Vaipu'a and Fogasavaii Primary School Fruit Tree Project – Samoa

Vaipu’a is a beautiful village on Savai’i Island in Western Samoa. The Vaipu’a and Fogasavaii Primary School serves 180 to 200 students from both villages, and is staffed by 8 teachers.

The project is to plant and provide irrigation for sixty fruit trees within the Primary School’s campus fence for the benefit of the students.

The tree planting will be organized and supervised by Peace Corps Volunteer Elisa Law along with the Primary School teachers.

Ministry of Crops Division employees will head the actual tree planting. All the labor, including digging, weeding, and planting, will be done by the students in order to provide them with hands-on experience. The students will also be responsible for watering and maintaining the trees.

Vaipu'a and Fogasavaii Primary School Fruit Tree Project - SamoaAll tools will be contributed by the village. Orange, Rambutan, and Mango cuttings and saplings are harvested from a Ministry of Crops Division research facility in a village on the same island.

While accomplishing this project, the children and teachers will learn about agriculture and will become familiar with how to plant and grow fruit trees successfully.

Once the trees are planted, all students and staff of the school will exclusively be able to access the fruits of the trees at no cost. This will provide a healthful and nutritious addition to their diets, and save them the money they must presently spend for snacks. An additional benefit is the reduction of plastic wrapper waste.

This project is sustainable and will continue to supply the students of Vaipua and Fogasavaii Primary School with healthy and free lunch options for as long as the trees bear fruit!

Through opportunity, encouragement and education the students will learn healthier eating habits that will be carried home and spread throughout the entire community.

This project has now been funded, through the generosity of Six Senses Resorts & Spas as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative.

Any donations using the Donate button below will go toward additional water and sanitation projects in Samoa.

This project has been completed. To read about the conclusion of this project, CLICK HERE.