After finishing up your SAT Prep you will join in on service projects in one of the villages neighboring our Eco Lodge, as well as visiting some of the schools within our local community. Through decades of work in the community, Rustic Pathways has developed strong relationships with the local villagers and our service initiatives are an extension of these ties.
All our projects are designed with a grassroots approach benefiting the community, locals and students. You can expect to take part in service projects ranging from running workshops in the local 2 elementary schools, teaching computers, coordinating art projects and coaching different sports clinics.
Additional service projects have included building toilets in a rural village, repairing homes for families in need or improving local school facilities. You may also help to plant trees for erosion control at a national park, prepare and deliver nutritious meals for families in need or join in a beach clean up. Your service will be varied, challenging and extremely rewarding and worthwhile.
Project Name: Bavu Village Sanitation Project
Area of Focus: Infrastructure
Location: Bavu Village
The Fiji islands are made up of 333 islands scattered across 518,000 square kilometers of the Pacific Ocean. Fiji is located 2100Km north of Auckland, New Zealand and 2700km northeast of Sydney, Australia. Fiji’s two biggest islands are Viti Levu and Vanua Levu and the capital city is Suva, the country’s largest port. The population of Fiji is 837,271 with the indigenous Fijian population making up around 50 percent, Indo-Fijian’s around 35%. There are three main regions, Christianity, Hindu and Islam while English is the main language; Fijian and Hindustani are commonly spoken. From 1874 the British ruled Fiji, bringing over Indian workers to plant and harvest the sugar cane fields. Fiji gained independence from the British in 1970 and was declared a republic (Fiji Visitors Guide, 2016).
Rustic Pathways has partnered with Bavu Village to build toilets and install a footpath in the community to improve sanitation and quality of life since 2008. This project includes construction of toilets with sustainable septic systems for individual families to replace existing pit latrines, as well as the construction of a cement footpath to improve sanitation and ease of movement in the community during the rainy season.
Students Role: Students will be laying concrete footpaths, this involves mixing sand, gravel and cement and smoothing concrete out once laid. Students will be also constructing toilets with our carpenter.
HART House Navaki and Loloma House Sabeto Meal Program
Rustic Pathways partners with HART House Navakai and Loloma House Sabeto, organizations that provide housing for low-income women and their children, to provide protein rich meals for residents. HART House serves widowed and divorced women and Loloma House supports single mothers. Most residents are unable to work and rely on family and donations for basic needs. Rustic Pathways students prepare and deliver local meals that supplement the diets of residents.
Rustic Pathways began delivering to the Navakai Hart House in 2007, this house is set up for widowed and divorced women. Only a small percentage are fit for work while the others are supported by their families and donations. Rustic Pathways began delivering to the Loloma House in 2016, this house was built by a career driven lady, Adi who dedicated her working life to the Ministry of Women upon retirement she recognised the on going need for housing for single mothers in the Sabeto region. Rustic Pathways together with the women’s committee of Navakai Hart House and Sabeta Loloma House have acknowledged a need for protein in meals as many of the women are unable to work and support themselves, this means they are relying on others for support and often eating a diet without protein.