Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at those fancy tropical resorts?
On a recent volunteering trip to Fiji, we discovered how the remote island communities REALLY live. And it's a far cry from sunset cocktails, snorkelling tours, and all-you-can-eat buffets.
You see, the REAL Fiji is still a developing nation. On the mainland, things aren't so tough, but on the remote island communities, they're dealing with no running water, no electricity, and not enough jobs for everyone.
Diabetes, heart disease, and other preventable diseases are hitting the people hard. They're eating a diet high in salt, sugar and processed foods and are slowly killing themselves.
We believe the answer begins with education. But sadly, the kids at the Namamanuca Island School are struggling with even basic English and reading, and are well behind the national average. This is a problem because when it's time for high school, the only option is a boarding school on the mainland, where they will promptly find themselves struggling to keep up with the other kids.
They don't have the same technology at their fingertips as the rest of Fiji either - we saw no fancy smartphones on the island, and only 2 laptops at the school which were shared by all the teachers.
To get them up to speed, the school community has started building a computer lab... but there's one problem - no computers!
This is where you come in.
We are hoping to buy 15 iPad-style tablets which the kids can use for interactive learning.
On top of that, we've discovered a really cool device called a RACHEL (Remote Area Hotspot for Communication and Learning). You can check them out at https://racheloffline.org/. You load the RACHEL up with all the lessons and resources, and bada-bing - it's just like the internet without needing actual wifi (genius!).
We are asking for $3750, which will cover the price of the tablets, the RACHEL, and transport/insurance costs to get the devices to the school. If we end up going over our total (which would be AMAZING!), we will either just purchase better/larger/faster tablets, or make a cash contribution to the school community, to use as they wish.
So please help us this Christmas to give these kids the gift of education. We know this is the key to a happier, healthier community.
We love and appreciate ALL donations, whether they're big or small - it all totally counts! But if you're struggling yourself and can't spare any money - that's cool - please consider sharing this page with your friends and networks as your contribution.
Thank you in advance for your generosity (and have a very Merry Christmas!).
Jules and Jess xo