Archive for the ‘Volunteer achievements’ Category

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Build Achievement – Extremely proud moment for our volunteer team & Uluibau community as new UPS Kindergarten is officially opened!


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After 8 weeks of hard work and dedication, Wednesday proved an extremely proud moment for our volunteer team and the Uluibau community as the new Uluibau Primary School Kindergarten was offiicially opened! The day started off with a traditional ‘SevuSevu’ ceremony put on for all the guests who had come for the occasion to be accepted and welcomed to the village.

Whilst we were doing this the ladies of the village decorated up our new building, and so when we stepped out of the room where the ceremony was held, the Kindi was truly something to behold. With palm leaves over the door, and balloons and banners on the inside, it was a clear display of how appreciative the village was to our team for the hard work they had put in.

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The rope was cut by the Ratu, or Chief, of the Village, and the building was announced as open. Following this the team, the people of the village, and all the school children went inside as the building was blessed by the Preacher. The school then sang hymns and the Headmaster made a very moving speech about what this Think Pacific team had brought to the village; not only in terms of the building itself, but the attitude and team-spirit they had demonstrated.

We were then taken out onto the field outside the school for a tea party, before the school performed a traditional Meke dance for us. It was a very special day, and it was an incredible moment to see the building in all its glory!

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

Gau Team – Building Achievement; Huge pride for volunteers and community members as the Lovu Village Health Clinic is officially opened!


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This week was the last week of build. The opening for the Health Clinic was on Friday and the village was anxiously awaiting the big reveal. Our family described to us how important and useful this centre will be to the villagers and the overall wellbeing of the community. This week on build we were painting the interior, exterior and the roof. We also fit the windows, varnished furniture, sanded the floor and created a Think Pacific logo.

The logo was a group design that leaves a lasting reminder on the building of our time here. The finishing touches to the build were hard word but we were all eager to meet our deadline and creating something we can all look back and be proud of. But I’m proud to say we completed the build!

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The whole team came together to make sure that the build was at the highest standard possible before opening. We are all proud of what we have accomplished in only 4 weeks. The build stands in the center of the village with a cream and sky blue colour scheme that fits in well with the village. Our logo, a turtle (the chief’s symbol) and two palm trees, also contains each team members name. The health center will remain an integral part of the community for years to come!

by Katy

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Gau Team – A proud moment & fantastic celebration for Nukuloa village and our volunteer team as Community Hall is officially opened!


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Today is the big day. We are finally opening the community hall. After 7 weeks of hard work, sheer determination, ups and downs, and on occasion blindly following Semi’s instruction, we have built the hall. I don’t think any of us can quit get to grips with the idea that we have done it…but we did and we are all so proud!

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Half 4 rolled round and everyone was there (thankfully), although the rain had seemed to get persistently worse. Once the hall had been officially opened and everyone was safely inside away from the storm, we started on the speeches. Leader Danny gave a really nice one from Think Pacific, followed by one of the elders, and then the pastor read a passage from the bible and blessed the hall. One by one some of the villagers came and thanked us individually, shaking hands and sniffing us as is tradition!

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After all the important stuff the grog started to flow. We all sat in the hall until 7pm, and then we made our way over to the old grog shed one last time as a group for dinner made by all the lovely ladies. It was amazing, especially the pork! After dinner we headed back home to change into our clothes for the meke.

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Us girls all wore TP stash with flower headbands and bracelets, while the guys all worse grass skirts and very little else! The meke’s all seemed to go pretty smoothly, with only a couple of hiccups, but regardless everyone seemed to love it and there was a lot of clapping, shouting, noise and general carry-on!

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Once the meke’s were done it was time for some major ‘hop hop’ and grog drinking. Everyone was having a great time and it was amazing to be using the hall that we had built. Slowly the night turned into the early hours of Saturday morning, and before we knew it, it was 8am and we were doing a conga line through the village! Very surial moment having the kids watching you dance around and knowing they have just got up and we hadn’t even gone to bed yet. I think it’s safe to say that we gave the hall the opening it desevered! A day I will always remember! 

by Vicky

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Gau 5 Week Team – Official opening of new Health Clinic a very proud moment for the Lekanai community & our volunteer team!


