Fresh Drinking Water for Villagers in Fiji

Dec 23, 2013

Vinaka vaka levu and rainwater harvesting systems

Vinaka vaka levu

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. 

"Water is our number one issue", Joseph said as we discussed life in his village of Vuaki, which is on the island of Matacawalevu, one of the Fijian islands in the beautiful, remote and dry Yasawa range.  Joseph's family had a water tank, but it was sitting on dirt - not good for the longevity of the tank - and it wasn't piped correctly to collect the most water from the corrugated iron roof, so GVI was building him a water tank base.

 Joseph had collected water for us in 5-gallon plastic containers.  He was a retired carpenter and aside from providing us with this help, he also came up with some valuable tools and, as it turned out, some much-needed cement right at the end.  So now all the materials were assembled and it was time to mix and pour concrete.  For about the next three hours we mixed and poured, one wheelbarrow-full at a time, until the form was filled and a water tank base emerged. 

The following day, Joseph was well pleased with his 'new and improved' water tank, which hopefully will soon be full of much needed water for him and his family.  And guess what?  The day rained!

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!

Kind regards

GVI Fiji



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Project Leader

Steve Gwenin

Field Director
St Albans, Hertfordshire United Kingdom

Where is this project located?

Fiji   Health
Map of Fresh Drinking Water for Villagers in Fiji