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Entries in Kadavu (12)


The work, the water, the families...


The need for safe drinking water...

Netani Rika netani.rika@govnet.gov.fj June 21
to Wananavu Kadavu


I met Ben this morning and he is a very enthusiastic young man who is
very committed to his projects. We are making arrangement to have a
media coverage on Monday and to include Ben in it. It is a way of
informing the public of what the Wananavu Kadavu has been doing in Fiji
ever since it's inception in Fiji.

I also take this opportunity to convey to you our gratitude for the
amount of assistance you have provided in Kadavu so far. Please convey
this gratitude to your organization and your families as well. We look
forward to working closely with you from now on.

Thank you & God Bless.

NB Rika
Commissioner Eastern Division.


 Wananavu Kadavu appreciates the support of Lt. Col. Netani Rika, the Fiji Government and all those who have supported our efforts to bring safe drinking water to rural villages on Kadavu Island, Fiji




Solotavui Project update...

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working
together is success.”
   ~Henry Ford

What has been accomplished in the short time that Wananavu Kadavu started
working in the Solotavui Village is amazing. Our crew of volunteers
have been working long hours with our project manager Ben Sorensen and
it shows in the progress.

We are so grateful to all who have supported us and continue to
support us in our efforts to bring clean drinking water to rural villages in
Fiji. Be a part of this and future projects by making your charitable
donation today.

Together we can do anything...


The Solotavui Village 2012

 The Solotavui Village

 We are happy to be back in Fiji working on our next project. Our project manager, Ben Sorensen has surveyed many areas around Kadavu to locate sources for clean water.  He has also had several meetings around Kadavu and Suva including meetings with the Commissioner - Eastern Division, Netani Rika and the Assistant District Officer of KadavuAlfana McGoon. The Fiji government has been very supportive. We began work on our 4th water project, the Solotavui Village on Kadavu Island May 2012.




 The local support has been amazing. Four days a week, we have around 15 to 30 men coming to the project ready to work. As these men work with our project manager shoulder to shoulder, they learn how to maintain and repair their water source. This provides preparation for eventual ownership of the water project, which the people of Solotavui Village will clean and maintain. Lunch is prepared by the women of the village and delivered by them and the children. Everyone wants to be a part of the project.

After digging out the spring and preparing the project site for a containment dam, the crew carries supplies to the job site, including 100 lb bags of cement, rebar, wood, PVC pipe and a large water tank. An average day begins with bagging sand on a nearby beach to mix with cement, digging trenches to lay the PVC pipe and digging out a level platform for the water tank. The work takes place during long hard days in the hot sun or heavy rain, but to all those who are a part of this work, it is very rewarding.


You can also be a part of the Solotavui Village Project and help improve the lives of these wonderful people by making a donation through PayPal today.

    Water is LIFE 


The project started May 1, 2012, expected completion date is July 2012


The Kavala Health Clinic Project, our first project in the New Year.

We have started work on the Kavala Health Clinic which also includes the Naleca Post Office. Our project manager, Ben Sorensen is enjoying the work at Kavala and the good people there. There are 3 villages working with us, they rotate days. This go around, Ben is staying in a government provided house near the Clinic. 

Having a friend here in Utah (our headquarters) from the Kavala Bay area is nice. Before we knew anyone in that location, we met Inoke Qaqanilawa, his wife Amileki and their young son Maia. Inoke is from the Naidti Village, Yale district on Kadavu Island. Inoke called me after he heard of the 1st Annual Wananavu Kadavu Golf Tournament. It was an honor having him join us for a day of golf, to help with the project near his childhood home. Inoke and his wife also cheered the Water Warriors ( our Dodge Ball team ) at the Utah Jazz Dodge Barrage. Two weeks later, the Qaqanilawas invited us to help celebrate the Fiji 40 Year Independence Day Celebration. It has been so nice to have these friendships that remind us of our work in Fiji. 

