ERSA is passionate about improving community safety and building resilience. To further its objectives as a socially responsible company, ERSA has donated 100,000VT (approx $1200) to the Disability Support Program at Pikinini Playtime at a presentation in Port Vila, Vanuatu. The Disability Support Program is the first of its kind at a school in Vanuatu and sponsors children with disabilities so that they can attend school for free.
The donation will be used to help fund Elvin James (the Coordinator for Partnering with Parents at Pikinini Playtime) on an exchange program with the Mangere East Family Centre in Auckland. The Centre has a focus on working closely with parents and their communities to build resilience and improve the educational opportunities for children.
ERSA Chairman, Ken Granger, said “Developing resilience within communities is a part of what we do. Resilient communities can care for themselves by using their own resources. They are better able to respond and recover after a disaster no matter what the causes. Supporting Elvin to develop her skills will enable her to help many parents, their children and the broader community over time. We have been very encouraged seeing the progress that is being made through the school’s Disability Support Program and we welcome this opportunity to be able to contribute.”