We work with remote communities in Fiji that face myriad challenges. Erratic weather events and climate change are a major threat to people who earn a living through agriculture. They also face difficulties accessing nutritious food. A safe and stable water supply, and good sanitation, are crucial in fighting water-borne disease. Together with our local partners, we:

  • run water and sanitation workshops

  • connect families to safe drinking water and sanitation

  • empower communities to identify their own development needs

  • support the development and implementation of community-led action plans

  • train local organisations in the skills they need to meet their development goals, such as writing grant proposals

  • inform national water and sanitation policy.

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Kiribati is an extremely remote and isolated group of low-lying islands on the equator in the Pacific Ocean. For this reason, it is extremely vulnerable to the effects of climate change, especially rising sea levels and erratic weather events. Rising seas are also contaminating fresh groundwater sources, making it increasingly difficult to survive.

Without access to clean water, communities in Kiribati have difficulty cultivating their own vegetables. This means they have to resort to buying imported, processed foods, which can lead to diseases such as diabetes, as well as malnutrition.

In Kiribati, we focus on:

  • helping communities to build hand water pumps

  • teaching communities to grow their own vegetables

  • educating people about nutritional diversity

  • educating people about climate-resilient gardening

  • working with Island Councils to ensure projects are sustainable and long-lasting

  • establishing a chicken hatchery to supply island communities with eggs and meat.

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Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands is one of the poorest countries in the Pacific region, ranked 156 of 187 countries on the UN Human Development Index. Solomon Islanders face many barriers to development, including poor infrastructure and social services, lack of education and training, and gender inequality.

Together with our local partner, we empower communities to pursue their own development agenda. We do this by:

  • consulting with communities to help them identify their needs and goals

  • forming advocacy groups that can speak for different sectors of the community, such as women and youth

  • linking communities with local and provincial governments

  • supporting village forums where communities present their action plans to government officials and service providers

  • teaching practical skills to help communities meet their development needs, such as writing grant proposals

  • supporting livelihood projects, such as bee-keeping, vegetable production, and fish and pig farming.

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With its recent history of conflict and fight for independence, Timor-Leste still has many hurdles to overcome. According to UNICEF, over 58 per cent of children have stunted growth. Lack of access to water, low crop diversity, and limited agronomic knowledge are major drivers behind the high rates of malnutrition in Timor-Leste.

Timorese women face additional challenges, with the Asia Foundation reporting that almost 60 per cent of women between the ages of 15 and 49 have experienced domestic violence or abuse.

We support some of the most vulnerable groups in the population – women, children, and others in need of psycho-social support. With our local partners, we:

  • provide accommodation, counselling and other vital services for women and children who have survived domestic abuse

  • help abuse survivors become financially independent by offering training in book-keeping and small business, and teaching livelihoods such as raising livestock, growing crops, and running kiosks

  • counsel male and female prisoners and provide other psycho-social support

  • run literacy, English, and recreational classes for prisoners

  • hold sewing classes for female prisoners so they have job skills when they are released

  • teach farmers agriculture skills so they can grow and sell more produce

  • upgrade and repair irrigation systems and water points to ensure water for both farming and household use.

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