September 2010 volunteer project

Uluibau village


The Community Tourism project of September 2010 had been requested to achieve specific aims in the village of Uluibau, Moturiki, in partnership with the Lomaiviti Provincial Council and guided by the action plans of the National Centre for Health Promotion and the “Towards a Healthy Fiji” Programme. These aims include holistic development in 5 areas: Physical, Mental, Social, Financial and Spiritual. These aims stem from the action plans submitted by the villagers of Uluibau, created through workshops and assessments conducted by the Ministry of Health and the Fijian Government.

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 Uluibau Village as:

1.1 Physical Wellbeing

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 Mental Wellbeing

1.2.1 Kindergarten: To equip and run the kindergarten in Daku village for the village children, introducing numbers, colours, arts, crafts, music and drama, which will be led by the community tourists, and assisted by a member of Daku village whilst the kindergarten teacher continues her training in Suva.

1.2.2 Health & Environment Workshops: To encourage the aims of the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Environment, by leading classes in health and environment awareness programmes, focusing on waste management, recycling, infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases and oral health as examples.

1.2.3 School: To assist the teachers at the Uluibau Primary School, with daily lessons and activities for classes 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8. 

1.2.4 Sports development: To encourage sports uptake through the introduction of daily sports coaching lessons at Uluibau Primary School. To provide equipment and enable access to coaching in a variety of sports including rugby, netball, football, rounders, cricket and hockey. 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. To instigate the first Jijitsu and Athletics classes at Uluibau Primary School.

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

1.2.5 Financial Support

To encourage income generating principles in the community, through fundraising events
and guidance for local businesses.


In total Think Pacific donated $ 17,871.55 FJD solely for the completion of the holistic development objectives in Uluibau village. This funding purchased the materials and resources needed to fulfil the following objectives:

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.

2.2  Youth Initiatives

2.2.1 Daily assistance provided to Kindergarten children at Daku Kindergarten. Initiatives included teaching numbers, shapes and colours, songs and nursery rhymes introduced, art and craft lessons and tooth brushing and hand washing. New decorations, and art, craft and musical equipment and books for the kindergarten.

2.2.2.Daily assistance provided in the Uluibau Primary School, with community tourists supporting teachers, as requested by the school, for classes 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8. 4.1.3 

2.2.3 Sports equipment, to improve and assist in the implementation of sports development at Uluibau Primary School, supplied by Think Pacific.

2.2.4 Daily sports lessons taken from 3pm-4pm by the Think Pacific community tourists at Uluibau Primary School, for all age groups. Community tourists introduced rounders, hockey, Jijitsu, cricket, athletics and football to supplement the programme that included rugby and netball. Introduction of these sports was very successful, with interest and potential shown by the children.

2.2.5 Community games organised by community tourists, including football and rounders. Community tourists also involved in competitive village matches in rugby 15s and netball, competing against other Moturiki village clubs.

2.2.6 Uluibau “TP Olympics’ organised in the final week. This involved competitions in fun races including egg&spoon, wheelbarrow, three legged and frog races.

2.2.7 Health programmes conducted in Uluibau Primary School and Daku kindergarten in accordance with the Fijian Ministry for Health. Including: ‘Washing hands and teeth brushing teeth club’ for the kindergarten children. Smoking, Healthy Living and Diabetes; raising awareness on the effects of smoking, the importance of a balanced diet and exercise, and the causes, symptoms and treatment of Diabetes. Class 7&8 also looked at STI’s and sexual health, working in small groups with female and male community tourists.

2.2.8 Environment programmes conducted in Uluibau Primary School, in accordance with the Ministry of Environment. Including: Waste disposal and marine preservation, with correct methods of disposing of rubbish, recycling and the protection of turtles and the reefs.

2.4 Social and cultural activities

2.4.1 Activities: mat weaving, making a ‘bilo’, fishing and Fijian cooking 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 through the activities organised.

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 Rose Liggins (20), Millie Turner (20), Alistair Gainey (19), Richard Bennett (19) and Thom Udall (19) celebrated birthdays during the project in Uluibau, and the celebrations were a fabulous occasion of Fijian celebration.

2.4.4 Community tourists respected the religious customs of village life in Fiji, including prayers before meals and attending Sabbath services.Community tourists participated in Church services, singing a hymn in each divine service and also reading bible passages.

2.5 Financial

2.5.1 $80fjd raised for Uluibau Primary School through fundraising event in the community as Ratu’s Variety Show. Event had a number of acts, including singing, dancing, traditional mekes and gymnastics. Community tourists also sold popcorn, juice and lollies to raise money, and there was a raffle of a Think Pacific sulu

2.5.2 $ 416.45 fjd raised for Uluibau community through village fun day. Stalls included; Face Painting, Refreshements, Pin the nose on the Elephant, Shape Box Challenge, Sports Day and Coconut Shy. There was a raffle of two Think Pacific sulus at $1/ticket, a soli for lunch given, and mekes performed.

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