The FIJI Water Foundation partnered with Rotary Pacific Water for Life Foundation to commission three new water projects that will bring clean, running water to nearly 400 villagers in rural Ra.
Villagers in Nairaviravi, Naivutu, and Navuniyaugunu in Ra will no longer have to cart water from a spring a kilometre away. The FIJI Water Foundation’s $150,000 donation will give more than 110 households direct access to clean drinking water in their homes.
Rotary Pacific Water for Life Foundation Executive Officer Neil Maharaj said, “With new storage tanks and a proper water treatment system, these villages will no longer be exposed to the threat of water borne diseases.”
FIJI Water Foundation Manager Marie Smith said the Foundation was pleased to work closely with Rotary Pacific Water for Life as they have technical expertise in designing and tailoring the projects.
“We are happy to see how access to clean water and sanitation will now boost the quality of life in these villages, and help those who sometimes have to travel long distances on foot to carry buckets of water to their homes,” said Ms. Smith.
The three villages were selected with the help of the Ra Provincial office. The work began in January 2020 and went through June, followed by an additional three months of monitoring and evaluation.
The Minister for Health Dr. Ifereimi Waqainabete said these projects will greatly boost the quality of life in the three villages.
“Improving access to clean water is a critical priority for the Government and we are extremely appreciative to the FIJI Water Foundation for stepping up and helping us make that a reality, especially in rural communities who will now be empowered to improve their livelihoods,” the Minister said.
About FIJI Water Foundation: Launched in 2007, the FIJI Water Foundation is a charitable trust funded and supported by the owners, employees and corporate affiliates of FIJI Water. The FIJI Water Foundation is one of the largest philanthropic organizations in Fiji focusing its efforts and investments on providing clean water access to rural communities, building educational facilities and infrastructure that benefit children, teenagers and adults and providing access to healthcare services to underprivileged communities.
Additionally, the Foundation offers disaster relief during floods and severe weather events that frequently impact the islands.