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Partners in Community Development Fiji
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Suva
Fiji Islands

Phone: (679) 330 0392

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About PCDF

Read our 'Sharing Stories' about traditional mat-making in Moturiki.

Mission and Vision

Mission:
Working in partnership with communities to empower and assist with informed decision making for their own future development.

Vision:
Communities achieving equitable, holistic and sustainable livelihoods.

How we Work

We have very targeted goals. These are vitally important programs. It is our commitment to take these programs and run them with efficiency.

Goals:

  • Protect our coral reefs
  • Conserve our fresh water
  • Promote good governance
  • Reduce the stigma attached to mental health issues
  • Support sustainable livelihood initiatives

How we work:

  • We are a team of 30 Fijians, Multi Ethnic, European and Australasians.
  • We are informed about a project either directly or indirectly from a community. But the official written request must eventually come from the communities themselves.
  • We will work with a community if no other organisation is currently doing so.
  • We assess the project logistics and write up a proposal.
  • We work closely both with the government and independently to achieve objectives.
  • We use community appropriate tools of engagement.

Awards & International Media Coverage

International Media Coverage:

  • 2003 BBC Television – Coral Gardens
  • 2004 BBC Radio – Coral Gardens
  • 2008 BBC Television – The Coral Gardner
  • 2008 ABC – Sustainable Tourism

Awards:

  • Gold for International Green Apple Award (Environmental Best Practice) 2004.
  • International Green Apple Award (Soil Conservation) Winner 2006.
  • Best Annual Report 2004, South Pacific Stock Exchange
  • First Runner Up for Annual Report 2006, by the South Pacific Stock Exchange
  • First Runner Up for Annual Report 2007, by the South Pacific Stock Exchange

Did you Know?

  • PCDF has helped 142 communities develop Management Plans.
  • PCDF has facilitated the establishment of 57 Marine Protected (tabu) Areas (MPA) in Fiji.
  • 884 million people in the world do not have access to safe water. This is roughly one in eight of the world's population (WHO/UNICEF).
  • 1.4 million children die every year from diarrhoea caused by unclean water and poor sanitation - 4,000 child deaths a day or one child every 20 seconds. This equates to 160 infant school classrooms lost every single day to an entirely preventable public health crisis (WHO/WaterAid).
  • On current trends over the next 20 years humans will use 40% more water than they do now (UNEP).

Board of Directors

Patron:

Archbishop Petero Mataca.

Trustees:

Verona Lucas, Susana Tuisawau, Adi Laufitu Malani.

Board Members:

Mr Sashi Singh (Chairperson), Dr Graham Roberts, Ms Monica Raghwan, Mr Lionel Gibson, Mrs Alisi Daurewa, and Tevita Ravumaidama (Executive Director).


The Team

Tevita RavumaidamaED Tevita Ravumaidama

How long have you worked here?
Since January 2010.

What role did you come from before here?
Programme Advisor/Director.

What is your role?
Team Leader/Executive Director.

Example of the work you are doing at the moment.

  • Resource and staff development
  • Programme planning
  • Review of the strategic plan and direction for PCDF

What is it that attracted you to PCDF?
Working with community people to improve standards of

community life and participating in sustainable programmes for the people.

Why do you like working here
PCDF is a family; I enjoy travelling and meeting people at different levels;

facilitating the concept for people's development -ownership of programme sustainability.


Ferine Bano

How long have you worked here?
Since 2007.

What role did you come from before here?
I started with the role of part-time Cleaner/Administration support staff. Before PCDF I was a POS Operator/Cashier at a service station.

What is your role?
Personal Assistant to Executive Director.

Example of the work you are doing at the moment?

  • Personal Assistant duties to the Executive Director.
  • Human Resource and Accounts duties.
  • Part-time Receptionist duties.

What is it that attracted you to PCDF?
The work it does to help communities.

Why do you like working here?
Flexibility - since am a single parent, the number of days I am entitled to is to my advantage. A chance to use my skills and get to learn something about everything. I feel a sense of harmony and togetherness here, something which I have not felt at other places. Though it is dominated by Fijians, I am quite comfortable being around them and learn from them.


Filipe T Waqairagata

How long have you worked here?
Five years this month.

What role did you come from before here?
Graphic designer.

What is your role?
Graphic designer and IT assistant.

Example of the work you are doing at the moment?

