Outer Island Outreach, Fiji

£1,852 of £3,000 goal

Raised by 20 people in 33 months
We are Island Spirit  a small, independent Fair Trade responsible travel organisation based in Fiji and registered in the UK.

For six years we have been working directly with a number of villages in Fiji to promote eco tourism by bringing them groups of eco conscious travellers who learn about their culture and help on small projects while travelling to the best spots in the area.

Us and friends are a small team working on the island of Taveuni and her smaller sister islands in the Northern Province of Fiji.

We are raising money to buy emergency food supplies, seeds, medical and solar lanterns for the remotest villages on these islands after Cyclone Winston which hit on 20th February, 2016.

Lavena and Kocoma villages first then we will see!

This is an urgent request. I, (Kirsty) have already used my own money £400 to drop food to three remote villages. The money will be managed directly by me.

Seeds are very important to the local people here because the cyclone hit during a rare drought so crops are low anyway. They are in need of food, medical and building supplies too so much work to be done!

We want help them start getting up and running for May when the high season starts. We can do this. Mother nature will do her bit and we ours!

The people on these islands are in desperate need and are sincerely so grateful but also happy to be alive! Please give generously.
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There is still so much to be done in this village, Vuna and Kocoma but this short video shows how the villagers are doing 10 weeks after the cyclone hit.

The worst recored floods in this area of Fiji came weeks after the cyclone when a large percentage of people were (and still are) living in tents donated from around the world. It was wet, windy and cold for a long time. Work couldn't be done and at that time the seedlings hadnt grown enough to harvest. Really difficult times.

Now the bad weather had stopped, the seeds have grown into nice, big vegetables. I had a meeting with the Chief two days ago and his granddaughter was eating noodles with chinese cabbage (we donated a big box) instead of the normal 'bele'. Great to see them eating greens at last.

The film crew (inexcess of 100 people) have also been filming the reality TV show, 'Stranded' here on Taveuni in numerous locations. The are hiring local guides, cooks, drivers, accommodation, diving facilitators and local runners. It has created a great buzz on the island at a time of desperation. I know that all the locals I have talked to are really grateful for the income generation it has brought to the island.

Please don't give up on giving, you're money will be transformed into seeds this time!
Friends and working partners of Lavena
Fijian laughter and huge smiles return
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As we breath a sigh of relief that things are finally settling down after the chaos of Winston, we are now preparing for Category 3 cyclone Zena which is said to be one of the fastest forming cyclones recorded.

At present it is on its way rather quickly to Nadi and looks like it will sweep along the south coast of the main island, Viti Levu, the opposite side from Winston.

Suva, the capital declared a curfew today for 6pm so I queued for 20 minutes to get our last minute food supplies, candles and a couple of luxuries. Its much easier being in the city, we can communicate until the bitter end and have solar energy so we can keep the power going longer. I'm really feeling for all those in the North of the main island who endured both Winston and the flooding.

Aid agencies here will be busy for years to come I think.

Here are images of all the receipts to date. Please feel free to ask if you'd like a detailed explanation. Included are the cost of the aid packages are outlines in previous correspondence; travel expenses to get to Taveuni for two people; food and camping costs while we were there. Fuel for the boats were also covered by this crowdfunder.
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Some more images from our recent aid drop.
Getting to Naivivi, drop number 2
A request to help with roofing iron
A long clean up ahead.
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Here are some photo updates of our recent aid trip.
Aid drops in paradise
The 2nd boat ride to get to Kocoma
Dropping off at Kocoma, Qamea
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Doreen Francis
33 months ago

Great initiative K...talk tmrw on this.

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£1,852 of £3,000 goal

Raised by 20 people in 33 months
Created February 28, 2016
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33 months ago
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Yvonne Steinemann
33 months ago

Our family enjoyed a beautiful walk 10 years ago from Lavena village and fully support the eco-tourism and sustainable projects happening there, Kia kaha from Aotearoa (NZ)

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kyle Waters
33 months ago

my thoughts are with the wonderful people on the island - kyle

Doreen Francis
33 months ago

Great initiative K...talk tmrw on this.

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