Building of Resilient Communities in Ra , Fiji

by OISCA International
Building of Resilient Communities in Ra , Fiji
Building of Resilient Communities in Ra , Fiji
Building of Resilient Communities in Ra , Fiji
Building of Resilient Communities in Ra , Fiji
Building of Resilient Communities in Ra , Fiji
Building of Resilient Communities in Ra , Fiji
Building of Resilient Communities in Ra , Fiji
Building of Resilient Communities in Ra , Fiji
A local showing the crab he caught
A local showing the crab he caught

On behalf of the local villagers of Nakorotubu District, Ra Province, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to GlobalGiving Donors for your generous support to our project.


Our activities have stagnated due to the spike of corona positive cases on the islands. However, at some point, while following safety precautions to prevent the virus from spreading, we were able to set-up smoothly the nursery in preparation for the next mangrove planting season. We are also planning to install fences within our nursery to protect the mangrove seedlings from being eaten by stray goats. Other than mangrove planting, we were able to plant upland trees in cooperation with the local villagers.

The locals are struggling to survive because of the movement restriction due to COVID and the two consecutive cyclones that hit their village. In spite of this, the locals are grateful that the mangroves that they planted before are helping them to survive. The mangroves serve as home of fish, crabs, and other wildlife. Their abundance and availability feed the locals and when sold, aid the local people`s income. Because of this, there is no need for the local fishermen to go far and risk their lives from strong waves just to catch fish. Moreover, since the fish are available nearby, there is no need for the local fishermen to spend a lot of money for fuel/diesel for boat engine. We heard that since the fish source is basically almost in their front yard, even women villagers can also do fishing for their own consumption.

Meanwhile, in collaboration with other international organization, we have set-up a crab culture within the mangrove project site to help aid the income of the locals. As we work together with the locals, we are committed to protect and preserve the already existing mangroves, as well as continuously the degraded shorelines.

We hope that with your generous support, it will enable us to continue our mission to involve the local villagers in planting more mangroves, and educate the locals of the importance of conserving and protecting them.

Mangroves that will soon protect the locals.
Mangroves that will soon protect the locals.
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On behalf of the local villagers of Nakorotubu District, Ra Province, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to GlobalGiving Donors for your generous support into our project.

In the middle of corona pandemic, Fiji is one of the countries with the lowest cases. However, most of the locals particularly those who rely on tourism are struggling to survive. Due to the almost zero entry of foreign tourist, businesses were temporarily/permanently shut down which resulted to the increased percentage of unemployment. To make ends meet, laid off workers had no choice but to return to their own villages to engage in farming.

 Meanwhile, other than problem with corona, the locals are also vulnerable from the damages brought by cyclone. The mangrove propagules in our nursery as well as the mangroves that were already planted were also affected by cyclone Yasa that hit Fiji on December 13. Based on the monitoring that we conducted to assess the impact of cyclone, 60% of the mangroves in our nursery were affected. The locals felt the need to grow new mangrove propagules in our nursery to replace the ones been damaged at our planting site. Few weeks after the cyclone, we worked with the local villagers to collect and plant propagules in pots in our nursery. After several months it will be scheduled to be replanted in our project site.

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On behalf of the local villagers of Nakorotubu District, Ra Province, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to GlobalGiving Donors for your generous support to our project.

In an effort to expand our Coastal Forest Restoration Project within Nakorotubu District, we conducted an awareness seminar involving the locals of Naocobau Village on September 23, 2020. The reason behind this decision is that among the seven villages in Nakorotubu District, Naocobau has the lowest number of mangrove vegetation cover. This made the locals vulnerable from strong winds, especially during cyclone season. It was felt by the locals when cyclone Winston hit Fiji in 2016. Without any mangroves that were supposedly shield them from strong winds and waves, the Naocobau villagers were immensely impacted by the cyclone.

Similar with what we have done in Saioko Village, we are collaborating with the village leaders to promote a sustainable community-led mangrove reforestation project. Through the workshop, the villagers realized the importance of planting mangroves to create a natural shield that will protect them from future natural calamities and to improve their coastal ecosystem. The Naocobau villagers are hopeful that just like the villagers of Saioko, in the near future, they will also experience having an extra source of income because of fish abundance.

Hoping for the immediate realization of their dream, right after the workshop, we worked together with the 30 villagers on the planting of 882 mangrove seedlings. We planted Rhizopora mucronata, a mangrove species suitable to be planted in the site.

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Newly planted taro.
Newly planted taro.

On behalf of the local villagers of Nakorotubu District, Ra Province, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to GlobalGiving Donors for your generous support to our project.

The corona virus pandemic prevented us from implementing activities in Ra for almost two months due to the movement restriction imposed by the government. We were supposed to implement a training workshop on organic farming involving the villagers but we had to postpone it to comply with the government`s order. We are in constant communication with the villagers though through our local staff based at the site but sometimes it is difficult to reach out because of the weak signal/connection.

Still suffering from the impact of corona, the villagers were not spared from the wrath of cyclone Harold that hit Fiji on April 6. The villagers particularly those who engage in the tourism industry and now unemployed are seeking help from us for the production of vegetables. Living in an island, it is difficult for them to source essential items such as food and medicine. Due to the limited supply of their staple food such as cassava and taro, prices are now very high. Our local staff are providing technical assistance among the villagers on the effective and efficient way of growing crops.

Now, the lockdown is gradually being lifted and within this month, we are planning to assist the villagers in their food production. We are planning to replant mangroves to replace the ones damaged by cyclone as well.

Newly planted cassava cuttings.
Newly planted cassava cuttings.
Villagers land preparing for taro.
Villagers land preparing for taro.
Planted mangroves affected by cyclone Harold.
Planted mangroves affected by cyclone Harold.
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On behalf of the local villagers of Nakorotubu District, Ra Province, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to GlobalGiving Donors for your generous support to our project.

In line with the goal of promoting resilient communities in Nakorotubu District, we organized a training in organic farming on November 18-20, 2019 involving the 30 local communities, including women, youths, and village elders. The training was designed to answer the request of the local communities to have healthy and safe farm production.

Other than vulnerability from natural disasters, the local communities have issues related to food security due to poor soil condition and lack of knowledge on crop production. To help address this issue, we helped constructed a vegetable nursery and trained the locals on how to manage it. We encouraged them as well to compost their household waste so they can use it to fertilize their farms.

Still at its early stage, we are committed to make this initiative to be successful.

 

 

 

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OISCA International

Location: Suginami-ku, Tokyo - Japan
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Project Leader:
Ma. Grazen Acerit
Suginami-ku, Tokyo Japan
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