URGENT APPEAL: CYCLONE WINSTON
20 February 2016. Cyclone Winston, the strongest recorded cyclone in the history of the South Pacific, makes landfall in Fiji.
Homes, crops, schools, entire communities have been left devastated. In the wake of Cyclone Winston, most fundraising efforts are focussed on feeding and attending to the immediate relief needs. We are working hard to raise enough funding to re-build the 6 villages around the resorts in order to restore communities and help make them self-sufficient again.
We need your help!
Whether by way of donation, or simply raising awareness in your organisation and amongst friends. Please, please take a moment to check it out on Indiegogo and also share it with your friends?
All the tools are there. Make a contribution, or simply follow the updates. If enough of us get behind it, we can rebuild 6 villages.
To fall in love with Fiji, is to fall in love with her people.
No Barefoot experience would be the same without the warm Fijian hospitality that makes this place our home and our staff would love to take you to see their villages (don't forget to Pack for a Purpose :)
At Barefoot, we understand the importance of symbiotic relationships and are committed to developing sustainable communities. We employ up to 75% of our staff from the village and provide vocational training to school leavers.
Most of our fresh produce is local and seasonal; grown by the villagers on the islands or sourced from local, sustainable seafood suppliers.
The villagers are master craftsmen and we enlist their help for all our carving, thatching and weaving requirements. When using external contractors, we have them working side-by-side with locals, facilitating skills transfer. Be sure to visit the new KiniKini Bar on Barefoot Kuata Island to see the incredible local craftmanship.
Barefoot Manta Island is also home to volunteers participating in Vinaka Fiji’s Children, Schools & Education programme. These volunteers support schools and teachers by assisting with classroom teaching (in English) based on the Fijian National curriculum, through classwork, literacy games and educational activities.