Thank-you GJ Gardner Homes & TAFE QLD for helping rebuild this Kindergarten in Fiji!

Check out the before/after photos! Thank-you to the TAFE South Brisbane QLD & GJ Gardner Homes Rodney East New Zealand who combined, sent 42 volunteers to Fiji and donated over AU$7500 to help rebuild the village kindergarten after it was demolished in the cyclone of 2016. Thanks to these incredible teams, these kids now have a dedicated educational facility where they can thrive.

About the Project

The woman and children’s commune Lautoka houses 400 residents, mainly children and single mothers from disadvantaged backgrounds in Fiji.  The community receives social assistance but has limited resources and needs in many areas. See this blog.

In 2016, Cyclone Winston completely demolished the make-shift kindergarten structure used for early childhood education.

In October 2018, A dedicated classroom was partially built through fundraising and volunteer efforts, thanks to this wonderful group of people doing a diploma of building through TAFE:

TAFE South Brisbane Volunteer Team:
Caitlin, Gallagaher, Danny Platt, Kaliym Skellern, Wilson Liang, Andrew Ric-Hansen, Luke Polley, Penlope Barimis, Colleen Hardy, Madelaine Graham, Vikrant Pratap, Travis Dickinson & Robert Payne.

Construction Project Fiji Review by Andrew


In April 2019, thanks to the incredible efforts of Elaine Morley, a team of 32 volunteers from the GJ Gardner Homes East Rodney New Zealand was mobilized in Fiji to assist.   This team managed to raise over AU$4300  through gogetfunding including a generous donation of $1000 from the Steam Brewing Company NZ.

In 3 days this team completed the flooring, corrected and installed the entire ceiling structure of the house + cyclone strapping for parts of the Kindy.   For the community hall they cleaned out and painted the entire inside and major parts of exterior, plus tiling,  grouting and polishing!   3 residential units were also cleaned and painted in readiness for new tenants to move in. 


In September 2019, the Lovu HART Lautoka community together with officials from the ministry of education opened the new kindergarten facility with a traditional village Yaqona (Kava) ceremony.  


Thanks to GJ Gardner Homes NZ for Donating this Kindergarten in Fiji through IVI!


IVI would like to thank everyone involved in supporting this cause.

Fiji Construction & Womens Commune Review

Fiji Construction Project Review by Travis


Remote Fiji Construction Review by Penelope


Do you have a social mission?  Have you ever thought about volunteering overseas?   Inquire here to see how you can help.


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