July 2010 volunteer project

Savuna village


The Community Tourism project of July 2010 had been requested to achieve specific aims in the village of Savuna, requested by the community following assessments by the Integrated Community Development Taskforce. The objectives were:

1.1 Physical development

1.1.1 To install a fresh water system to Savuna village, incorporating installation of a 5000L water tank and to build a stand to secure the tank. To run pvc pressure water pipes through the entire community, including each house, the community hall and the church , and to bring water from the well to the tank, to act as a water source for the village.

1.1.2 To paint both the outside and inside of the village community hall.

1.1.3. To apply rust guard paint to the community hall roof to prevent rust of the irons.

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 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 for all age groups 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 and badminton.

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.

1.4 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.5

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.


In total Think Pacific donated $ 6436.35 solely for the completion of the project objectives in Savuna. This funding purchased the materials and resources needed to fulfil the following building, youth and sports initiatives:

2.1. Physical development

2.1.1. Water tank set up. The water tank was installed and pvc pressure pipes connected to bring water to every house in the village, and also the community hall and church.

2.1.2 Water was pumped from the well via a motor pump to the tank, and water pressure was excellent throughout the community.

2.1.3. Painting of community hall completed in its entirety. Roof also painted with rust guard.

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

2.2.3. Daily assistance provided in the Moturiki District School, with community tourists supporting teachers, as requested by the school, for classes 3, 4, 5 & 6.

2.3. Sports Development

2.3.1. Daily sports lessons taken at 3pm-4pm by the Think Pacific community tourists at Moturiki District School (MDS), for all age groups. Sports included Rugby, Netball, Rounders, Football, Hockey and Badminton. Implementation 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. Sports equipment, including cones and a volleyball and volleyball net, to improve and assist in the implementation of sports development at the Moturiki District School. Equipment included donation of bibs, both child and adult, from community tourists Sophie Tennison.

2.3.3. Savuna “TP Olympics’ organised in the final week. This involved competitions in football, volleyball and fun races.

2.4. Village Initiatives

2.4.1. Village activities such as basket and fan 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.

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