Chairs and Desks for Fiji


By Peter Malden, Rotary Club of Boronia, District 9810

If any school furniture donors wonder where the furniture goes, this is a great example. A total of 45 desks and chairs were delivered in two boat loads to Dreketi Village for Laucala Primary School.

The project, to sort and deliver to the landing at Vuni Vasa on Taveuni Island, Fiji, was coordinated by Claude Prevost of Fiji Pearl fame. The Rotary Club of Boronia in Melbourne is a sister club to the Rotary Club of Taveuni Island and they  work very closely together on many projects.

Claude says  "Just before Xmas, Dreketi Village near our farm in Qamea was destroyed by floods and landslides.  17 houses, the hall, health center and the school were completely demolished.

“Today ( Monday 16th January 2017) was school delivery day.

I would like to thank all who helped us today like the Rotary Club of Taveuni, the Loloma foundation and all the private donors who dug deep in their pockets to make sure that the 45 students of this village would get a desk, a chair, a school bag, all their textbooks, stationary, dictionary and geometry sets."

The desks and chairs came from DIK West Footscray and two more containers leave DIK on the 7th March bound for Taveuni. DIK have been marvelous with helping us deliver the goods to Fiji.

Rotary Club of Boronia and RAWCS have sent two containers both of which contained building materials to rebuild schools after cyclone Winston and school desks and chairs. New Zealand Rotary is doing similar things.

So far since Cyclone Winston - Rotary Club of Taveuni (a club of 10 members.) has :-

  • Housed students in temporary school rooms
  • Made temporary and permanent repairs to teachers houses
  • Fixed the Hospital roof
  • A number of water projects
  • Donated a complete ambulance to the hospital
  • Completely rebuild one whole school – Lavena
  • Built 4 Teachers Houses at Niusawa
  • Almost completed 2 Teachers Houses at South Taveuni
  • Assisted with temporary repairs at Vunikavikaloa

Rotary Club of Boronia is assisting with medical equipment, general funding and completing all the paperwork for Import/Export Agents, Freight, Donations-in-Kind, RAWCS and others to ensure that supplies get through.

The photos tell the story of the mode of transport and the local help at the Qamea Island end.


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