Hand-in-Hand World Service 2013-2015

QI of Ba: Rural Development Program

Development programs in Fiji tend to neglect remote, impoverished regions and the women who live there. As Quota’s only club in Fiji, Quota International of Ba has worked since 1990 to aid as many needy people as possible. For their current World Service Project, Quota of Ba will concentrate its efforts on changing lives in one rural area—the Naitasiri Settlement, 22 kilometers inland from Ba—by working to improve sanitation and economic opportunity.

Healthy living is difficult in the Naitasiri Settlement. Residents use water from a creek there, yet relieve themselves in nearby bushes. During rainy season, hazards are compounded when the creek overflows into the vegetation, leading to waterborne diseases. The situation reached crisis point in February 2012, when a typhoid outbreak affected two settlement households and threatened the health of the region. Donations to this project will help provide bathrooms with flush toilets for six families in the settlement.

Contributions will also assist the Ba Quota Club in continuing their efforts to improve the day-to-day lives of the women of Ba. For several years, Quotarians of Ba have been mentoring local women in running home-based enterprises, educating them in health and nutrition, and helping them learn to manage family responsibilities. Their goal has been to expand the dreams and possibilities for the women who work hard to support themselves and their families in the midst of grinding poverty.

Quota will also facilitate training workshops for local youth to encourage education, literacy, employment, and leadership in improving their community’s environment. With the help of Hand-in-Hand World Service Program donations, Quota International of Ba will continue to build community health in Fiji on many levels.

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