Big Vil­lage Project of­fers help­ing hand

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - VIR­GINIA FAL­LON

It takes a vil­lage to raise a child and Den­nis Makalio Jnr thinks Porirua fits the bill. Makalio is the man be­hind the The Big Vil­lage Project Facebook page set up to help Porirua peo­ple help each other.

‘‘I read the African proverb about tak­ing a vil­lage to raise a child,’’ he said. ‘‘Porirua is a tight com­mu­nity when it wants to be.’’

The premise of the project is for peo­ple to do­nate small amounts of money, which can then be given as food or petrol vouch­ers to those who need a hand.

Makalio posts pho­tos of the project’s bank ac­count on the Facebook page so donors can see where their money goes.

‘‘It’s set up to help with the lit­tle things, not the big emer­gen­cies.’’

He said it was not hard for peo­ple to make a dif­fer­ence in their com­mu­nity.

‘‘I was hop­ing to just put it out there for peo­ple to put $1 a week into the ac­count for things like gro­cery and petrol vouch­ers.’’

Makalio said al­though he was keen to avoid the lime­light, he did en­joy be­ing able to hand over the vouch­ers.

Porirua City is urged to get be­hind The Big Vil­lage Project.

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