In October, A group of 10 students from Tafe Brisbane’s Diploma of Building & Construction and Associate Degree in Civil Engineering are travelling to Fiji to help re-build a kindergarten which was demolished in Cyclone Winston in 2017. We’re trying to raise a $10000 donation towards the cost of timber framing and need your help!
The HART community Lautoka is a charitable organization housing 400 residents from disadvantaged backgrounds living in poverty conditions in Fiji. Consisting mainly of single mothers and their children, the community receives social assistance but has very limited resources and significant needs in various areas.
In 2017, Cyclone Winston completely demolished the make-shift kindergarten structure used for early childhood education. Unfortunately, even in today’s day and age, not everyone has the luxury of basic education. Beginning with basic education is the first step to leading a life with opportunity, in order to deliver basic education the kids need a classroom of their own.
The kindergarten makes use of the community hall with classes running 8am-11am, with no dedicated classroom for the students and teachers to make use of. Disagreements about the state of the hall occur regularly between the various youth groups, church gatherings & village meetings.
There are 36 students registered (aged 3-5 years) with around 20+ in attendance each day. Two teachers certified (USP or FNU) in Early Childhood teaching run the class. The students come from within the community housing as well as the surrounding farmland areas, travelling to school on foot or by bus.