What was especially nice, was having Inoke speak at our Golf Tournament during the luncheon. He knew better then anyone the needs of his Island in Fiji. Soon, golf professional, Joseph Summerhays will be back to work organizing the 2nd Annual Wananavu Kadavu Golf Tournament. Last years tournament definitely wouldn't have been the success it was without him. The feedback from our first try at having a golf tournament has been positive. The best thing we heard was "it was fun". That is just how we want it, fun. 

We receive many emails, comments and letters of thanks for the work we're doing, but all of us involved with Wananavu Kadavu feel blessed and grateful for this great experience. The opportunity to help others is truly rewarding. God willing, we will have the ability to spend many years in Fiji helping to bring fresh spring water to families in need. 

We had someone comment that "Fiji has plenty of water, that's where Fiji Water comes from". Fiji Water does come from an artesian aquifer in theYaqara Valley, Viti Levu, Fiji. However over half of the population in Fiji does not have access to this type of clean water, or the materials to bring it to their rural villages, clinics and schools. 

Our Project Manager, Ben Sorensen has had years of experience in construction and is now learning more and more about water projects. As he met with the people in the villages where we have put in water tanks, he assured us he could do the work. Without him it would be close to impossible for us to provide for these projects. He has worked well with the Fiji Government and other people with the experience needed to move forward. Because of Ben and his committmentWananavu Kadavu now has lifelong friends in the Fiji Islands. 

Here is a simple step by step outline of how our water projects work :

1st- Ben goes with locals and employees of the Kadavu Health Administration to find a clean water source. Once found, the Health Department tests the water flow to make sure it is strong enough to provide for the area in need. Then the water is tested for its purity. Once the water is found to meet government standards Ben starts to measure and calculate the job.

2nd- A dam is build at the water source, then pipes are constructed from the dam down to a site for the water tanks.

3rd- Depending on the number of tanks needed for the project, cement slabs are constructed to house the tanks. We use gravity to get the water to the homes, clinics or schools.

4th- Once the tanks are in, we plumb into the villages. 

The majority of the supplies used are; PVC pipe, fittings, lumber, rebar, cement  and of course water tanks which are made from polyethylene. As to date, we have purchased our tanks from Rotamould Fiji LTD in Wailada Lami, Suva. Other vendors are RC Manubhai & Co. LTD and Vinod Patel to name a few. Ben travels to Suva about every 6 to 8 weeks depending on the need. He makes the purchases needed, then returns to Kadavu on the boat with the supplies. 

Each village provides the man power and work along side Ben.  Food has been provided by the village we are working for. Ben has lived in the Navuatu Village until we started work at Kavala Bay. While in the Navuatu Village, he lived with the Cula families. What a great blessing the Cula family has been to Wananavu Kadavu Inc.

The villages where water projects have been built to date are; The Nuku Village and the Navuatu Village. The Kavala Health Clinic is our first clinic to work on, with the hopes of more in the future. 

When the project is finished, it is then gifted by Wananavu Kadavu to the village/clinics for future care and maintenance.

As said, this is a "simple" step by step outline. We can assure you there is a lot more to it.

We are looking forward to our journey in this New Year. The founder and president of Wananavu Kadavu, Nancy Thompson Mahler will be traveling to Fiji soon to see the progress. Also while in Fiji, she hopes to meet with Dr. Dave WhippySalote Cataka and others to make plans for our next project. 

We were told that it takes around 5 years to get a nonprofit off the ground. In just over a year we've provided water to two villages and are now working on a Health Clinic. The Kavala Health Clinic will provide water for 1/3 of the people on the island of Kadavu.

Maybe there really are no accidents in life, maybe it was meant to be. On the darkest days when we were trying to get on our feet, not knowing if we would come up with the money needed to continue, we sometimes wondered,  "what were we thinking"!?  The next day, there was a donation in just the amount needed to move forward. The success of our golf tournament made it possible to purchase the supplies needed for the Kavala Health Clinic. For all the sponsors, the golfers, family and friends who have supported us, thank you. To those of you who are strangers who believe in our work and have contributed, thank you. For all of you who have encouraged us along the way, thank you. You all kept us going. When we didn't think we could go on, you believed in us.

It takes more than a village, it takes the world. 

One village at a time, together we can...