THE American Ambassador Frankie Reed has described her tour to special project sites in Wailevu Village, Cakaudrove yesterday as a special one.
Ms Reed and her 200- member entourage were accorded a traditional welcoming ceremony by the villagers.
She said the trip was the American Embassy's way of establishing and strengthening relations with the local community.
Ms Reed visited three projects in Wailevu which were possible through the assistance of American Peace Corps and this included the Wailevu Women's Virgin Coconut Oil production group, the sandalwood nursery, and a tour of the Wailevu District School.
American Peace Corps volunteer, at Wailevu Village Michelle Ferreira said that the projects helped the villagers meet their financial obligations and also develop the village through its co-operative.
"We identified the virgin coconut oil as coconuts were in abundance, and through the profits gathered from the sale of VCO the men in the village were able to construct a coconut drier which is helping farmers in the village with the production of copra," she said.