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Water, Help For Villages

Fifty-six students, from Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, are working together on a sanitation project in two villages in Tailevu. The project will see the villages have proper water supply,
06 Jan 2015 13:52
Water, Help For Villages

Fifty-six students, from Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, are working together on a sanitation project in two villages in Tailevu.

The project will see the villages have proper water supply, provide medical and dental clinic.

The Fijian students are from the Fiji National University while the remainder is from selected universities in Australia and NZ.

The two-week project began last Friday is being held under the Fiji Village Project (FVP) which celebrated its eighth year yesterday.

Acting vice-chancellor of the Fiji National University, Professor Ian Rouse said the project would be in Naloto and Naivuruvuru, Verata, Tailevu.

“Other activities will be general and dental screening and health awareness programmes for both villages. It’s a combination of practical water and sanitation projects as well as health education and screening,” Professor Rouse said.

He said the project helped the students to appreciate the importance of graduating as a doctor who could make a real difference to improving health by working in the community.

“The projects also have a great impact on the people who live in the villages who maybe for the first time have clean running water or health and dental checks, or meeting with future Fijian Doctors.”

He said over the eight years, close to 15 communities have been visited under the FVP.

“The biggest group was about 80. This year there are 26 from Australia and New Zealand (13 from each country) and about 30 from Fiji,” he said.

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