MISSION AT NATUVU CREEK Team
Location: Vanua Levu Island, Fiji
Issue Area: Medical
The relationship between Pepperdine students and the people of Fiji goes back several years. The Mission at Natuvu Creek on Vanua Levu Island, the second largest of the 322 islands that make up Fiji, officially began development in 2005, years after Dr. Marta Tooma’s first trip to the island. Pepperdine students’ relationship with “Marta’s Clinic” began in 2008 with the first Project Serve trip to the Mission.
Members of the Natuvu Creek community are surrounded by the beauty of Vanua Levu. A 1,200 year old extinct volcano borders the mission on one side and the sea on the other. The unaltered beauty of the area plays a part in the need of the community. The hard-to-reach location and the poverty of the community prevents citizens from immediate access to medical or dental care. The Mission at Natuvu Creek offers the community these services from people who know and love them.
On this trip, Pepperdine students will assist local doctors and dentists in providing basic medical and dental assistance to those who need it most at Tooma’s Medical Clinic. In doing so, we will be showing impoverished people love and care.
Each member of our team is a pre-med student who hopes to become a medical professional. By supporting us, we can explore our vocation in a hands-on way and make a difference for the people of Fiji. Please consider giving today.
Jenny “Jae Eun” Min