In early 2012, the Wanaka and Queensland New Zealand Rotary clubs made an incredibly generous donation to the Yasawa Trust Foundation, that has facilitated a significant increase in water holding capacity and collection efficiency across three Northern Yasawan Villages where access to fresh water is limited. Through both the donation of funding and man power by these two rotary clubs, the Yasawa Trust Foundation and GVI water security program has been able to add over 83,200 litres of new water holding capacity in new rainwater harvesting systems, carry out efficiency improvements on over 100,000 litres worth of existing collection capacity, and install 15 filter systems across three villages. The sheer impact of these infrastructure improvements became evident during a recent audit of the water security of Nabukeru, Tamasua, and Malakati villages during which time community members reported that an abundance of water was available during this dry season and a major reason for this abundance was due to the increased collection capacity installed and efficiency improvements carried out by the New Zealand Rotary project.
Nabukeru Village on Yasawa-i-Rawa island has a population of approximately 250 people and is one of the most Northern and remote villages in the Yasawas.
The Queensland Rotary Club funded and installed 4 new Rainwater Harvesting Systems, and completed repairs on another 3 systems. The total water capacity added to Nabukeru Village through Rotary funding is approximately 25,200 Litres in new filtered water systems and carried out efficiency improvements on approximately 5,000litres worth of existing catchment capacity.
- House # 33: 5,000 Litre Tank, Base, Filter system, guttering
- Fura’s House: 5,000 Litre Tank, Base, Filter System, guttering
- Methodist Church: 10,000 Litre Tank, Base, Filter System, guttering
- Community Hall 2:, Base, Filter System, guttering (5,200 Litre Tank provided by village)
- Quma’s Church: repaired base, provided new guttering, lockable tap (2,000 litre)
- Vuake’s House: repaired base, provided new guttering, lockable tap (2,000 litre)
- Community Hall 1: repaired all guttering on northside of the hall (40,000 litre)
- Ratu Namasi School 1: repaired guttering (5,200 litre)
- Ratu Namasi School 2: repaired downpipe and collection efficiency (5,000 litre)
Tamasua village is home to approximately 130 people and at times is dependent upon Nabukeru to pump water via a basic pipe system from Nabukeru’s bore hole. Though Tamasua has sufficient catchment for the population of the village the RWH infrastructure was in severe disrepair and many tanks had not been collecting water. The Wanaka and Queensland Rotary funding and man power helped to improve efficiency and ensure better water quality across over 79,800 litres worth of existing catchment capacity.
- House #36 – cement base poured, new guttering (5,200l tank)
- Sala House- guttering replaced, filter system installed, lid secured (5,200l tank)
- Uraia House – Filter system installed (5,200l tank)
- Siona House – guttering replaced, filter installed (10,000l tank)
- Church – replaced / repitched guttering ( 40,000l tank)
- Talatala House – all guttering replaced ( 2 x 2000l tanks)
- Joe’s House – guttering replaced, cement base poured, filter system (5,000l tank)
- John’s House – guttering replaced, cement base poured, filter system installed (5,200l tank)
Malakati Village is located on the western coast of Nacula island in a large bay north of Nacula Village. With a population of around 200, Malakati relies on a mixture of spring water and rain water during the dry season. After carrying out water security assessments in Malakati Village, the volunteer assessment team found that this village relied heavily on spring water of unreliable quality. The Wanaka and Queensland Rotary has now funded 58,000litres worth of new filtered water systems and the team carried out maintenance on an existing capacity of 20,000 litres.
New Systems Installed / Infrastructure Supplied
- Northern House – 5,200 Litre tank, base, filter system, guttering
- Kindergarten- 5,200 Litre tank (tank provided by Government), base, filter system, guttering
- Nabukalou House – 5,200 Litre tank, base, filter system, guttering
- Community Hall- 5,200 Litre tank, base, filter system, guttering
- Church 1 – 10,000 Litre tank, base, filter system, guttering
- Church 2 – 10,000 Litre tank, base, filter system, guttering
- Church 3- 10,000 Litre tank, base, filter system, guttering
- Matuku House – base poured, guttering replaced (2,000 litre tank)
- Community Hall- all guttering/downpipe replaced (8,000litre Concrete tank)
- Matuku House #2 – all guttering/downpipe replaced (5,000 litre Concrete tank)
- Church 4 – all guttering/downpipe replaced (10,000 litre Concrete tank)
The collaborative effort between all stakeholders has been a wonderful example of how fundraisers, donors, businesses, development organizations, and the spirit of volunteering can achieve significant impact through shared intention. Vinaka Vaka Levu Wanaka and Queensland Rotary for this important donation in support of the basic needs of the Yasawan People.