Tekivu Tale is best translated as 'new beginnings'
...and it is where Operation Foundation engages the community in wholistic restoration. This is our responding to Fiji's natural disasters such as the floods and cyclones in addition to selected community development projects that have 'restoration of lives and community' as a theme.
Below is an outline of how we have engaged:
July 2018 - House for Iva Update
Topped up on coffee and wielding drills, shovels, and saws the OF team (and a few extras) pitched in and finished a couple of outstanding items on Iva's new house. The day was characterised by laughter and good humour, with Fijian hospitality providing a lunch we couldn't finish. Photo's of the day can be viewed at this link.
What was exciting to evidence was the joy in Iva and her children - the relocation and new house have provided a good foundation for renewed wholistic health. Even more exciting was the news that the young local men who donated their time and labour helping to build the house have now all got full-time jobs.
What we witnessed is how the first blessing of a financial gift from our donors TFSA, is now rippling out through a community.
May 2018 - Handover of House for Iva
On the Friday before Mother's Day the house was handed over to Iva and her children. It was a day of great celebration with the OF team and the community coming together.
January 2018 - House for Iva commences
With the generous funds raised by TFSA (Total Financial Solutions Australia), construction has begun on a new home for Iva and her eight children. The scope of the work is to provide a complete new dwelling while engaging the local community to assist with their labour and support. The photo's below show the progress to-date.
September 2017 - Special Purpose Project with TFSA - Total Financial Solutions Australia
TFSA have generously funded the construction of a new home for a family near Sigatoka. Community consultations have been undertaken, and the dwelling is now in planning and approval stage with construction anticipated to begin in November 2017.
May 2017 - TSFA Community Day
Construction of a water tank stand, installation of a water pipe line, and the construction and installation of three clothes lines at the Sigatoka Special School. This project was undertaken with the active participation of the advisor groups of TSFA (Total Financial Solutions Australia) during their Fiji conference.
We had a fantastic day with the TFSA Advisors. Thanks for your sweat, your love, and generosity.
October-November 2016 - TC Winston
Commenced the Naboutolu Rebuild by constructing 15 houses. The 5m x 5m houses are built on concrete slabs with an adjoining 2m x 2m bathroom. The frames are galvanized steel and the cladding corrugated iron. The structural strength of the houses is cyclone rated. Houses finished and handed over to the nominated families in the community. This project was led by Pastor Mark Wilson of Katalyst Church, Melbourne. Supported by the partnership of numerous financial donors, and made a reality on the ground by a team of 35+ dedicated men and women from all over Australia who gave up their holidays to come and rebuild.
May 2016 - TC Winston
Conducted Healing Trauma groups to affected communities and groups.
February 2016 - TC Winston
The OF Team immediately responded to the national crisis after Tropical Cyclone Winston.
Distributions of initial Aid & Relief by way of food and essential goods to targeted communities in Tailevu, Ra, Vanua Levu and Taveuni.
September 2015 - HFP Community Day
Construction of two new bathrooms, and the installation of home electrical wiring and fittings, for three families with special needs family members in the Lautoka area. This project was undertaken with the active partnership of the team from Hunter Financial Planning in Newcastle, Australia.