Located on the northern coast of Nacula Island, Navotua is one of the most isolated villages on Nacula Island and is home to 100 villagers. This community has limited sources of income and limited transport options. In 2012 Navotua Village was severely damaged by the high winds associated with Cyclone Evan. As well as damage to buildings there was widespread damage to village water infrastructure. Navotua was found to have a severe deficit when it came the drinking water required to safely support the village population.
Approximately 100 people of Navotua depended on two 20,000L concrete tanks fed by rainwater for their drinking water. In addition- two houses in the village have their own tanks that only their families’ use. The village has 8 taps that supply water for cooking, washing and bathing. These taps are fed by a 40,000L tank, which in turn, is fed by a nearby spring. There are also four wells, one that can be pumped into a reserve 20,000L tank that can feed the taps in the village if the 40,000L tank is empty. The three other wells are used for washing, bathing and to water crops.
The village had been required to ration drinking water by opening the two existing drinking water tanks every Wednesday and allowing people to fill as many containers as they feel is necessary to last throughout the week. However, one 20,000L tank was damaged, leaving the village with only one 20,000L tank.
This project, supported also by MWH global grant, funded and installed three complete 5,300 Litre Rainwater Harvesting systems and improved the catchment and reliability of an existing 10,000 litre system. The villagers of Navotua were involved with the construction of the systems and trained in the proper upkeep of the catchment. In the months following the project, there have been no reported water shortages in Navotua Village.
We look forward to bringing you similar stories from other villages as we progress!
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A major emphasis of this project is directed towards hygiene and water conservation awareness in three schools- Ratu Meli Memorial Primary School (Nacula Village, Yasawas), Navunisea Primary School (Silana Village, Dawasamu District) and The Dawasamu Secondary School (Dawasamu District). Through GVI’s Education Enrichment program, volunteers helped to deliver activities and awareness lessons on hand washing, safe drinking water sources in the village, and the importance of turning off taps and conserving water at all times. These lessons, paired with the improvements to the water systems in school compounds, has created a solid base for ongoing education and improvements to the level of general daily hygiene in each of these schools.
The Dawasamu Secondary School is located two and half hours north of Suva City down a rough coastal road. Around 170 students from the fifteen villages and three settlements that make up the Dawasamu District and the remote Nakorotubu district attend this secondary school daily. As the only secondary school in the immediate region, there is ongoing pressure on the facilities of the school compound. The school facilities and teachers’ quarters rely on a nearby dam as their water source. This dam is in poor condition and is an unreliable and unprotected water source. During heavy rain, dirt and residue from the surrounding hill sides rush into the dam contaminating the source.
During an initial visit to assess the water situation, the MWH water project team found that all the taps in the compound were producing thick brown water. The teachers of the school reported that many of the students had become sick and that no one was drinking the water and that most of the 200 students and teachers in the compound either drank very little water or relied on surrounding villages and settlements for water. During the third phase of the MWH project, the team constructed a new 5,300litre rainwater harvesting system which is now collecting water from the new school roof.
The school now has a reliable drinking water source for both students and resident teachers!
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The construction team has had a productive week of installing rainwater harvesting systems Nacula village! Here is the story of building a water tank for a member of the community called Joseph by a volunteer.
Many thanks for supporting people, like Joseph and his family in 2013. We hope you will continue to support and help us give water to more families and communities in 2014!
We have seen some amazing successes on this project thanks to your support and that of MWH Global who have been supporting the GVI Fiji team. The project team have been continuing the work in the communities of the Northern Yasawas identified during a project assessment as being the most vulnerable to water shortages. The team worked systematically to deliver water security infrastructure and improvements to the key communities identified in the initial assessment while also gathering further data on the issues and challenges the general region was facing during the peak dry season.
Cumulative Impact to date
Your support has made a huge difference in the lives of the communities we work in and we look forward to telling you more about phase 3 in our next report!
I hope this finds you well. I wanted to share with you in this report how your donations have helped contribute to a special project set up by the Singapore American School water fundraising project.
To date, the GVI construction team have installed 8 working toilets and 2 showers in a toilet block that has been unusable for almost two years. The children now have a place to wash and shower and access to flushing toilets. The solar powered water pump has been repaired and a steady flow of water now supplies the water holding tank that feeds the plumbing. With the remaining funds GVI will carry out more improvements to the toilet block and to the rainwater harvesting systems at the school.
In addition to the water problems experienced in the bathrooms, there was also the need to increase drinking water capacity at the school. Therefore a portion of the donation was assigned for purchasing a 5200 litre Rainwater Harvesting Tank, as well as cement, plumbing materials and a filtration system to complete the installation.
None of this would have been possible without the amazing fundraising efforts of the pupils at Singapore American School and your donations. GVI Fiji, the teachers and students of Ratu Meli School, School committee members, and local villagers have been overjoyed with the variety and scale of the improvements made possible by the donation provided by the Singapore American School
Vinaka Vaka Levu!
GVI Fiji director
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