20 Mar 2009

UNICEF Pacific says communities contributing to improving children's lives

2:56 pm on 20 March 2009

The aid agency, the United Nations Children's Fund says communities in the Pacific are contributing in the challenge to improve the lives of children.

Its Chief of Policy, Advocacy, Planning and Evaluation for UNICEF Pacific, Dr Will Parks says some children still lack access to education, water or sanitation.

But, he says Pacific communities, governments and help groups are working together to help resolve these types of problems.

Dr Parks believes Pacific communities are eager to help improve children's lives.

"Communities, rural villages... etc... are very very capable of organising themselves and contributing to progress. We've seen recently for example in the tsunami that hit the Solomon Islands in 2007, the efforts of communities to rehabilitate the villages and the water supply and their schools themselves using local material...etc."