Prince William and Kate visit World Vision in South Pacific

The royal couple stopped in the Solomon Islands as part of their Diamond Jubilee tour of Asia and the South Pacific. There, they wittnessed World Vision’s efforts to come alongside communities and help them escape poverty.

By Lauren Fisher and Shawna Templeton, World Vision U.S.
Published September 17, 2012 at 12:00am PDT

Great Britain’s Prince William and his wife, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, gained greater insight into international aid and development in the Pacific region during a visit to the Solomon Islands.

World Vision hosted the royal couple and introduced them to our work helping communities overcome poverty.

The stop is part of a Diamond Jubilee tour of Asia and the South Pacific , representing Queen Elizabeth II and celebrating her 60 years on the throne.

A firsthand look at poverty and solutions

The South Asia and Pacific region is home to a billion people who live on less than $2 a day. Levels of chronic childhood hunger and malnutrition are among the highest in the world.

During their two-day stay, the royal couple visited with World Vision staff, as well as local families working their way out of poverty with the help of World Vision, like young business owners Louise and Cain Whitney.

The Duke and Duchess meet local business owner, Cain, and his drove of piglets. (Photo: World Vision)

World Vision has been working with the community for the past 18 months to change attitudes toward substance abuse and violence and create opportunities for youth through education and training.

Cain left school early, turned to drugs and alcohol, and was unable to meet his family’s needs. After receiving training from World Vision, he started a small piggery business and now feels more confident because he can support his family.

Upon meeting Cain and his drove of piglets, the Duke suggested that “Will and Kate” might be apt names for the baby pigs.

Cain’s wife, Louise, attended training as well and now runs her own grocery store. Louise says they now have “peace in the home” and a bright future for their children.

The Duchess of Cambridge also attended a morning tea, where she met Koisau Sade, World Vision’s gender coordinator. Koisau shared about World Vision’s work to address domestic violence in the Solomon Islands, like our work with church leaders to help change men’s attitudes toward women.

Duchess Catherine meets Louise, a mother in Burns Creek who benefited from World Vision programs in her community. (Photo: World Vision)

Decades of experience empowering communities

World Vision is one of the largest and most experienced non-governmental relief and development agencies in the Solomon Islands.

We have been working there for more than three decades, with a special focus on children and empowering communities to shape their own development in areas like health, education, and economic development.

“We are honored to host such an influential pair of young leaders,” says World Vision’s Solomon Islands country program director, Andrew Catford.

“Our goal is that they’ll walk away with an understanding about how we are empowering communities to overcome poverty in the Solomon Islands.”

How you can help

Pray pray for women, children, and families in the Solomon Islands. Pray that communities mired in poverty and struggling with drugs, alcohol, and physical abuse would gain access to the resources they need to overcome these obstacles.

Make a one-time donation to our Girls and Women in Crisis Fund. Your gift will be used where it’s needed most around the world, protecting girls and women by equipping skilled, local staff to offer training, education, counseling, small business loans, and other programs that reach women and girls — helping to end cycles of abuse and unhealthy beliefs.