One of the major issues currently in the Yasawa Islands is their lack of sustainable vital resources. At times, they'll have plentiful water, food, power and the likes. But these resources are not managed in a sustainable manner and so, the villlages are often faced with a severe shortage of these basic necessities. One major issue is the lack of the basic necessity of life - a reliable, safe supply of drinking water. Rainfall is seasonal and the villages have inadequate storage. Consequences are poor sanitation and poor nutrition.
We have actively been working with the villages, both supplying them with the means for sustainable methods, as well as educating them on conservation and improved systems. This includes improving access to sufficient fresh water through rainwater harvesting solutions, resource management education, environmental initiatives, sustainable agricultural practices and assisting in the set up of micro enterprises.
One of our primary goals is to secure a fresh water supply for all 27 villages in this region. Our goal is aligned to the World Health Organisation's Millenium Development goal of "All people having access to 5 litres of drinking water per person per day."
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Soil has recently been tested in 5 villages and a variety of vegetable plants have been trialed to help identify which crops are suitable for growing in an island environment. The clearing of land and planting of seedlings together with the building of greenhouses has been achieved with the help of 90 hours of volunteer time and 800 hours of Vinaka Fiji co-ordinator time. An agricultural workshop was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture to teach village residents about sustainable food harvesting.
Naviti District school and Yasawa High school water harvesting is currently insufficient and the limited supply does not meet the demands of the children attending these schools. Vinaka Fiji facilitated the assessment by a Water Authority Fiji technician and approached Government for assistance. Following discussions, Government agreed to prioritise this project and have confirmed to fully fund a more efficient water harvesting system.
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Vinaka Fiji is very proud of the Malevu youth producing these stunning vegetable crops.
"300 planted 1000 to go!" Vinaka Fiji team establishing a Mangrove Nursery
Working to install much-needed water tanks
"The water tank project has been a big help to the village. Before we had 'private' tanks, but owners were not so good at sharing, better with the community tanks. Vinaka Fiji has come and put in the two big tanks, we are now using them and all benefiting from them."
Mr Sakaraia, Nacula Village Administrator