There were only words of gratitude from Saanapu Primary School last week as they celebrated the opening of their new hall, perimeter fence and dual water tanks.
This project was funded by the US government at a cost of USD$660,000.
Saanapu’s school building was damaged by Cyclone Evan and while the most critical needs of the school were addressed immediately by the Government of Samoa, but there was still a need for further repair and improvements.
The new additions include:
1. Construction of a new 420 square meter school hall;
2. New perimeter fence;
3. Dual water tank and pump system, including water tower tank stand, with improved drinking water station;
4. Various repairs to the existing main school building.
Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Solamalemalo Keneti Sio delivered the keynote address where he extended Samoa’s thank you to the US Ambassador, Mark Gilbert, praising the completion of the project.
“We acknowledge with heartfelt appreciation your kind support to the development of education in Samoa,” said Loau.
“Not only Saanapu, but your continuous aid to further construction works planned for Sataoa Primary School and Safata College.
“Please convey to your Government our gratitude for your generosity in assisting our country through various developments.”
Ambassador Gilbert in his address said the school hall was built in accordance with the international building code and US engineering standards and is certified to withstand a category 5 cyclone.
“Our hope is that this new facility, water system, fence and other school repairs will vastly improve the education experience at Saanapu Primary. I trust that you see this project as symbolic of our enduring support and of the vibrant friendship our two nations enjoy,” said Mr Gilbert.
The cutting of the ribbon for the new hall was executed by Mrs Nancy Gilbert and CEO for the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture.
The village also presented cultural gifts for the guests.