Dear Friends of the Dream Machine Foundation…
I have lots of wonderful news to share. We begin with Vatuvonu School, which has a new staff and is to become a K-12 Academy next year. Naggi, our other school, is thriving with over 160 students. Walla Walla University is preparing to send us missionary teachers.
The DMF are mission group facilitators. We do all the advanced work to ensure that each group arrives problem-free and help oversee their activities. We are working with the Jebez Foundation to build a medical clinic on Rabi Island. Portland Adventist Academy laid the foundation in March.The work was so fulfilling and the islanders so friendly that they are going back in 2013. Fijians love visitors and truly appreciate all we do for them. They do all that they can to give something back. This teenage girl that they decked out in flowers will never forget her island friends and what the mission trip meant to her. That is one of the prime directives of the DMF, changing the lives of America youth with service to others through love for Jesus Christ.
The DMF is beginning its fourteenth year in Fiji. We have weathered many problems, but most importantly we have built a close working relationship with the Fiji Government, the Trans Pacific Union and the Fiji Mission of SDA’s. We are all working together to combine our resources for the common good. Nine years ago the DMF introduced slow-sand water filtration systems into rural Fiji. Because they require little maintenance and no chemicals they are ideal for villages and rural schools. The one to the right is at an elementary school. This program has been so successful that the Ministry of Health has asked us to take a leadership role in rural fresh water management and health education. We are also tasked with sending mobile medical/dental clinics into all the public schools in the Northern Division of Fiji. Last year, with the assistance of the government we tested all the villagers on Rabi Island, (4,762 people), for tuberculosis and cholera. We are working with the villages to set up roving teams of water inspectors and to extend slow-sand filtration systems into a greater area. Towards this goal the Ministry of Health has provided us with one hundred 55 gallon plastic barrels for small filtration systems. Each barrel can provide fresh clean water for about thirty people. The DMF buys the piping, does the installation and maintenance, teaches water hygiene, and trains inspection teams.
Our clean water program includes installation of septic systems and sidewalks. The concrete sidewalks are critical in the coastal villages. When the heavy rains come, the older septic systems overflow into the villages and gardens; children have to wade through fouled water. The DMF was first to respond to three cyclones in eight years providing over 20 tons of food and gardening supplies, and making repairs.