Education – Success Story
Meet Vanessa, a delightful 20-year-old girl from Sasagana Village in the Marovo Lagoon. Vanessa entered the Solutions education program in 2006 when she began Form 1 (year 7). Vanessa excelled through high school and was a polite and diligent student. As Vanessa approached the end of secondary school, it became apparent her dreams and aspirations were beyond her school’s offering. Unfortunately, as is almost always the case, the cost of pursuing her dreams was far beyond the means of her family.
“I have dreams. To achieve those dreams I need help to continue my studies and one day become a fully qualified accountant. This will allow me to come back and get a good job, so I can help support my family. Then maybe one day I can help support my brother and sisters achieve their dreams.”
Luckily for Vanessa a very special person was about to make her dreams reality. Russell is a diver and his passion for diving brought him to the Marovo. However what he found was much more than a holiday destination.
“I’ve been to the Solomon Islands five times. I see so much intellectual potential at risk of being overridden by pure capitalist greed, such as the foreign logging companies. To be able to help young Solomon Islanders reach their full potential I feel is the key to their small nation’s real future.”
Through Russell’s incredibly generous support, Vanessa was able to secure a place at the Pacific Adventist University in Papua New Guinea and is on track to complete her Bachelor of Business, majoring in Accounting and Computing, in 2018.
It is students like Vanessa we wish to continue to identify and support through our tertiary program, and allow them to reach their full potential.