About the Project
This is TCDT’s longest running project, originated in 1978 and known as Village Women Development (VWD). It is a grass-root development program that work closely with small village-based women development groups. The program encourages women to work together in small groups to achieve common development needs. The program is now focusing its effort in the outer islands of Vavaʻu, Ha’apai and ʻEua which are more disadvantaged by their geographical isolation and distance from the main government administration and commercial centre in Nukuʻalofa.
Women's groups are empowered and are contributing to the following outputs:
- improved food security and nutrition for families - promote vegetable gardening, domestic chicken and pig farming
- improved home environment - encourage flower gardening, proper waste management, and preservation of traditional women knowledge and skills
- improved family health - construct rainwater catchments and sanitation facilities
- improved capacities and skills - conduct training workshop on various skills needed for home/community development
- transferred and preserved traditional skills, such as, pelu koloa, healthy diet, etc
- disadvantaged families are self sufficient (ala tonu)
- womens groups are collectively engaging on small investment to fund some of their immediate needs.
- group members are working more collaboratively and contribute to the peace and security of their families and communities
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