May 2010 volunteer project

Niubasaga village


1. PROJECT OBJECTIVES

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 Niubasaga Village as:

1.1 Physical Development
 
1.1.1 To build a village toilet and shower block, with two toilets, two showers and a double 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 provide the materials for a septic tank, to be built by the community after the project completion.

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, the human body, arts, crafts, music and drama, which is led by the 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.

1.3.2 To provide equipment and enable access to coaching in a variety of sports including rugby, netball, football, rounders, cricket, hockey, badminton 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 kick boxing lessons for the Moturiki District School children. 5

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$ 6387.30 (six thousand three hundred and eighty seven dollars and thirty cents) solely for the completion of the project objectives in Niubasaga. 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 Sports equipment, including rugby balls and a volleyball and volleyball net, to improve and assist in the implementation of sports development at the Moturiki District School.

2.1.4 An outside activities area at the kindergarten.

2.1.5 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 & 8.

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 kick boxing 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.

2.3.3 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 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 12
Community Tourists. Community Tourists gained greater respect and understanding for Fijian culture and traditional local skills.

2.4.2 Due to the success of the kindi fundraiser “Bingo Night”, which raised $168.60, and fun day, which raised $141.10 in Niubasaga, Think Pacific will continue to include such events in every project. Think Pacific believe it important for the Lomaiviti Council to follow up with the community to ensure that the money is used for worthwhile initiatives.

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