The Friendship Agreement
The friendship agreement between Pittwater Shire Council and the local government of Soibada was signed in 2010.
We remain true to the terms of our agreement (see below) and do not impose our judgement or ideas on the community of Soibada. Instead, we do our best to respond to their requests and attempt to assist them to achieve sustainable development and change in accordance with the needs identified by their own community. Truly listening to the Soibada community, understanding the culture and reading between the lines can be a challenge in itself for our volunteers.
When we visit Soibada and see how very little they have, in comparison to us here in Australia, it is natural for us to draw our own conclusions, based on our lifestyles, as to what should be done in the village. As volunteers and guests we must remain humble and listen carefully not just to the verbal messages of the people but also be aware of the many complex things that remain unspoken.