Ra-Marama Community Information Hub (Formerly Cakaudrove Women's Resource Centre)

Savusavu, Fiji

AWF Design Team: Emma Healy, Lucia Wellington, Loata Ho
Client : Soqosoqo Vakamarama i Taukei ni Cakaudrove
Funder :
Current Status : Construction

Project Summary :

The Ra-Marama Community Information Hub (RCIH) project comprises the design and construction of built structures and associated landscaping and civil infrastructure to a site in the town of Savusavu, on the island of Vanua Levu, Fiji. The RCIH is a collaborative project between the women of Cakaudrove (represented by the Soqosoqo Vakamarama in Cakaudrove), and Architects Without Frontiers Australia.

The project is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid program.

The resource centre and associated buildings aim to provide the following services:
  • a space for the indigenous women of the region to sell and exhibit their craft and other wares
  • safe and affordable temporary accommodation for women travelers
  • training facilities for younger rural women
  • strengthening of cultural traditions
  • improvement to the standard of living for local indigenous women through self employment


November 2017

With the Great Hall now complete, we were pleased to see that SVTC have successfully held their first Annual General Meeting and are making plans for starting to use the building in the new year. AWF and the project team are heading back to site in December to finalise preparations for Phase 2 of the project which will provide accommodation and office facilities to the women.

June 2017

While we are waiting for the final approvals and certificates to allow the women to get into the Great Hall to continue their important operations, we are doing some last minute coats of paint and getting the building in tip top shape. Great to see some of the beautiful timber work from the building.

November 2016

The final touches are being put onto the Great Hall. AWF recently visited the site with DFAT, the client (SVTC), the project manager and the contractor to discuss finishing details. We are looking forward to finalising phase 1 of the project so we can move on to phase 2 and get SVTC using the centre.

February 2016

Building is moving along well on the Great Hall and we are happy get the latest photos from site to share with you.

July 2015

Construction is almost complete! The team on site has been working hard with the local builders and it's amazing to see the Great Hall taking shape. Stay tuned for facebook for more updates!

May 2014

Construction has started! We are so excited to finally see progress on the site!

Special message: December 2013

It is with deep sadness that we at Architects without Frontiers learn of the unexpected passing of Adi Unaisi Mitimiti, the president of the Soqosoqo Vakamarama for Cakaudrove (our local client for the CWRC project). She was an incredible, vibrant, intelligent and generous woman and a powerful advocate for the rural women and the Resource Centre project.

Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this very difficult time and also with the local women's organisation who have lost a valued leader, role model and spokesperson.

We continue to be committed to delivering a successful outcome in Fiji and hope that the legacy of Adi Unaisi Mitimiti is continued on within the project. Currently the project is to go to a limited tender in early January with work to begin on site by February 2014.

July 2013

The CWRC project is again moving along well. The access road is underway and will be finished in a few weeks. The tender drawings will be going out to potential local contractors by the end of the month and we are looking forward to seeing and showing you more progress on site!

July 2012

The CWRC project is again moving along well. This AusAID funded project aims to design and construct a Women's Resource Centre in Savusavu, Fiji.

AWF Project Coordinator Leeanne Marshall travelled to Fiji in May to interview and appoint the local project manager (in consultation with the client group), assess the status of the project, meet with local stakeholders and hand over the approved design to the local architects.

Thanks go to the wonderful AWF Design Team of Loata Ho, Emma Healy and Lucia Wellington who have worked for a number of years with the client group on the design. They have been supported by Derek Chin, Ameera Mahmood, Mie Mie Ohn and Emily Simpson.

We are also very grateful for the advice and assistance of Sheila Tawalo, who has contributed so much valuable knowledge, and experience of living and working in Fiji, to this project.

We will keep you updated on the progress on site as construction begins.

September 2011

AWF is excited to confirm that the project is now being funded by AusAID.

AWF Project Coordinator Leeanne Marshall and AWF Project Management Consultant James Harley visited Fiji in late August. The AWF representatives met with the major project stakeholders including the Client (SVTC), AusAID and local councils. Potential local consultants such as architects, project managers and quantity surveyors were also interviewed. AWF plans to select a local project manager in the next month to assist with delivering the project successfully.

It is preferred that local craftsman are to be engaged wherever possible on this project and that the local skilled community members are given the opportunity to work on the construction teams. Part of the purpose of the AWF visit was to begin to establish systems of sourcing local materials and labour for use in the construction of the Women's Resource Centre.

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