Seven villages, one settlement, and a high school in three days.

Shortly after returning to Fiji I decided to visit each village on Naviti Island and talk to the villagers, see the damage from TC Winston and ask them what their immediate needs were.

Evan Wells from Rustic Pathways our fundraising partner in the area, came along with me and we asked each village the same series of questions.

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{Wells like the one pictured here provide water in many of the villages}

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We meet with the Torani Koro (Headman) of each village and told them why were there and asked what provisions they’d received, we asked them what damage occurred and what their most pressing needs were.

IMG_8597 IMG_8602 MALEVU IMG_8605 MALEVU TARANI KORO

{Torani Koro and the village Priest}

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{Kese Village}

The simplicity of the way of life stood out to me, the basics of modern life like power, hot water and gas or electric just didn’t exist.

Many of the villages sounded busy, I could almost immediately hear if a village was doing their best to repair the damage with the materials they had available to them.

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Despite having up to 30 houses destroyed in each village, the Torani Koro would often only ask for 5 tents to assist while re-building was taking place.

Interestingly, some villages weren’t taking huge steps to repair because as they pointed out to me, ‘the season is not over yet’ and weren’t they right. Not more than a month later Cyclone Zena made a late in the season appearance.

IMG_8676 SOSOMOMO MR JOHN BELINDA

{John a retired High School Teacher, current Torani Koro (Headman) and Chairman of the Naviti High School from Sosomomo Village}

IMG_8684 KESE VILLLAGE DRINKING WATER

This was one of the few downpipes still in tact, 95% of them are destroyed. It’s heartbreaking this roof is all but destroyed.

It became really obvious that each village on Naviti Island has water supply issues and will lack good nutrition by way of the vegetables for the next 3-9 months (which is the growing time for their crops to be replaced).

Between now and the first week In the first week of May we’re going to decide exactly what projects can be completed and purchase the components.

Then once again we’ll fill the barge, this time with vegetables, the contents of the shipping container and the plumbing supplies and I’ll keep you updated every step of the way.