September 2009 volunteer project

Naicabecabe village


1. PROJECT OBJECTIVES:

The Community Tourism project of September 2009 has been requested to achieve specific aims in the village of Naicabecabe. These aims stem from the action plans submitted by the villagers of Naicabebabe, and the subsequent workshops and assessments conducted by the Lomaiviti Provincial Council and the Fijian Government to review their proposals and achieve their local development targets. Following approval by the National Health Promotion Council and under the direction of the Lomaiviti Provincial Council and the Integrated Community Development Taskforce, Think Pacific has been requested to assist Naicabecabe Village.

The priority project objectives set forward by Naicabecabe Village were:

1.1 Physical Development

1.1.1 To renovate the existing structure of the old church into a community hall. This includes changing joists, walling, flooring, rafters, top plates, bottom plates, doors, windows, roofing irons and flashings. This hall will act as a central and important facility for the entire village, facilitating community interaction, cultural protocol, education and training. The primary use is to enable the entire community to gather together for village meetings, host guests and perform ceremonies.  The hall will act as a place for teaching kindergarten classes, evening homework clubs for the village children and will host a women’s club. Training workshops, adult literacy programmes, health awareness initiatives, and youth employment workshops will be conducted in this facility by the Fijian government in 2010 following its completion.

1.1.2 To paint the newly built community hall, both inside and out, and to paint the roof.

1.1.3 To create a walkway across the creek, allowing safer crossing for the villagers to their plantations and children in walking to school in the next village.

1.1.4 To create a concrete path over the second creek immediately after walkway to improve safety in the wet season.

1.2 Youth Initiatives

1.2.1 To establish, equip and run a kindergarten for the village children, introducing numbers, colours, arts, crafts, music and drama, which will be led by ladies of Naicabecabe, who have already been nominated by the village to continue this project in the long term.

1.2.3 To fulfil the aims of the National Health Promotion Council, by leading classes in health and environment awareness programmes, focusing on waste management, recycling, infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases and oral health, re-enforcing positive messages for Fijian Youths.

1.2.4 At the request of the headmaster, to assist the teachers at the Moturiki District School with daily lessons and activities for 3 age groups.

1.3 Sports Development

1.3.1 To encourage sports uptake through the introduction of the first daily PE lessons at Moturik District School, in Nasauvuki village.

1.3.2 To provide equipment and enable access to coaching in a variety of sports including rugby, netball, football, rounders, cricket and Frisbee.

1.3.3 To support local teachers with training practises and share basic sports knowledge so they can continue the sports training as a long term and structured programme.

1.3.4 To instigate the first swimming lessons for the village children.

1.3.5 To facilitate for Moturiki District School students to partake in sports tournaments (netball for girls, rugby for boys) at the Old Capital Festival in Levuka.

1.4 Positive Cultural Interaction

1.4.1 To create a positive interaction between community tourists and villagers by advising community tourists to respect Fijian culture and customs and village protocol.

1.4.2 To facilitate skills sharing from the Fijian people to the community tourists, advising and instructing community tourists in traditional village protocol, and Fijian skills such as weaving, cooking, fishing and farming.

2. PROJECT REVIEW

In total Think Pacific donated F$ 13,667.80 (thirteen thousand, six hundred and sixty seven dollars) solely for the completion of the project objectives in Naicabecabe. This funding purchased the materials and resources needed to fulfil the following building, youth and sports initiatives:

2.1 Physical Achievements

2.1.1 Renovation of the entire community hall from foundations to completed structure.

2.1.2 Painting of hall completed in its entirety.

2.1.3 New bridge completed across the creek replacing wooden log.

2.1.4 Concrete walkway completed immediately after bridge, across second creek.

2.1.5 New decorations, and art, craft and musical equipment and books for the kindergarten.

2.1.6 Decorative artwork drawn for community hall interior at the request of the Ratu.

2.2 Youth Initiatives

2.2.1 Daily assistance provided to Kindergarten children. Initiatives included one-to-one English lessons, new songs and nursery rhymes introduced, art and craft competitions, basic mathematics and science lessons, meke routines rehearsed and performed for entire village during the last weekend of festivities. 

2.2.2 Daily assistance provided in the Moturiki District School, with community tourists supporting teachers, as requested by the school, for classes 3, 4, 7 & 8.

2.2.3 Health programmes conducted in Moturiki District School and Naicabecabe kindergarten as requested by Moturiki District School and the Fijian Ministry for Health. This included:

2.2.4 ‘washing hands and brushing teeth club’ for the kindergarten children.

2.2.5 In school the community tourists led workshops on basic 1st Aid concepts including AVPU, ABC, the recovery position, CPR, drowning and choking.  They looked at ways to deal with minor but common 1st aid scenarios such as burns, glass in wounds and diahorrea. These programmes were directed by community tourists and Think Pacific leaders with the relevant qualifications in First Aid administration, to ensure effective skills and knowledge transfer.

