Projects

SAVU SAVU, FIJI

Ra-marama Community Information Hub

"We the women of Cakaudrove are really looking forward to having this as a networking centre, to bring in our craft, talk about our safety as women. This is where we will all meet as women. It's been a long journey for us, we encountered many difficulties...and with AWF it’s like our dreams have come true” —Adi Kavu Fong, SVTC

PROJECT: Ra-marama Community Information Hub
PROJECT TYPE: International Development
LOCATION: SAVU SAVU, FIJI
PARTNER: Habitat For Humanity, Clearview Architects
FUNDER: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
CLIENT: Soqosoqo Vakamarama i Taukei ni Cakaudrove (SVTC)
Women’s organisation attains self-determination, celebrates and preserves local knowledge and craft in a Culture and Information Hub in Savusavu, Fiji.

The Ra-Marama Culture and Information Hub (RMCIH) project comprises the design, construction, and landscaping of a Great Hall and associated buildings on a beautiful site in the town of Savusavu, on the island of Vanua Levu, Fiji. Funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the RMCIH is a collaborative project between the rural women of Cakaudrove—Soqosoqo Vakamarama i Taukei ni Cakaudrove (SVTC)—and Architects Without Frontiers. SVTC facilitates a range of education programs for remote communities in Cakaudrove to develop capacities, preserve Indigenous arts, crafts, and culture, and promote gender equality. The RMCIH project will provide space for women to meet and sell craft (and so contribute to their livelihoods), tell stories, exchange information, educate and learn, cook together, and provide accommodation for women and families in need.

“The Fiji project celebrates culture and women and gives women a space to share all of this knowledge and bring in young women to participate. It also makes sure that women have a safe space. It’s a beacon of celebrating women and keeping them safe, and championing the fact that they can come together and that they have a voice.” —Leeanne Marshall, AWF

Year: 2008 – present

Status: Construction

Partners:

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Habitat For Humanity Fiji

Clearview Architects