Testimonial from Dan Lund, GVI Fiji Country Director
In 2013, MWH made a NZ$10,000 donation to GVI with the goal of increasing both drinking and general water holding capacity for more than 1,000 people across five villages and three islands in the Northern Yasawas, Fiji. Below is an excerpt from a speech delivered by GVI's Country Director in Fiji - Dan Lund - at an event covering MWH Global's CSR efforts in Fiji, predominantly their Water Security Project. In early 2013, MWH approached Global Vision International with a clear goal and vision – to improve water security, capacity, and quality in those areas of Fiji considered most vulnerable to water shortages. As I speak to you now, there are over one thousand people whose access to safe drinking water has been drastically improved as a result of this project. The MWH Water Project has been an opportunity to address ongoing water security issues in the Northern Yasawas on a whole new scale. We have worked to address both challenges to water access and issues with water security. To do so the project focused on three simple goals – the addition of new rainwater systems, improvements to existing systems, and the promotion of relevant awareness across villages and schools where water security is an issue. Together MWH and GVI recruited both local and international volunteers to help carry out the project objectives throughout last year. To date, through both improvements to existing systems and the installation of new systems, this project has made a further 255,500 litres of drinking water capacity available across 4 schools and 10 villages. The impact of this program over such a short period of time has been impressive for all involved. The partnership between MWH and GVI has been efficient and productive. It’s an encouraging model when we can find ways for companies, organisations, and government agencies to work hand in hand to solve basic infrastructure issues.
- Dan Lund, GVI Fiji Country Director