Think Pacific Foundation
We empower disadvantaged children to overcome poverty issues and achieve holistic health. We achieve this by improving education, sports development, infrastructure assistance and health promotion.
For the majority of tourists visiting Fiji, the underlying issues of hardship are not immediately visible. It’s not until you journey beyond the resorts and into the rural communities, that issues aftecting children in Fiji become clear. In a destination more synonymous with paradise than poverty, the harsh truth is that in the rural villages, over 75% of families live below the poverty line and only 50% of the rural population have access to safe drinking water and proper sanitation. Schools are in a poor condition and devoid of basic materials and many children drop out of education early. Less than 5% of children in rural areas have access to early years’ education. Access to organised youth schemes, sport and extra-curricular activities are limited to non-existent. In February 2016 Fiji witnessed it’s worst cyclone ever recorded. Over 400 schools were damaged, 50,000 families displaced and entire communities destroyed. Fiji could take a generation to recover and children are in dire need of long term support.
Fiji is all we know. Our little obsession. we’d love to show you why these 330 islands are so magical. We’re Fiji’s biggest fans, the Pacific Professionals, the conoseurs of castaway life, the specialists of the South Seas! Quite simply; our knowledge is second to none. What’s more, the experience we guide you through; will take you to areas only we can visit. We’ve been guiding young people through this breathtaking country for almost a decade. It’s the only place we operate and we run one of the most respected charities in the country.
Through our volunteer projects and wider sports initiatives we are increasing sports participation, promoting inclusion and instilling aspiration for children living in hardship as well as using sport as a tool to promote health. We have coached over 40,000 children across Fiji, introduced PE lessons to over 100 schools and village settings, launched island tournaments in netball and rugby and advanced sustainable sports in rural areas by training teachers and developing over 50 youth sports teams. Each year we run the the Suva Sports Camp to provide disadvantaged children with purposeful activities to fill their school holidays. We have increased access to sport by 600% on average across all schools we work with and we donated sports resources to enable sports classes to be sustained in every school we support.
We provide Fijian Children with the best possible start to life through Early Years Education. We have established 72 kindergarten programmes in rural areas, which are now being run long term by local teachers and Fijian volunteers. This provides free early years education for over 1,000 children annually. We supply resources and educational materials to early education centres. We train teachers and provide workshops to develop national teaching methods in conjunction with our partners at the Ministry of Education. In addition we have fully built 5 new kindergarten schools across 3 island locations. The Think Pacific Foundation also partners the Little One’s in delivering ‘The Mobile Kindi’ which aims to provide early years education to rural areas of Fiji which have no access to education otherwise.
We support communities that are in desperate need. For example in February 2016 many of Fiji’s remote islands and rural villages had their homes and livelihoods destroyed during Cyclone Winston. Think Pacific were one of the fastest charities to respond, being the first agency in Fiji to make contact and land on Koro island. We have provided over FJD 100,000 in aid during 2016 – distributing food, clothing, water and tools to rebuild. We funded for every child on Koro to receive educational packs and for every kindergarten and school to have education materials replaced. Working with the Rotary Club of Suva, we have distributed desks, chairs and school resources to support hundreds of children across rural areas of Ra Province. We are still continuing our assistance in distributing resources and rebuilding facilities.
We have achieved the design and construction of over 60 building projects for communities in the Lomaiviti Islands of Fiji, in partnership with the Lomaiviti Provincial Council and the Fijian Ministry of Health. We have funded all building projects entirely and achieved these through our talented local Fijian building team and supporting volunteers. We have also trained unemployed Fijians to learn carpentry skills. Our projects have included building 15 community centres, 4 school classrooms, 10 health clinics, 17 toilet and sanitation blocks, 3 school buildings and improving bridges and walk ways for 4 villages. Through these projects we work at Provincial and Government level, listen to communities needs, achieve projects that wouldn’t be funded by any other means and create healthier environments for children to grow up in.
Think Pacific have built 14 health clinics in rural areas since 2009, providing the first medical facilities for rural communities. In addition we donate basic health resources to these communities including helping to provide Ultra Sound machines to remote hospitals. Through our WASH programme, we have supported the Fijian Government in gathering data for all villages on Koro Island, instigating national response to improving basic sanitation conditions. Working with UNICEF, Think Pacific staff have been trained to deliver programmes including Just Play, promoting health and active lifestyle changes. We have installed fresh water and improved sanitation for over 1000 villagers and built over 15 toilet and sanitation blocks. Health Advocacy plays a key role in our projects as we educate children and provide key messages of the dangers drugs, alcohol, tobacco, obesity and importance of oral hygiene.
Think Pacific support over 10,000 children annually, we donate school resources, provide health advocacy, expand extra-curricular activities and work one-to-one with children to improve basic literacy and numeracy. In 2016 our projects showed, on average, a 40% increase in improvement in literary for those children we worked with. This was achieved from testing children before and after our support and direct feedback from teachers. Our projects work in partnership with the Fijian Ministry of Education who highlight the schools we work with. We develop PE lessons in rural schools and provide training to local teachers to expand out of school clubs and sports participation. We train over 40 teachers annually. We have achieved building projects in 6 schools, improving toilet and sanitation facilities, building school boarding accommodation, staff rooms and kindergarten classrooms.
“Absolutely amazing experience and definitely the best 10 weeks of my life in Malake. Think Pacific are doing amazing things all over Fiji, they are friendly, organized, full of information and they think of absolutely everything, to ensure that you are prepared and love every minute of your time in Fiji. Their team leaders are unparalleled and made the experience what it was. So, if you ever get the chance to go to Fiji with TP, DO NOT HESITATE! GO! I will certainly be back for sure.”