FIJI, Waibalavu Village, Viti Levu Island - November 2001
Construction of a community hall and water tank construction in exchange for forest and flying fox preservation
Waibalavu Village is located 80 miles from the capital city of Suva on Fiji's largest island, Viti Levu. It has a population of 160 composed of three tribes. Seacology has assisted the village in the construction of a badly-needed community hall and water supply system. In return, the village has agreed to protect 792 acres of pristine rainforest, as well as a mountain cave that is home to a colony of bekabeka (flying foxes).
UPDATE November 2003 - The community hall has been constructed and the water system completed, and both were dedicated during the June 2003 expedition to Fiji.
UPDATE January 2007 - Seacology funded the repainting of the community hall, as it was in need of maintenance.