  • Designing awareness materials for the organisation
  • Maintaining our equipment
  • Maintaining our IT system

What is it that attracted you to PCDF?
The work we do to empower communities.

Why do you like working here?
Knowing that my work is part of an effort to help the communities have a safe and sustainable future. 


Iliapi Tuwai

How long have you worked here?
Since 2005.

What role did you come from before here?
Executive Officer at Marine Studies Program (USP).

What is your role?
Program Director and MORDI Coordinator.

Example of the work you are doing at the moment?

  • Managing and coordinating work programs at PCDF.
  • Coordinating MORDI Program for three districts in Fiji with support from three Officers.
  • Planning and discussions with stakeholders of work undertaken and future plans for MORDI and PCDF projects.

What is it that attracted you to PCDF?
Working with local, ordinary people and seeing improvement in their lives when they realise that they can do it.

Why do you like working here?
The working atmosphere is fantastic with good support from all team members who have similar values of helping people and are ready to make sacrifice to bring about changes.


Annie Madden

How long have you worked here?
I started at PCDF in January 2009.

What role did you come from before here?
Administrative and financial roles in various organisations ranging from Government Institutions, Government Statutory Body and Regional organisations.

What is your role?
Office Manager.

Example of the work you are doing at the moment?

  • Managing the day-to-day finance and administration functions of PCDF.
  • Securing AUSAID core funding for three year period.
  • Reports to the Executive Director, Secretariat to Board of Directors and members. Work with the accounts staff, auditors, project coordinators, suppliers, donors, government and other partners.

What is it that attracted you to PCDF?
My heart is always with the community because I spent most of my young days with my relatives in their villages. I have seen and experienced the hardships they endure and if I have a chance to deliver or to assist in any community development which will empower and uphold a holistic, and sustainable livelihood for the community I will whole heartedly take up the offer without hesitation.

Why do you like working here?
PCDF is a community development based organisation with professional Board members and qualified staff who worked tirelessly for the good of the community. Even though our work contracts depend on the availability of funds one will not regret working at PCDF because of the memorable experience we encountered at the community level.


Tiriseyani Naulivou

How long have you worked here?
Two years

What role did you come from before here?
I was a student at the University of the South Pacific. I had just graduated with a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology.

What is your role?
I am the Youth Coordinator.

Example of the work you are doing at the moment?

  • Strengthen the institutional capacity of target communities and community based organisations, particularly those involving youth and women, as well as community institutions.
  • Increase employment and sustainable livelihood opportunities, especially for youth and women.
  • Establish sustainable processes that enable remote rural communities to link with policy and planning processes.

What is it that attracted you to PCDF?
I find it fulfilling to engage in programmes that empower people.

Why do you like working here?
Experiencing work directly with the community is refreshing and can be life changing at times. I always come back from the field with a wealth of knowledge and I feel blessed to have that.


Talica Anderson

How long have you worked here?
Eight months, since February 2009.

What role did you come from before here?
I was a student from the Fiji School of Medicine studying a Bachelor in Public Health.

What is your role?
I am now a Training, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for the MORDI program.

Example of the work you are doing at the moment?

  • Monitoring and training the Community Facilitators.
  • Liaising with the TMEO from Kiribati and Tonga about the MORDI project.
  • Taking over when the National Programme Coordinator is not available.

What is it that attracted you to PCDF?
I love to work with the community especially at a grass roots level.

Why do you like working here?
I like the working atmoshere, the friendly environment, the smiling staff, the networking, the traveling to rural communities and especially the community development work.


Feke Serau

How long have you worked here?
It has been two years now.

What role did you come from before here?
I was a student before I came here for my attachment.

What is your role?
Admin and Finance Officer for MORDI.

Example of the work you are doing at the moment?

  • Updating all the projects of their financial status.
  • Preparing income and expenditure statements
  • Ensuring that financial records and accounts are efficiently managed and filing is up-to-date at all times.

What is it that attracted you to PCDF?
How we strengthen the capacities of our communities -especially working with youth and women.

Why do you like working here?
Since I started here I have learnt so many things in my field of study and not forgetting meeting the new PCDF family.


Sokiveta Watisoni

Watisoni Sokrieta

How long have you worked here?
Six months.

What role did you come from before here?
 I was a student.

What is your role?
Volunteer (NRM).

Example of the work you are doing at the moment?

  • Doing conservation at various sites (community work).
  • Writing and translating reports.
  • Assisting colleagues when required.

