|Fr Donato Kivi SM
|The beginning of Dawasamu Eco Center Project
How have we responded according to the goals:
This third point brings us to DAWASAMU. There is one thing about teaching and publishing which can be done anywhere. But having a more grounded and centred centre in the mission of Laudato Si’ is another thing. Thus the reasoning behind the Dawasamu project.
At the moment, our “profound response” is to establish an ecological centre that belongs to the Society of Mary, where the mission of ecological conversion is primarily the focus. Accordingly, we have slowly developed a Centre at the Marist College holiday property in Dawasamu, 50km northeast of Suva. It should provide accommodation for ecological retreats, teaching, workshops, seminars, research, publishing and advocacy.
Currently, the centre has provided a place for Marist and diocesan students to hold recollections and retreats. An NGO has used it to give seminars for rural empowerment. There have been two weekend visits from Nadera parish. There is a massive demand for an ecological centre for us Oceanians. Dawasamu can be a pilot project to replicate more Centres in our Oceania region.
Dawasamu Projects in the Past four Years – (more could have been done if it wasn’t for the Covid
-19 lockdown years)
Our flagship project is the Earthbag building chapel. It was first planned to be a prototype building for a hurricane evacuation centre. Therefore promoting low-cost ecological building for rural people.
Other Projects completed in Dawasamu
Future goals for development – Proper boarding eco-home for singles and married couples, Conference Centre and Library.