VARIOUS community projects in the Serua, Naitasiri, Tailevu and Rewa provinces have been given a much-needed boost by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community Education Training Centre.
The communities each received $500 for projects specific to each community's needs, ranging from construction of a bus shelter, drum ovens and rubbish stands, to buying tools and equipment for village drainage systems.
Also the centre's students live and study in a village community for two weeks.
And during their visit, students explored the individual and community assets in the village and research issues the particular village faced.
A statement from the centre said the participants were trained in needs assessment skills using the participatory learning and action tools and the quality circle process.
It said later, they used their skills of project planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
And with the funding, in Matacaucau Village in Tailevu, a bus shelter and drum ovens were built.
In Naivilaca Village in Rewa, mangroves were planted and three concrete foot-crossings were built.
Last year, the centre supported four communities — Sawakasa in Tailevu; Nadawa settlement in Nasinu; Vatoa settlement in Narere; and Tuirara settlement in Makoi — in a similar undertaking.
More than 100 villages and communities all over Fiji have been supported by this program since its establishment in 1963.