What is it that attracted you to PCDF?
Community work.

Why do you like working here?
The working environment is friendly and comfortable.



Matilita Kedrayate

How long have you worked here?
Two years.

What role did you come from before here?
Project officer with the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO).

What is your role?
Acting Coordinator – Natural Resources Management Programme.

Example of the work you are doing at the moment?

  • Compiling NRM’s 2010 annual work plan.
  • Corresponding with local resorts of potential outlets/markets for handicrafts of women and youths from our project sites of Moturiki and Serua Districts.
  • Preparing discussion papers for meetings with donors for an extension of current project funding.

What is it that attracted you to PCDF?
The unique opportunity to empower communities and work alongside them to effect change that ultimately enhances their livelihoods.

Why do you like working here?
Knowing that I am giving back directly to my local communities. The satisfaction I get from witnessing change in attitudes of how they view their environment and its resources, and the initiatives they take to make it all better – I know my all work is worthwhile.


Setefano Nauqe

How long have you worked here?
January, 2008.

What role did you come from before here?
Language and Cultural Facilitator – LCF: US Peace Corps.

What is your role?
Good Governance Coordinator.

Example of the work you are doing at the moment?

  • Assist NRM programme in activities: PLA, reports and meetings.
  • Facilitate good governance activities including participating budgeting.
  • Writing proposals to donors for project funding.

What is it that attracted you to PCDF?
Grassroots community focus, involvements and commitment to promote participatory approach to development.

Why do you like working here?
Working at PCDF has helped me understand and value the needs of the communities. Through our involvement we have continued to assist communities in the process of promoting their development and protecting their natural resources.


Ilisoni Tuinasavusavu

How long have you worked here?
Siix months.

What role did you come from before here?
Just graduated from USP last September with Bachelor Degree in Marine Science.

What is your role?
My role with NRM is to assist with the liaising with communities, conducting bio- monitoring surveys, facilitating workshops and assisting in all other affairs of NRM’s work.

Example of the work you are doing at the moment?

  • Liasing with communities of the NRM project sites.
  • Bio-monitoring surveys.
  • Assisting and facilitating of workshops.

What is it that attracted you to PCDF?
PCDF is a long serving NGO which is well established in Fiji and is a leader in working with communities throughout the Fiji Islands.

Why do you like working here?
Get to travel and meet the local people of Fiji.


Seru Hoyte

How long have you worked here?
Fifteen years.

What role did you come from before here?
At a hotel.

What is your role?
Receptionist.

Example of the work you are doing at the moment?

  • Reception

What is it that attracted you to PCDF?
Working for the community.

Why do you like working here?
We have a great boss!



Susana Lewanituva

How long have you worked here?
Since April 2009.

What role did you come from before here?
FFONSA – Administrative support staff.

What is your role?
Administrative support staff.

Example of the work you are doing at the moment?

  • Reception duties.

What is it that attracted you to PCDF?
Community environment.

Why do you like working here?
I like the working environment and the people I meet.



Ilisapeci Whippy

How long have you worked here?
For the past five years.

What role did you come from before here?
Own business.

What is your role?
Accounts Officer.

Example of the work you are doing at the moment?

  • Receiving and receipting of funds.
  • Enter data into MYOB.
  • Reconciling of accounts.
  • Preparing of payroll and payment.

What is it that attracted you to PCDF?
Because it is a community based organization. Being brought up from the village, it is an opportunity to help our brothers and sisters back in the rural communities, in such a way the communities know that it is not only the urban areas who can get development assistance. We can also develop our own communities by using our own resources. Also it is an opportunity to meet and see people from different rural communities with different cultures.

Why do you like working here?
I like the environment and the staff are so friendly.



Sharing Stories

Unaisi Tarabite, Traditional Moturiki mat-making, Nasesara.

"... For most Moturiki women this was their first sighting of our traditional mats. The young women are very enthusiastic and have embraced the traditional craft we were once renowned for. Reviving our traditional crafts was made possible by PCDF’s partnership with the Department of Culture and Heritage and we’re grateful for this.

The women of my village have come to learn the techniques from their elders and have begun preparing these mats, as well as perfecting their basket weaving and jewelry making skills. The sales of these handicrafts have enabled us to earn some money and there are now orders for the mats, jewelry and baskets. We are thankful to PCDF for bringing this workshop to us, and for working to secure markets for our handicrafts …"