April 2010 volunteer project

Navuti village


1. PROJECT OBJECTIVES

The Community Tourism project of April 2010 had been requested to achieve specific aims in the village of Navuti. These aims stem from the action plans submitted by the villagers of Navuti, 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 Navuti Village as:

1.1 Physical Development 

1.1.1 To build a village toilet and shower, with two toilets, two showers and a wash basin, designed by Think Pacific’s architect Aporosa Vasu, and built under the supervision of Think Pacific building manager Jack Whippy. This block will act as an important facility for the entire village, facilitating improved health and cleanliness.

1.1.2 To paint the newly built toilet and shower block, both inside and out, and to paint the roof.

1.1.3 To replace roofing irons on the community hall roof.

1.2 Youth Initiatives

1.2.1 To equip and assist the kindergarten for the village children already running at the Moturiki District School, introducing numbers, colours, arts, crafts, music and drama, which is led bythe village teacher Laisa.

1.2.2 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 badminton lessons for the Moturiki District School children.5

1.4 Income Generation Projects

1.4.1 To advise the Navuti Bakery and village shop on fundamental business concepts, including profit and loss, sales targets and cash flow forecasts.

1.4.2 To implement business strategies to improve the profit of the Navuti bakery and village shop.

1.5 Positive Cultural Interaction
 
1.5.1 To create a positive interaction between community tourists and villagers by advising community tourists to respect Fijian culture and customs and village protocol.

1.5.2 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$ 8080.60 (eight thousand and eighty dollars and sixty cents) solely for the completion of the project objectives in Navuti. 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 toilet and shower block from foundations to completed structure.

2.1.2 Painting of block completed in its entirety.

2.1.3 Roofing irons replaced on community hall roof.

2.1.4 Sports equipment, including 20 Badminton rackets and shuttle cocks, to improve and assist in the implementation of sports development at the Moturiki District School.

2.1.5 An outside activities area at the kindergarten.

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

2.2 Youth Initiatives

2.2.1 Daily assistance provided to Kindergarten children. Initiatives included teaching numbers and colours, songs and nursery rhymes introduced, and arts and crafts.

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 ‘Washing hands and teeth brushing teeth club’ introduced for the kindergarten children.

2.2.4 Community tourist Yasmeen Patel introduced “Young Enterprise” for classes 7 & 8 at the Moturiki District School.

2.2.4.1 Young Enterprise is a concept taught at secondary schools across the UK. Pupils get in to teams and set up real business by selling shares allocating real company roles including managing director & sales/marketing/production teams. The aim is to enable children to think for themselves about how real business works, whilst building on their team, communication, and presentation skills.

2.2.4.2 The four teams were given a budget of $10 and the businesses included: Nail Ninjas were cutting nails for 20c, Team Mango Skin were selling mango skin pieces for 10c, Orange Team sold cup cakes for 40c and juice for 10c, and The Crusaders, who sold popcorn for 50c and pawpaw skin for 20c. The Crusaders were the winning team, making a profit of $14.

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 badminton to supplement the programme that included rugby, netball, rounders, football, cricket, hockey 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 Navuti “ TP Olympics’ organised in the final week. This involved competitions in frisbee, badminton, football, hockey and fun races.

3.3.3 Games introduced for kindergarten children as part of their daily programme, including relay races, catch games and an assault course.

2.4. Village Initiatives
 
2.4.1 Business concepts introduced for income generating development in the village bakery and shop were understood by those running the businesses, however further discussions and advice will be needed to ensure the strategies are implemented. These strategies included:

2.4.1.1 The bakery buying a further three baking tins to ensure the maximum usage of the oven per bake, setting up a regular schedule to bake bread for neighbouring villages Nasauvuki and Nassesara, as well as Navuti to generate increased profit per week, and having monthly revues of costs to ensure pricing is correct.

2.4.1.2 The village shop was advised to buy the ingredients on behalf of the bakery, thus removing the bakery’s costs of travel to Levuka, and generating further profit for the shop.

2.4.1.3 The bakery was advised to raise the price of bread per loaf to $1.10, as the costs per loaf were worked out at 89cents and the current price at $1 therefore only generating 11c profit.

2.4.1.4 The village shop was advised to hold a village meeting to discuss broadening their stock, generating further profit and reducing the need for the villagers to visit Levuka themselves.

2.4.2 Village activities such as mat weaving and making a ‘bilo’ 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. Community tourist Rebecca Fox took a dance class for the villagers which was very well received.

2.4.3 The village homestays were an absolute highlight for the community tourists, as they made extremely strong bonds with their village families and friends.

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