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To provide key infrastructure and resources for rural and maritime communities is a key aim and long term ambition of the Think Pacific Foundation, and once again the opening of the completed build project proved a special moment for the community and our volunteer team!

After 4 weeks of effort and determination, the Lekanai village Health Clinic was officially opened by the Ratu (Chief) of this wonderful village, and the village health worker shall now have a key facility for community health and wellness.

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The ceremony itself included a blessing of the building from the village priest, before a bible reading was offered and speeches given, on behalf of the village our team. The ribbon was then cut and the doors swung open, as everyone took their first look inside the new building.

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As our volunteers Kate, Ella and Tash explain, it was a fantastic occasion:

“The village priest cut the ribbon over the door and the villagers were eagerly awaiting their chance to have a look at the inside. They were so full of appreciation and showered us with cake and pie. It has been amazing to see the progress of the build over the 4 weeks, and we have all been so happy to have contributed to it.”

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Moturiki Team – A proud day as new Wawa village Health Clinic is officially opened!


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On Saturday morning the brand new Wawa village Health Clinic was officially opened, which was an extremely proud moment for the elders and villagers of this small island community, for the Ministry of Health, and for our volunteer team!

Following weeks of great effort and commitment on the build project, and with the finishing touches completed, everyone gathered around the building for the official ceremony. There were speeches from the Ratu of Wawa, from the Divisional Medical Officer of the Ministry of Health, and from our very own Expedition Leader Benji, before the island priest blessed the clinic with a word of prayer. The ribbon was then cut and the doors swung open, as the Wawa village health worker had a new home!

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The villagers and team then made their way to the community hall, where a huge feast had been prepared for all to enjoy to mark the occassion. It was then time to celebrate in true ‘Fiji style’, as everyone came together to drink a few bowls of kava and to enjoy the music and ‘hop hop’ into the night!

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Think Pacific would like to say a big thank you to the wonderful and kind hearted people of Wawa village, who made their community such an incredible home for our team, and to all those on Moturiki Island who made the experience so special over the past 4 weeks. And of course to our volunteer team, who leave behind a lasting legacy for their efforts and commitment to development on the island…’vinaka vaka levu’!

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Nairai Team – Grand opening of community toilet block in Vutuna village, with team performing traditional iTaukei mekes and enjoying grog party celebration!


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After all the hard work, sweat, and fun in the sun, the opening day of the Vutuna community toilet block arrived! The team dressed in their formal jaba dresses, sulus and bula shirts for a Church service with the community in the hall, before joining the village for the official opening ceremony.

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The block was opened by the Ratu of Vutuna, with Madhu dressed in the traditional Masi to present the chief with the scissors to cut the ribbon. It was a fantastic moment for all, with the culmination of all the effort and commitment across the build project. An opening speech was then delivered, and as the applause and cheers from the village echoed out, the team got into their meke dress and prepared to perform in front of the whole village.

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The girls performed perfectly, and received a massive applause from the village, whilst the boy’s posed in a bush and waited for their turn to impress. The boys had the Fijians in stitches as they jumped around with massive enthusiasm and lots of noise for the meke, finishing by smashing their fans together, followed by collapsing to the ground! The whole team did themselves proud with their mekes, and the villagers were certainly impressed and amused by the Kaivalagi moves!

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After a shower and quick change we headed back to the hall for tea and cakes with the village, after which a band and a grog bowl quickly appeared and before we knew it, it was time for a party! As always the team enbraced the grog and hop hop, as leader Frankie lead the way with Tutu Nene up and onto his feet for a hop hop, whilst Madhu danced away as she was serenaded by Te on the guitar. It was a cracking party and a wonderful end to a special day!