“Giving is not about making a donation. It is about making a difference.” -Kathy Calvin, Ceo United Nations Foundation
There are many organizations doing wonderful things for Fiji and we’ve been asked by many clients to recommend a specific project and that is pretty tough to do. Here are some that we personally work with and feel 100% confident in supporting.
Loloma Foundation: A Resource to Help Fiji
Those looking to give could donate to any number of the large organizations or decide to support an organization with a specific project.
Supporting Rural Communities
Now, let’s take a step back so we can tell you a little background on this organization that we think is so great. It’s estimated that approximately 60% of the South Pacific population lives in rural conditions and faces the greatest challenge accessing basic healthcare. For the past 15 years, the Loloma Foundation has worked toward a mission of improving the lives of the people of the South Pacific (they’ve helped 90,000 people to be exact) by providing sustainable medical, dental and infrastructure support to rural communities of Fiji and the Solomon Islands.
They’ve shipped and distributed $32 million worth of medication, medical supplies, dental supplies and equipment to the South Pacific since the organization began in 2001.
In addition, the Loloma Foundation has conducted 70 medical/dental missions in 150 villages across Fiji and the Solomon Islands.
Their volunteer physicians have treated 90,000 patients, which would otherwise not have access to basic healthcare.
The Loloma Foundation has seen 8,700 dental patients and performed 382 cataract surgeries. General surgeries were also performed on 520 people.
This organization believes it is crucial to support a healthy community beyond just providing medical, surgical, and dental care. They contribute to a host of joint funding sustainability projects (co-financed with the village participation):
- Building Kindergartens in rural villages
- Providing educational materials to Kindergartens
- Training teachers who are certified by the Fiji Kinde Project
- Providing scholarships for primary and secondary school students
- Stocking libraries with books
- Village solar power projects
- Cleaning water through catchment, storage tanks and construction of sand filtration systems
- Village bakery businesses
How to Donate
Donations to help their Fiji relief efforts can be made to the Loloma Foundation here. Mention “Fiji Vacations” in the comment section when you make the donation. We will be sure to update you on the Loloma Foundation’s work.
In Fijian, Loloma means “from the heart” or “a gift of love.” This foundation is aptly named, since their work in Fiji represents a gift truly from the heart. All volunteers pay their own way for each of the relief trips. The 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation was established in 2001 and is based in California, which enables your donation to be tax-deductible.