Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort Takes Lead Role in Building Two School Classrooms
Outrigger guests pay to mix cement, lay bricks and paint
Officially opened by the Attorney General and Minister for the economy, the Honourable Aiyaz Sayed-Kaiyum on November 24th, the total cost of the project was FJD$100,000 (US$48,000) with FJD$20,000 (US$9,600) raised by the Conua Old Boys Association going towards construction costs
Through the resort’s direct-action community tourism projects, guests were able to visit the school on a Tuesday or Thursday as part of a paid excursion which included return transportation to the school, lunch and a visit to the culturally significant Tavuni Hill Fort. Guests worked on the project under the direction of the resort’s engineering team doing whatever was required at the time - mixing cement, laying bricks or painting, for example.Guests generously contributed FJD$100 (US$48) for adults and FJD$60 (US$28) for children, of which approximately 30% was retained to cover expenses and 70% went into a building fund for purchase of materials.
Since then, Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort has contributed a new library, a computer lab, a large meeting bure (hut) and a new kindergarten. With the opening of these new classrooms, the school will have an enrolment of 150 students with another 30 children attending kindergarten.
“We feel that we are an integral part of this community, and speaking personally, it has been so very rewarding to watch these children grow and develop,” Mr. Hopgood said.
In addition to these school-based community outreach projects, Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort recently supported a team of eye specialists from the United States who undertook over 800 consultations and restored sight to over 80 local residents of the province of Nadroga.
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