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Fiji Villages Celebrate New Toilet Blocks

Latter-day Saint Charities lends a hand

Two Fijian villages in the highlands of Viti Levu, recently celebrated the completion of new ablution blocks.

The Nelson Palmer Memorial School and the Pennial ministry at Tubarua were recipients of new hygiene facilities provided by Latter-day Saint Charities.   

On the 22nd of January 2020, school children, administrators, and local parishioners affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church celebrated the completion of the new ablution blocks.


"Three toilets, a shower and sink for both the boys and girls will be a blessing for the children and teachers alike," said Church spokesperson Sulueti Kama.  

"The children were very excited as they inspected their new hygiene facility."

The ablution block for the Pennial ministry included a toilet and shower for both men and women, and an adjacent septic field with a tank that can be easily pumped when necessary.


Many parishioners travel long distances for worship services, so a shower to cool off and freshen up prior to worship services will be appreciated.  Members of the congregation expressed gratitude for this hygiene facility that will bless their lives.

Ribbon cutting ceremonies were held at both facilities.  At the school’s celebration, the students entertained guests with music, and a lunch was provided.  The students' families were in attendance as this was certainly a happy day for everyone.


Pastor Ananias Nawaqa, from the local parish, and Elder Saunders, representing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, both spoke at the meeting.  

Mr. Jordan Naqarikau also spoke on behalf of the district office.

The materials and supplies to install the facilities were donated by Latter-day Saint Charities.  The manpower was donated by local residents.  

Latter-day Saint Charities is funded by personal contributions from members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and friends from around the world.  It is one of the few charities in the world in which 100% of the donations go directly to needed projects and emergencies around the world.

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