The Rotahome project in Fiji was started in 1985. Since that time a total of 978 homes have been built for families including 241 at Koroipta Town housing some 1,250 people.

The remaining 737 housing 3,320 people in extremely poor rural areas in the hills and cane belt on the main island Viti Levu.

 

In the early stages, the majority of the homes were funded by Rotary Clubs and built by volunteers mostly from Australia and New Zealand. In more recent years, the homes in the rural areas have been funded by a major benefactor from the USA, with those at Koroipita funded by the New Zealand Government Aid Programme (NZAP).

 

The Rotahome project in rural Fiji has now come to an end with the last remaining homes also about to be completed at Koroipita by a paid workforce. Following the devastating Cyclone Winston in 2016, the project responded quickly, providing families who lost everything with safe homes, incl. toilet, shower and kitchen.

 

Included in the Koroipita Town infrastructure are mains electricity, solar street lighting, sewerage treatment for recycling both grey water (from shower, sink, washtubs) and sewerage effluent. The latter has allowed the Town to create produce gardens generating a huge food surplus for sale at the Lautoka city markets.

 

A town hall that provides space for all manner of activities, a shop, orchid and plant nurseries, computer classrooms and two preschools also form part of the Koroipita community. Koroipita recently opened a Multi-Purpose Sports Court built to international standards for netball, basketball, volleyball and futsal (football).

 

This was funded by a partnership of donors incl. NZAP and other Australian and US donors. A football field to 80% FIFA standard capable of hosting high school tournaments has also been built. Koroipita is making a difference for future generations.

 

In 2017, the town achieved 99.5% school attendance and this year 33 students from Koroipita have entered tertiary (mostly university) education courses.

 

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