Food Security Project
Food Security Gardens at Women & Children Commune, Fiji
What is this fundraiser for?
IVI is setting up a large hydroponic farm within a disadvantaged community in Fiji. Most of the residents in this commune are women and children who are in need of assistence to combat poverty, hunger, malnutrition and to provide economic opportunity for the 400 residents. 🌱🍅🍋⠀
Hydroponic farming can produce up to 9 times the yield of standard gardening while using 85% less water. This means that it can save space, save water and save money in the long term, as well as providing fresh fruit and vegetables for the community. Hydroponic gardening provides a low cost, sustainable strategy increasing dietary diversity and the introduction of micro nutrient rich foods. ⠀
We are in need of donations towards helping the woman of the commune establish their own micro businesses selling hydroponic produce at local markets as well as hand crafts, jewellery and clothing.
How Can I Help?
If you would like to help on the ground, setting the project up and helping with the construction of the facility, the running and maintaining of the gardens, as well as teaching the locals how to care for the gardens and how to turn it into a profit, please get in touch with us.
There are many areas for volunteers to get involved in here, from the physical stuff like setting up the gardens and maintaining them, to working with locals and managers with the ongoing plans, development and research into the project. This could include public relations campaigning and coaching and training for local businesses. Read more on this project below.
Why Involvement Volunteers International?
Our Core Values
Our vision is to improve food security and empower communities through sustainable, life changing development programs. IVI aims to encourage volunteers to become social entrepreneurs who understand the complexities of poverty and play an active role to improve the quality of life in the most vulnerable populations in the world. Our volunteers seek to contribute and catalyse the efforts of local partners on the ground.
We send specialised and non specialised teams to help with Medical and Health projects, Rebuilding and Emergency relief work, Environmental and Agricultural projects and Childcare Education support.
Where does my money go?
Your money goes directly back into the project, and will help towards the cost of the vertical hydroponic units & supplies, water pumps, tubing, buckets, nutrients and other vital supplies to help set up and run the project. We will also be monitoring the nutrition statistics of the residents over a period of time, and collecting data on how the gardens effect the overall nutrition of the women and children.
Any donations over $2 in Australia, to a charity which has DGR status, are tax deductable. This means that you can give money to a worthwhile charity, whilst helping to save money on your next tax return.
Does the charity still get all the money I have donated?
Yes! IVI will still recieve all of the money you donate, which will then go to our worthy causes. DGR means that when it’s time to do your tax return, your donaction can count to how much of your income is taxed. You won’t get any money directly back, but you will pay less tax, therefore saving you money.
30 Years Experience
IVI is an Australian charity & non profit organisation founded in 1989 and is one of the pioneers of overseas volunteering successfully placing over 20,000 volunteers globally. We accept volunteers from all over the world and place them in meaningful overseas missions.