Aims in Fiji
Achieving holistic development aims
Think Pacific's projects complete objectives set by a government directive, 'Towards a Healthy Fiji Initiative' (TAHF). The aim of this government directive is to achieve 'holistic development', supporting combined initiatives to achieve whole solutions to poverty issues. The vision of the TAHF is simple and fundamental: To enable rural Fijian villagers to be healthy people living in healthy settings. This is achieved through a collaborative and consultative process which fosters effective and efficient holistic development programs and strategies, the improvement of training and resources to strengthen the capacity for development and the transfer of empowering development knowledge and skills.
The TAHF government directive is based on five pillars of community based development. Here, we briefly summarise these aims.
1. Physical Wellbeing
This initiative focuses upon the development of basic and essential physical surroundings and includes improvement of water supplies, sanitation facilities, clinics, schools, community centres and vital access for villagers and projects which are essential for the vital health and well being of the community.
2. Financial Wellbeing
To support local businesses, establish enterprise and foster sustainable income generation projects for villagers. This includes the development of untapped local resources, the development of small scale income generating projects and the Identification of available markets to assist local farmers in the sale of their produce
3. Social Wellbeing
The aims is to promote Fijian culture, village structure, and the family unit within Fiji and for communities to work together to develop positive social relationships, and preserve traditional Fijian skills.
4. Mental Wellbeing
To increase knowledge transfer, education and empowerment; to improve job opportunities for Fijian youths, meet local training needs and to increase awareness of health factors and the prevention of disease.
5. Spiritual Wellbeing
Christianity in rural Fijian society is greatly valued. Fijians in the rural communities are predominantly Methodist. They believe deeply that the spiritual dimension is an individual's core, their centre and their commitment to their value systems and the government wishes to promote the concept of family and community values within rural villages.
Diverse Volunteer roles
Due to this holistic approach to community development, our volunteers are involved in a range of initiatives as part of each project. Your day-to-day volunteer roles will include helping to construct community buildings or installing fresh water supplies, leading youth, teaching and educational programmes, supporting extra-curricular activities, inspiring art, drama and music classes, leading health awareness and young enterprise initiatives, establishing and leading kindergarten programmes and introducing organised sports to children who have never had that privilege before. These are initiatives that are designed with the local communities and our government partners to be continued by the village long after your team have left.
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