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Fiji Hub Achievement Report

September Dawasamu 2017


Objective: NDS Kindergarten Completion

Dawasamu Waste Management Progress Update

Objective:

Rebrand and handover of the Dawasamu Waste Management Programme to the


Dawasamu representative - Sanaila Rokotuivuna, Chief of Silana Village. His role
allows him to work throughout the Tailevu Province and he will be in
communication with governmental authorities.
Summary:

The Waste Management Programme is now the responsibility of Dawasamu


representative, who role is encouraging the head men of each village to take
waste management on as part of their responsibilities. As part of the
representatives new role, they will liaise with other villages regarding their
progress and requirements and will communicate with GVI how we can better
help to facilitate them.
Report:

During September, GVI's Community Development Programme has continued to


focus on the Dawasamu Waste Management Programme. We have rebuilt and
reinstalled seventeen recycling points throughout nine villages, two settlements
and two schools since Tropical Cyclone Winston (February 2016). From these
accomplishments, we have also inspired members of Silana to independently
construct another recycling point within the village. GVI have continued to
provide informative workshops to villages who have received a recycling point for
the first time in their village.

September has been focused on the rebrand and handover of this project, which
is now known as the Dawasamu Waste Management Programme to Sanaila
Rokotuivuna, who is the chief of Silana and has become the representative and
key motivator of the programme across Dawasamu District, throughout the
Tailevu Province and in communication with governmental authorities. Through
his new responsibilities, Sanaila Rokotuivuna has recently spoken on national
radio regarding Waste Management with passion and pride; Dawasamu is the
only district in Fiji in which every village has recycling points and is so positively
involved in safer and more environmentally friendly waste management methods.
Sanaila Rokotuivuna has also been to visit many other districts to encourage
Fijians to follow by Dawasamu's lead.

It was noted that monitoring of recycling points could be improved, therefore we


have changed the way in which GVI assess needs of each individual village. House
to house visits, rather than whole village workshops, have proved to be greatly
beneficial to GVI, as we are now better informed as to what is being requested
from villagers and what is required of us. Carrying out house to house
educational talks and workshops has also proved extremely effective as we are
now able to speak to a larger percentage of each village; when providing whole
village workshops in Community Halls, we cannot always guarantee attendance
numbers.

Detailed village by village break downs of waste collection from 2016, 2017, to
date, have been created and shared with head men of each village to show the
progress that has been made. All villagers now have access to an overall review
of how this project has improved and developed over time, as well as how
positively is has had an effect and it's sustainability within their villages. A back
catalogue of filing has been finished and Community Project volunteers have
reassessed the way in which our data is recorded, stored and presented. This
information is now more professional, clearer and more easily accessible to a
wider audience. Improving our records is making it easier for us to produce
reports in order to gain funding and potentially more partners in the future.

Looking to the future, GVI will concentrate on the setting up and production of
satellite projects, allowing us to take waste management beyond Dawasamu
District. After the success of recycling points being set up in all villages within the
Dawasamu district, GVI will follow this with the construction of incinerators
throughout Dawasamu. Accompanying the building of these, we aim to provide
workshops on the benefits of incinerators versus burn pits, tackling this from a
health aspect. GVIs goal is to encourage villagers to use incinerators and burn as
little waste as possible in one area, tying in with the Sustainable Development
Goals of both Health and Environmental Safety.