2.2.6 The programme also included workshops on healthy eating, healthy foods and the importance of fruit and vegetables.

2.2.7 Children and Youths worked with community tourists and local teachers in small groups to examine and discuss health concerns such as diabetes and epilepsy, Aids and STI’s, linking their teaching with the health science syllabus.

2.2.8 Environment programmes conducted in Moturiki District School and Naicabecabe kindergarten. This included;

2.2.9 A litter pick organise for the village children, following lessons and small workshops.

2.2.10 Kindergarten classes involved colouring in endangered animals, recognising different species and learning to spell the species’ names.

2.2.11 In Moturiki District School, the community tourists led workshops on waste management, looking at general practice in Fiji such as incineration and burial and explaining alternative methods including recycling and composting. Workshops focused upon endangered species in Fiji and the problems induced by littering.

2.2.12 School and kindergarten music lessons taken by community tourist Chris Coriniti were extremely successful in introducing the children to new instruments and songs. Recorder lessons were introduced for the kindergarten children, saxophone, guitar and singing lessons also formed part of the timetable.

2.2.13 The school computer classes organised by community tourists for classes 7 & 8 were very well received, as the children gained an understanding of the main techniques and skills as they prepare to join secondary school on the neighbouring islands where computers are used as part of the secondary teaching.

2.3 Sports Development

2.3.1 Volleyball net and new court established for Naicabecabe. Regular games played in the community, which will be continued as a regular form of exercise and structured competition for the village youth in particular.

2.3.2. Daily sports lessons taken at 2.30pm-4pm by the Think Pacific community tourists at Moturiki District School (MDS), for all age groups. Community tourists introduced alternative sports including rounders, football, cricket, frisbeee and swimming lessons for classes 1 & 2 to compliment coaching in rugby and netball. Introduction of these sports was very successful, with interest and potential shown by the children. Equipment left with the school so that the coaching can be maintained by the local teachers.

2.3.3 Community Tourists coached the MDS Netball and Rugby teams at Under 10, 12 & 14 levels for the Old Capital Festival Kati Sports Competition, introducing new tactics, warm up techniques and tactical plays.

2.3.4 Community tourists Alice Hawkes and Emily Vibert made incredible progress with the netball teams, with the under 10s, 12s and 14s unbeaten throughout their group games, and ultimately the under 12s were beaten finalists and the under 14s beaten semi-finalists. The under 10s were disqualified for fielding an ineligible player.

2.3.5 Joe Janney, Scott Hooker, Tim Hooper and Harry Hunter also made excellent progress with the rugby teams, with the under 10s reaching the final, the under 12s losing just two matches and the under 14s reaching the semi-finals.

2.3.6 In preparation for the tournament the community tourists arranged practice fixtures and matches, experience which was vital during the tournament itself and introducing the children to their first organised and structured games.

2.3.7 Community football match arranged by community tourists, with Joe Janney and Oli Gray the captains, and selecting their team from Think Pacific community tourists and village members in Naicabecabe and Nasauvuki. The match was a huge success in introducing football as a competitive sport to the village members, who showed immense potential in a sport they have little knowledge of.

2.3.8 ‘Naicabecabe Olympics’ organised in the final week. This involved competitions in rounders, frisbee, football and volleyball..

2.3.9 Games introduced for kindergarten children as part of their daily programme, including relay races, catch games, ‘British bulldog’, rounders and cricket.

2.3.10 Community tourists arranged a ‘Sports Day’ for the kindergarten children, with wheelbarrow races, egg and spoon races, sack races and relays.

2.4 Village Initiatives

2.4.1 Village activities such as mat weaving, making a ‘bilo’, spear fishing and plantation trips were very well received by the community tourists and enabled local people to transfer their skills to the Community Tourists. Community Tourists gained greater respect and understanding for Fijian culture and traditional local skills.

2.4.2 The village homestays were an absolute highlight for the community tourists, as they made extremely strong bonds with their village families and friends. Upon leaving the village the entire team were in tears saying goodbye to their families. Since returning to the UK members of the team have phoned Fiji and sent letters of gratitude and emails to Think Pacific UK expressing their connection and bond to their ‘second home’ in Naicabecabe.

2.4.3 Community Tourists Helen Douglas (24), Alice Hawkes (19), Adam Burt (22) and Maria De Freitas (18) celebrated birthdays during the project in Naicabecabe, and the celebrations were a fabulous occasion of Fijian celebration. Their families slaughtered animals, provided the traditional masi dress, held beach bonfires and ate together in the community hall. Such celebrations are very memorable for the group and community.

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