Naitauba Update, May 2018

The village of Ciqomi on Naitauba Island in Fiji houses about 28 employee families. Most of the families have children in kindergarten or primary school. During tropical cyclone Winston in February 2016, the kindergarten lost its roof and the primary school suffered serious damage to its roof and lost its veranda.

After the cyclone, a new school was designed to withstand category 5 cyclones. The reinforced all-concrete buildings also serve as safe shelter during future cyclones for the entire staff and families of Ciqomi village.

Clearing of the land began in December 2016. Local workers and Canadian volunteers laid the foundations and floor in early 2017. The new buildings are three times larger than the old school, with four classrooms, a library, an office for teachers, and a water tank. The opening ceremony in May 2018 included a ribbon-cutting, sacred Blessing of the buildings, tours, mekes, and a lovo feast for everyone from both villages Qaravi and as well as Ciqomi.