Sustainability & Local Empowerment
Think Pacific Foundation works to empower rural communities and in particular, young Fijians, to expand their education, skills training and job opportunities. Through our Fijian Government partnerships, we support Fiji’s National Development Plan, achieve local needs assessments and collaborate on national programs to improve health, education, sports development, local enterprise, life-skills and infrastructure in rural communities. We facilitate individuals to drive prosperity in their communities. Through our volunteer projects we aim to celebrate Fijian culture, customs and traditional life and foster global connections and shared ideas, whilst increasing capacity building and funding for grass roots initiatives.
As a local charity we are deeply rooted in Fiji – Our home, our pride and our passion. This focus upon Fiji creates meaningful, long standing relationships and specific local outcomes.
The Think Pacific Foundation (FIJI), charitable Trust FJ989, comprises of talented Fijian Trustees, Youth & Sports Officers, Health Professionals, Former Fiji Civil Servants and OSEP practitioners. The Foundation operates year round, regardless of volunteers being present and has a budget of approximately 1.5 million dollars annually donated by Think Pacific (UK).
The foundation directs all our aims and initiatives within Fiji. It’s a body that ensures the project aims are worthwhile, matched to volunteers skill level and align with government policy, but also provides long term monitoring of initiatives as well as training, mentoring and capacity building to local Youth Groups, Sports Teams, Teachers and Fijian NGO’s we support.
We work on national strategies and under MOU agreements with the Fijian Ministry to help communities achieve holistic health. We work in areas of education and advocacy, sports development, health promotion and infrastructure development and we support young people to foster leadership skills and become the agents of change in their communities.
Think Pacific volunteer projects and development programmes are delivered in partnership with the Fijian Government’s National Development Plan, which provides overarching guidance to all our initiatives. We support key aims including Health, Education, Sports Development, Youth Leadership and Women’s Empowerment. Fiji’s NDP is aligned with global commitments including the UN Sustainable Development Goals, but applies these to a Fiji-specific context.
In partnership with the Fijian Ministry of Youth and Sport, we work long term with registered youth groups across rural areas of Fiji, supporting young adults to improve their skills, increase their employability and contribute positively to their communities. Through our volunteer programmes we foster global understanding, mutual respect and understanding. We help international and Fijian volunteers realize they are capable of being leaders and creating change, locally and globally.
We support Towards a Healthy Fiji Islands Initiative, part of the World Health Organisations Pacific wide approach to reducing NCD’s and creating healthy communities. We have been a driving force behind this initiative since 2009 and Fiji’s Former National Advisor for Health is one of our charities Trustees. The programme encourage Fijian children and youths to achieve seven core aims of holistic health to improve their life expectancy and future opportunity.