Helping my Fijian Friends

Helping my Fijian Friends

Millie and her daughters

Vitale playing guitar

Fiji was my favorite place in the world.  The pristine reefs and beautiful tropical jungles and friendly people had me enthralled.  I had no idea that Fijians don’t have safe drinking water.  I first heard about the water problem from Millie at the Koro Sun Resort.  Millie told me that the rainwater stored in the volcanic rock catchments is contaminated from vegetation and runoff, particularly after heavy rains, and makes people sick so the water is not safe to drink.  I saw this first hand on Namena where I saw our boat captain, Vitale, down by the staff quarters boiling water to drink. Vitale explained that the Fiji government tells Fiji villagers to boil all their water prior to consumption. Here I was, drinking filtered and bottled water in my bure while the friendly, helpful Fijians were either drinking diseased water or boiling it!  Imagine the time and fuel required – fuel they do not have!I could not bear to see Mlilies adorable daughters drinking dirty water while I had filtered resort water.  I had to do something to help and that is why I got together with like minded people to start this Fiji Home Water Filters initiative.