Volunteer achievements

Physical development


Each expedition has a building project as we work to fulfil the ‘physical development aims’ of the Towards a Healthy Fiji Islands Initiative. The building objectives achieved since our project began have been immense and have made, and continue to make a huge difference to the lives of the local people.  Think Pacific funds the entire development of these facilities, from architectural drawings to nails and paint. All of these projects could not feasibly be self funded locally or funded by other means. Each project has been assessed, monitored and supported by our local government partners to ensure the need was apparent and the project has long term sustainability and every team starts and completes a set building project during their individual expedition

Chronological history of physical development achievements:

Here are some of the physical achievements, which Think Pacific volunteers and the local community have achieved during our volunteer projects;

July 2009 – Think Pacific created a village kitchen and fitted all internal cooking facilities to enable the local people to provide hot meals for the village children in Daku, Moturiki. This was the first building achievement scheduled by the Fijian government to improve the basic needs of the communities on Moturiki. The immense gratitude from the villagers of Daku upon completing the structure made all of the hard work and effort more than worth the reward.

July 2009 – Think Pacific created a bridge to improve vital access across the stream between Daku village and Uluibau Primary School.

July 2009 -  Think Pacific renovated and improved Daku Kindergarten School, including new benches and tables and pictures for the walls. Think Pacific also created an outside paly area for the village children and provided books, games and educational resources.

July 2009 – Think Pacific renovated Daku village Clinic, interior and exterior. This included creating new beds and providing basic medical equipment for the local people as well as repairing doors, walls and windows.

September 2009 – Our team completely refurbished a dilapidated building in Naicabecabe village to provide the village with a multipurpose community centre, designed to specifications for the US Peace Corps to lead subsequent long term health and training workshops. This was a huge project involving lots of team work by the volunteers and local community.

September 2009 – Think Pacific created a bridge across the stream in Naicabecabe to provide safe access for villagers to reach their plantations and school children to cross the stream to school.

January 2010 – This saw one of our largest building projects to date as the Think Pacific January team and the local community created a multi-purpose community centre and kindergarten school for Nasauvuki village. This building was creating in eight weeks from foundations to the completed, painted and beautifully finished building. Think Pacific also refurbished school classrooms, including renovations to windows, book cases, desks and chairs.

April 2010 – Think Pacific’s April team created a sanitation block, comprising of toilets, showers and septic tank for Navuti village. The building structure was completed from foundations to the fully functional building in just three weeks. New toilets, piping and wash facilities were installed and connected.

May 2010 – Think Pacific’s May team created a sanitation block comprising of toilets, showers and septic tank for Niubasaga village. The building structure was completed from foundations to a fully functional building in just three weeks. New toilets, piping and wash facilities were installed and connected and a motor pump was installed to pump water into the sanitation system.

July 2010 – Think Pacific’s July team Installed a fresh water system and water tanks to Savuna village. This involved creating a stand for the giant water tank, laying underground piping to each home and connecting a motor to pump fresh water directly into each villagers home to provide drinking water taps and outside showers.

September 2010 – Think Pacific’s September team built a community centre and kindergarten school for Uluibau village.  This was a significant achievement by the team and the local community who all worked so hard to build the centre. Uluibau have been trying to fundraise and create such a facility in their village for over ten years. This was one of the first projects to be highlighted by our government partners and it was an incredibly rewarding moment for Think Pacific to fund and create the project and for the community to finally be cutting the ribbon and have the facility in full use..

January 2011 – Think Pacific’s January 2011 team built a community centre and kindergarten school for Yanuca village in its entirety.  This was a tremendous achievement by the team, who begin by digging foundations, laying posts, mixing cement by hand and then painstakingly creating the whole structure piece by piece by hand. The whole project was started and opened for use within eight weeks of the Yanuca team’s project.

January 2011 – This was the first project on Batiki Island by Think Pacific volunteers. Our team built the first kindergarten school on this island. This was a huge moment for the villagers as the team and the local community created the entire structure by hand. The project was completed and opened for use within eight weeks.

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