Over the summer, I worked with the Rotary Club of Lautoka and Habitat for Humanity in Lautoka, Fiji. While I was there, I was building houses with a team from Australia. We built houses for the local Indians living in the slums surrounding the Lautoka, Fiji area. The houses were made out of wooden frames and specially designed metals in a plan that allows for the houses to be cyclone-resistant. Many of the people living in the slums have rickety shacks for houses, with approximately fifteen people per shack. These families are living on approximately $9-15 USD per month.
The project that the Rotary Club of Lautoka and Habitat for Humanity are working on is an effort to eliminate poverty in the region by building cyclone-resistant houses and setting up friendly and agriculturally sustainable communities. I was working with a group of twenty, building two houses in a week. In one of the pictures attached, you can see many of the local workers and a couple volunteers. I learned through this experience how poverty stricken these people are, as they have no set source of income and will do anything to make some money, including stealing volunteers’ water bottles. I feel that my work in building houses helped Habitat for Humanity and the Rotary Club of Lautoka get a small step closer to achieving their goal.