NATIONWIDE POVERTY REDUCTION INITIATIVE
PRESENTED TO SOLOMON ISLANDS PRIME MINISTER (1.30)
(ii) designing the traditional resort and bungalows and overseeing construction using resources from community teak /coconut plantations & jungle
(iii) Teaching western hospitality basics to local communities
(iii) establishing the first cultural tour in the country.
The project involved networking at the grassroots level, educating and collaborating with villages, as well as remote travel to research and document locations for promotional purposes. The proposal outlined second and third phases also, being the development of 30 more sites in the near future; with a long term goal over 3-5 years of approximately 200 more built nationwide. Discussions were had with the Prime Minister about how ecotourism sites can be constructed at low cost nationwide, with limited impact on the environment and culture, as well as how they can be marketed internationally - see video.
Construction continues on this site, driven solely by the will of the people to better their lives, who are being well supported by their government through the provision of grants and training programs nationwide. This project was devised to create employment throughout local communities and to assist the government in ecotourism development...
Upon departure, SCP's final salute to the country was the creation of Solomon Power (previously SEIA), which involved collaborating with the Board of Directors and upper management in all facets of the rebranding: ( see PR video )
Images are of the ecotourism site under construction, located 2.5 hours drive outside the capital, Honiara, on a remote, long stretch of beach owned by three villages.
Bungalows are to be built along the remote beach, and on a reef 3 km off shore.
Three villages (totaling 400 people) on Guadalcanal gave the green light on a
communal vote for this project created by our Company Director, Bradley Rae,
pictured here at one of the villages. 2017