and who are in definite need of supply of water especially to use for cooking and drinking.
“These families we have recognised from that we carried out to the villages and we saw many families who are in need if water supply.
“So we will be distributing water tanks to the selected families and for sure this will be a great help for all of the.”