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KIBCA educational scholarships
KIBCA offers a yearly educational scholarship program for Indigenous Kolombangara parents to support their child's education.
The scholarship program began in 2009, when it was run by KFPL and funded by SICCP. Since 2010, it has been run by KIBCA.
The scholarships are offered to Kolombangara landholders as an alternative to logging and supports a conservation agreement in place on the island. The conservation agreement supported by all landowners on Kolombangara Island confirms that there will be no logging above 400m altitude, effectively securing the protection of the 20,000 ha conservation area. The reason this is so important is that this is the largest of only several places in the Solomon Islands where logging is not permitted.
Funds are provided by a mix of private donors via 4nature, KFPL and SICCP. KFPL provides $10,000 SBD each year while over 40 individal donors from Australia and the United Kingdom have supported the program since 2010.
For the 2014 program, $138,000 SBD was raised for 126 scholarships. The 2013 program raised $100,000 SBD for 120 scholarships.
Please help the scholarship program
We are now seeking scholarships for the 2015 program. Please contact KIBCA if you would like to support this critical work that gives the island's next generation a strong future based on conservation, not logging. If you are based in Australia, contact our Australian charitable fundraising partner 4nature by email.
Download the one-page pdf poster for the 2013 program below for more information.