I would like to thank the sponsors and organizers of this competition. In Solomon Islands, especially in Honiara our capital City, transportation is a significant individual, family and community Asset. Having a car will mean a lot of things to a Solomon Islander. It is indeed a great opportunity to join this competition to personally own a car from Japan. I think you should pick me as a winner because (a) all along I have been dream of owning a car from Japan (b) I think Japanese used cars are cheap and affordable and its economical to run (c) by observing friends and relatives who own a Japanese used cars reflects better and improved livelihood. Like any other countries in the world transport in Solomon Islands is ideal to the context modern Solomon Island communities. For, example, I would like to think of cars from Japan as cheap and affordable, I would like to think about cars from Japan as quality, I would like to think about cars from Japan to economically relevant to Solomon Island context. I would like to think cars from Japan as an act of generosity to common people with little financial capabilities. In Solomon Islands public transportation is scars and the recent importation of cars from Japan has significantly addressing these transportation gaps.
To further, elaborate on the points raised above.
(a) My dream to own a car from Japan.
My dream to have a car from Japan is a personal one and I am to a point where I think this dream will never come true. Over the last sixteen years I have been working for local NGO. Being one of the lowest paid staff, I effortlessly tried in the past to save money to purchase a car from Japan, however the dream has been suspended by the increase demand from School fees, daily cost of Honiara living making this dream to die.
(b) Benefit of owning a car from Japan
Living and owning a car in Honiara not only means ease to your transportation needs but speaks volumes of success to other personal and daily business activities but addresses the following areas; It’s available whenever you want right at your house, no need to make your way to a bus stop or taxi station and then wait for the bus/taxi to arrive (late, as usual). The amount of time saved by not getting to and waiting for public transport is significant. If I caught a bus to work it would probably take 30 -45 minutes from leaving home to getting to work, probably early (more wasted time). I found from friends that driving their own car is cheaper than catching public transport in Honiara. When speaking to friend live fairly close to the Honiara city, he said it takes me on average 45 minutes to drive to work from home and I might fill up my car for $80 once every two weeks. Catching the bus daily would cost me about $24/day or $240 over two weeks. It’s often late, if it turns up at all. If you live close to the bus stop it can be full by the time it gets to you (I don’t know how many full buses drove straight past me when I lived in Rove, but it was annoying every time it happened). If it’s been raining, there is no bus stopover smells and the filthy dogs seems to congregate around and my goodness, avoid the morning and afternoon school rush whenever possible! when it rains or is windy, you have a warm, comfortable sheath to travel in. No need to wait out in the open getting hammered by the weather. Most outer suburbs in Honiara are poorly serviced by public transport. Even where it is available it can be unreasonably expensive.Unless you want to shop or eat out every day, you will need to transport more than one time to do shopping and carry two or three shopping bags at some point. I drive a car and be in White River in a couple of minutes for the cost less than a half tank of fuel and I’d be home in time for dinner. I doubt the hassle and time involved would be worth even trying to get there if I had to make other arrangements and travelling in a public bus. Therefore, having your own car will address some of the transportation issues mentioned above.
Furthermore, I think on a positive note, owning a car from Japan comes responsibility to learn critical financial principles. The operation and maintenance of a vehicle includes budgeting for fuel, repairs, and insurance. Owning a vehicle gives access more and varied jobs, arrive to work on time, and be available for additional or irregular shifts, resulting in an increased earning potential.
However, for many families, car ownership has the power to do more than improve credit or financial literacy. Car ownership builds stronger families as parents are able to take an active role in their children’s lives. Children of people with cars are thriving due to increased educational opportunities and activities, such as after-school tutoring or athletics. When relying on public transit, families may spend multiple hours per day on their travel alone. Owning a vehicle allows families to shorten their travels tremendously, resulting in more time to pursue meaningful time and activities together.
Families who own a vehicle are also able to take better care of their health. Without a vehicle, families may neglect routine procedures such as check-ups and immunizations because they are unable to easily access primary care physicians or urgent care centers.
Obtaining a car for reliable transportation is an effective way to support low-income families out of poverty by increasing options for healthcare, childcare, and employment.
Ultimately, owning an affordable, reliable car enables people to:
• Secure higher-paying jobs
• More Work hours
• Alleviate stress
• Achieve a better quality of life