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Volunteers for water projects

Daniel Naidu
Thursday, July 04, 2013

A GROUP of volunteers from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) arrived in Fiji, looking to improve water and sanitation standards for communities in the Northern Division.

The Rotary Pacific Water for Life Foundation (RPW) and Global Classrooms for Peace organised the trip for the PhD students.

Group director Dr Eric Hoek said UCLA raised the funds for the project with the help of sponsors, and the students contributed to their travelling expenses.

"I think we have a lot of expertise and understanding at UCLA in water and wastewater treatment, but more importantly I believe we have a lot of enthusiasm and energy for this project and the people in Fiji", Dr Hoek said.

The five students, who specialise in various fields such as water resources engineering, hydrology and bio-engineering, said they wanted to use their knowledge to help people in Fiji.

Along with Dr Hoek, they will visit several communities in Labasa before leaving for Taveuni on June 29.

Global Classroom for Peace executive director Lori Hall said the group would conduct assessments of existing water sources, locate clean water sources and analyse wastewater systems, among other things.

"The assessments that these students will do are already funded by Rotary International grant funds, and those villages will receive funded projects which begin construction in October."


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