January 2010 volunteer project

Nasauvuki village


1. PROJECT OBJECTIVES:

The Community Tourism project of January 2010 had been requested to achieve specific aims in the village of Nasauvuki.

These aims stem from the action plans submitted by the villagers of Nasauvuki, 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 the priority project objectives set forward by Nasauvuki Village as:

1.1 Physical Development

1.1.1 To build a village community hall, 12m by 8m in size and designed by Think Pacific’s architect Aporosa Vasu, and built under the supervision of Think Pacific building manager Jack Whippy.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. 

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

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 Nasauvuki, who have already been nominated by the village to continue this project in the long term.

1.2.2 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.

1.2.3 At the request of the headmaster, to assist the teachers at the Moturiki District School with daily lessons and activities for 4 age groups.

1.3 Sports Development

1.3.1 To encourage sports uptake through the continuation of daily PE lessons at Moturiki 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, hockey 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 hockey lessons for the Moturiki District School children.

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$ 19,233.65 (nineteen thousand, two hundred and thirty three dollars and sixty five cents) solely for the completion of the project objectives in Nasauvuki. This funding purchased the materials and resources needed to fulfil the following building, youth and sports initiatives:

2.1 Physical Development

2.1.1 Building the entire community hall from foundations to completed structure.

2.1.2 Painting of hall completed in its entirety.

2.1.3 Sports equipment, including 10 hockey sticks, to improve and assist in the implementation of sports development at the Moturiki District School.

2.1.4 Shelves, and classroom equipment, for the Moturiki District School library.

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 teaching numbers and colours, songs and nursery rhymes introduced, art and craft competitions, meke routines rehearsed and performed for entire village. 

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, 5 & 6.

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

2.2.4 Washing hands and teeth 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 Nasauvuki 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, after learning their 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 also focused upon better treatment of animals in Fiji.

2.3 Sports Development

2.3.1 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 hockey to supplement the programme that included rugby, netball, rounders, football, cricket and frisbeee. Introduction of these sports was very successful, with interest and potential shown by the children. Some equipment left with the school so that the coaching can be maintained by the local teachers.

2.3.2 Community football match arranged by community tourists, with Steven Chick and Lal Chadeesingh the captains, and selecting their team from Think Pacific community tourists and village members in 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.

2.3.3 Nasauvuki “ TP Olympics’ organised in the final week. This involved competitions in rounders, frisbee, touch rugby, football and volleyball.

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

2.3.5 Community tourists arranged a ‘Sports Day’ for the kindergarten children, with wheelbarrow races, egg and spoon races, an assault course and relays.

2.4 Village Initiatives

2.4.1 Village activities such as mat weaving, making a ‘bilo’ and spear fishing 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.

2.4.3 Community Tourists Lal Chadeesingh (19) and Alex Paske (19) celebrated birthdays during the project in Nasauvuki, and the celebrations were a fabulous occasion of Fijian celebration.

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