Koroipita, Model For Cli­mate Change In COP23

Fiji Sun - - Nation - KARALAINI TAVI Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola Feed­back: karalaini.tavi@fi­jisun.com.fj

The Model Town Char­i­ta­ble Trust aims to con­struct model towns across Fiji and Pa­cific Island Coun­tries sim­i­lar to their project “Koroipita” at Naik­ab­ula out­side Lau­toka. Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Man­ager, Su­san Naidu made the con­fir­ma­tion dur­ing the Voda­fone ATH Fiji Foun­da­tion’s 10th Cor­po­rate Phi­lan­thropy Sem­i­nar on Thurs­day at Hil­ton Re­sort on De­na­rau.

She said the project was es­tab­lished by Peter Drys­dale and will soon be pre­sented at the COP23 as model for Cli­mate Change. “Koroipita is a life giv­ing com­mu­nity and an out­stand­ing model of how a good qual­ity of life can be pro­vided for such large num­bers of un­der-priv­i­leged peo­ple,” Ms Naidu said.

“Now 32 years later it is the clean­est and green­est com­mu­nity in Fiji and the Pa­cific and we take pride in that,” she said.

Ms Nair said com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment was the en­gine for the project. While car­ry­ing out the work they avoided pub­lic­ity and kept a low key.

“Koroipita is the most holis­tic com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme from ed­u­ca­tion, health, sports and aware­ness pro­grammes,” she said.

“We ac­tu­ally go and look at what skills peo­ple have and build their busi­nesses based on their skills.” Ms Naidu con­firmed that they had started with nine houses as part of the new ex­ten­sion of 20 houses. “The 20 houses we are work­ing on now in­clude an in­ter­na­tional stan­dard sports field, proper sewage sys­tem, al­lo­cated space for agri­cul­ture and a fire­wood plan­ta­tion, a botan­i­cal area for ed­u­ca­tion pur­poses,” she said.

“While build­ing we will also be hav­ing ad­vanced train­ing mod­ules and fire safety train­ing.”

The project in­cludes the pro­posed Light In­dus­trial Park. It also in­cludes the up­grad­ing of the sew­er­age, wa­ter and elec­tric­ity sup­ply to cater for the ex­pected in­flux of pop­u­la­tion into Naik­ab­ula.

“We are still wait­ing for the engi­neers to ap­prove the Light In­dus­trial Park, where busi­ness peo­ple can come and es­tab­lish them­selves.”

Photo: Voda­fone Fiji

Model Town Char­i­ta­ble Trust Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Man­ager, Su­san Naidu dur­ing the Voda­fone ATH Fiji Foun­da­tion’s 10th Cor­po­rate Phi­lan­thropy Sem­i­nar at Hil­ton Re­sort, De­na­rau on Septem­ber 14, 2017.

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