The Mitiaro Development Plan Committee has successfully secured financial assistances in the form of a grant by the government of India for the purchase and supply of concrete building materials for the construction of sanitation facilities for both the Takaue-Mangarei and Atai-Auta community centres in Mitiaro.
In 2008, the Mitiaro communities set to raise $120k to renovate both the Takaue-Mangarei and Atai-Auta community centres that were first built in the 1950’s. Two years of fundraising raised $80k and construction was completed on just the main building structure.
Both Community centres serve as an accommodation venue during large events such as the CICC youth conventions, The Manea Games and other village functions.
Both centres are designated cyclone evacuation facilities as well as supplying purified drinking water to the community.
The Mitiaro Development Plan Committee have successfully completed construction of the sanitation facilities on both community centres, they would like to thank the Government of India for providing financial assistance and to the Mitiaro Community for the support that they have given throughout the duration of this project, Meitaki.
The India Grant Fund (IGF) was first announced at the 2006 Pacific Islands Forum and made available to each Pacific island countries including the Cook Islands.
It is administered by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) and funded by the Indian government under their Grant-in Aid Programme. A total of about $272,000 (US$200,000) is available for the Cook Islands to access.
For the 2016/17 IGF round, 16 projects were submitted by the Cook Islands government and subsequently funding was approved by the government of India.
The small grants are aimed at supporting grassroots communities ranging from registered Cook Island Civil Society Organisations as well as from the Pa Enua and island administrations.
These projects focus on areas that support, promote and/or develop social, economic and/or cultural development and sustainability.