FIJI, Sila Village, Nadroga Province, Viti Levu Island - January 2006
Construction of a community center in exchange for the establishment of a 24,710-acre marine reserve
Sila Village has a population of about 150 and is located on the western side of Viti Levu Island. The people of Sila Village are willing to preserve their marine life in return for funds for construction of a community center. The 24,710-acre marine reserve will be protected for a duration of ten years. *
UPDATE June 2006 - Field Representative Saula Vodonaivalu Jr. reports that construction has begun and the province chief visited the site to participate in a ceremony to lay the foundation in April 2006.
UPDATE January 2007 - As of November 2006 the major construction of the building was complete. Work to install the plumbing, water tank, electricity, doors and windows was scheduled for the end of 2006 or early 2007.
UPDATE June 2007 - Construction of the plumbing, water tank, electricity, doors and windows was completed in early 2007. In April 2007 Seacology Chairman Paul Cox visited Sila Village with a delegation of about 400 Nu Skin representatives to attend an opening ceremony.