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Organisation celebrates achievement

December 31
12:00 2009

Written By : SUN FIJI NEWSROOM. One of Fiji’s biggest development Non-Governmental Organisation this week celebrated its 30th anniversary of services in the country.
The 30th year journey of Partners in Community Development Fiji (PCDF) has been written in a book hoping to give justice to works in Fiji and the Pacific.
Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Sashi Singh, said they had had achievements and challenges throughout the years.
“The development changes are the ones we cannot avoid because we are part of the global village.
“We were registered under the Charitable Trust Act in 1979 as the Foundation for the Peoples of the South Pacific (FSP) Fiji. We changed our name in 2002 to Partners in Community Development Fiji as self-descriptive for which we are.
“We have come this far through the generosity of the people and community leaders who have allowed us access to work with them. Mrs Verona Lucas was at the helm of the organisation for 23 years. I continued for another seven years,” she said.
Some of PCDF’s achievements are:
q KANA project that was mainstreamed in Government schools nutrition programme
q Construction of ferro-cement water tanks and smokeless stoves in rural schools and communities throughout Fiji
q Training of communities in school management, personal virtues, leadership, environment management, disaster and risk management, resource mobilisation and economic empowerment
q Helped 142 communities develop management plans
q Helped two provinces develop strategic development plans that included the input of the people from village to district to province to national levels
q Facilitated the establishment of 57 Marine Protected (tabu) Areas (MPA) in Fiji
q Mental health awareness for youth in the Pacific region; out of which a song and video clip were produced for ‘Keep on Walking.’
PCDF has received international media coverage for its work as follows:
1. 2003 BBC Television; Coral Gardens
2. 2004 BBC Radio; Coral Gardens
3. 2008 BBC Television; The Coral Gardner
4. 2008 ABC; Sustainable Tourism
The following are international and local awards gained for its work
q Cuvu Site, Nadroga, awarded status of ‘Model Site for Coral Reef Conservation’ by the United Nations Environment Programme (ICRAN Progamme). 2002.
q Cuvu Site, one of 3 (along with WWF’s Ono and USP’s Verata) in Fiji’s award by the UN Sustainable Development programme, Johannesburg 2003
q Best Annual report, South Pacific Stock Exchange; Not-for-profit section. 2003.
q Gold for International Green Apple Award (Environmental Best Practice) 2004.
q International Green Apple Award (Soil Conservation) Winner 2006.
q First Runner Up for Annual Report 2006, 2007, 2008 by the South Pacific Stock Exchange

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