Schoolchildren in the province of Ra, Fiji have a new dining hall thanks to support from the FIJI Water Foundation and their local school committee.
The $44,000 project was completed in mid-May 2012 at Bureivanua District School in the village of Bureivanua. The dining hall and kitchen were built to cater to the 90 students at the school. The photo above is the ribbon-cutting ceremony with the local priest, Laisenia Kaiwai, and honored guest Apisai Vularika, Assistant Provincial Administrator at the Ra Provincial Office.
Many of the students at Bureivanua, and in other rural schools in Fiji, live at school while attending classes because their home village is too far to travel each day. The school committee provides hot lunches to all students during the school week, the new building allows the children to have their lunch within the school vicinity under the supervision of teachers.
At the opening ceremony Assistant Provincial Administrator Vularika was presented with a yaqona plant by the school committee and villagers, after which the village priest blessed the new building.
Here’s a slideshow of more photos from the ceremony.