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SEACOLOGY - JOHN GRAY RECYCLERS - FIJI Naikorokoro, Ovalau Project
FIJI, Naikorokoro Village, Ovalau Island - Start Date: November 2002
"Construction of a kindergarten and upgrading a community hall in exchange for the establishment
of a no-take marine reserve
Naikorokoro Village is located on
the island of Ovalau. Ovalau has played an important role in Fiji's history as it is home of the nation's first capital, Levuka.
Naikorokoro is located two miles away from Levuka Town. There are two mataqali (tribes) in Naikorokoro, which has a population
of 107 people. Due to its proximity to Levuka, much of the waters near Naikorokoro have been over-fished. In exchange for
the village's establishing a no-take marine reserve for ten years in a 17 square mile (10,880 acres) section of their traditional
fishing area, Seacology is providing a much-needed kindergarten and upgrading the existing community hall.
UPDATE July 2004 - Construction of the new kindergarten and work on the community hall has been completed. The buildings
were officially dedicated during Seacology’s 2004 expedition to Fiji. The expedition shared the dedication with students
from the John Gray Recyclers of Grand Cayman, a high school group that helped fund the project. "
The above Seacology article
can be found at the following url: http://www.seacology.org/projects/individualprojects/FIJI_naikorokoro2002.htm
Click here to watch the Opening Celebrations of the Naikorokoro Kindergarten - Video 1
Click here to watch the Opening Ceremony of the Naikorokoro Kindergarten - Video 2
|Opening of Naikorokoro Kindergarten - July 2004
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Click on picture above
to Visit our Website created following our visit to Fiji in July 2004, to attend the Opening Ceremony of the Naikorokoro Kindergarten.
The people of Fiji will
be forever remembered by the John Gray Recyclers for their courage and determination to preserve their environment and heritage,
without changing the way they have lived for generations. In order to meet this challenge they are forced to accept
The courageous people of
Fiji need our help and support, as do their beautiful, threatened coral reefs and environment around them. Many of their islands
are being bought up by foreign rich property owners and their way of life destroyed to enable the foreigners to become even
richer from tourism.
The people of YasawaIRara are bravely trying to preserve
their way of life but are facing many difficulties and need our help so badly. They comprise of around 600 villagers with
no running water, and very little water in the dry season, no school, and no medical facilities. They have already agreed
to preserve two of their islands for the Seacology Foundation and they have built them a beautiful Community Centre where
we stayed when we visited them. The people do not even have tools to help them mend anything that goes wrong. They have no
transportation, and the only food they have apart from what they grow is the flying fox which desperately needs to be preserved.
So you can see that they really need our help! Just a small donation from each of us will help them to live a happy and fulfilled
The Seacology Foundation are unable to offer more assistance
to these villagers at this time as they have many more islanders around the world to assist.
|Find out the latest news on Coral Reefs
|Click picture to visit Donovan Watts' Coral Reef Report
on this link above - Duane Silverstein, the Executive Director of the Seacology Foundation in California is being interviewed
by Donovan Watts from the Coral Reef Alliance. Duane explains about the importance of the protection of the Coral Reefs and
the Mangroves. You will find our Fiji Coral Reef preservation project mentioned in this Report.
Silverstein, the Director of the Seacology Foundation, is pictured with the John Gray Recyclers at our Commonwealth
Youth Services Awards Presentation evening organised by the Cayman Islands' Department of Youth & Sports, at
Pedro Castle in February 2002. Jeremy Forbes, our President, is seen handing Duane a cheque for one thousand pounds
sterling (our award stipend) towards the protection of 17 sq miles of coral reefs in Naikorokoro, Ovalau, in Fiji. In
return the John Gray Recyclers, with the help of the Huff School, in California, and the Seacology Foundation, have raised
sufficient for the building of a kindergarten in Naikorokoro.
Click the picture, and you will see Jeremy Forbes and Mrs Whitehead officially opening the kindergarten in
Naikorokoro on 7 July 2004.
Recyclers return from Fiji - Article in the Caymanian Compass on the Recyclers' Fiji Visit
We would like to thank our sponsors - Air Pacific, Cayman Airways (our national flight carrier), Pastor Al Ebanks, and the Agape Family Worship Centre,
the Bank of Butterfield, Cathy Church's Underwater Photo Centre & Gallery, Cayman General Insurance Co Ltd, Cayman Imports
Ltd, the Cayman Islands' Department of Environmental Health, , the Cayman Islands' Department of Tourism, the Cayman Islands'
Ministry of Education, Human Resources and Culture, the Cayman Rugby Enthusiasts, Crusader International Management (Cayman)
Ltd, CUC, , Dresdner Bank, Island Paving (1985) Ltd, Kirks Office Supplies, KPMG, the Pirates Week Committee, the Rotary Club
of Grand Cayman Central, Sounds & Things, and the Queensgate Bank & Trust Co.
|Click the Seacology link to learn how they are preserving Coral Reefs