Lions Club member makes a difference to village

Terranora Lion Peter Maroney, fellow MiVAC volunteer Michael Weibler and locals Vang and Mua with the mixer. Photo: Contributed
Terranora Lion Peter Maroney, fellow MiVAC volunteer Michael Weibler and locals Vang and Mua with the mixer. Photo: Contributed Contributed

THE Terranora Lions Club has a roar that extends throughout the world.

Peter Maroney from the Lions Club of Terranora Lakes is currently in Lao assisting the MiVAC Trust in their efforts to improve the lives of the impoverished people in the village of Ban Xai, 30 km West of Phonsavan.

"This area was the location of some of the fiercest fighting and heaviest bombardment during the Secret War associated with the Vietnam War era and much of the country still contains unexploded ordinance and active minefields," a spokesman for the club said.

As part of the Ban Xai project the MiVAC Trust is establishing a model village to teach the locals improved husbandry.

This includes the construction of a biodigestor to recycle animal waste into methane gas for cooking and lighting for the production of a quality liquid fertilizer.

"They needed to purchase a concrete mixer to take some of the hard work out of construction," the spokesman said.

"Prior to his departure Mr Maroney briefed the club on the project and the members agreed to make a donation of $570 for the purchase of the mixer."

"Peter is pleased to report that it has been put to good use easing the back breaking task of hand mixing concrete for the biodigestor base and walls and will soon be put to further use completing the biodigestor roof slab, a couple of concrete water tanks and a pigsty."

"The MiVAC team are most appreciative of the donation."

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