Our mission is to support the medical and dental systems in the South Pacific. In operation since 2001, we have treated more than 90,000 patients.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
While I’d never, ever want to relive dealing with the events caused by the devastation of Cyclone Winston, it was the year that epitomized the immense power of what a global community can do.
Donors opened their wallets and hearts, and over 500 people stepped up to deliver, stabilize and rebuild those affected by the cyclone. Everyone worked hard to meet deadlines dictated by planes, barges, helicopters and boats. Thank you all for the love and concern that was extended to the Fijians in their exceptional time of need this year.
Loloma was fortunate to have 168 dedicated volunteers to join us on 6 missions in Fiji and one in the Solomon Islands aboard the Bilikiki. It is a privilege to work with such selflessly dedicated people who give so much. It is truly gratifying to look back on what was accomplished by all of you in 2016.
Following is a brief overview of what was accomplished in 2016:
Winston strikes Taveuni and volunteers Matt Robertson, John Brody, Valishia Chapman, Jeff Johnsrud and Steve and Annie Moreau traveled to Taveuni to assess damage, dispensed $30,000.00 worth of emergency food, medical help and commenced basic repair work on many of the decimated public structures.
Reconstructive surgery mission: 19 major surgeries completed at the Taveuni Hospital
During the five day mission
Dental team of 4 volunteers performed a total of 538 procedures (extractions, fillings and restorations) on the back of the Bilikiki dive deck with two portable dental units.
Medical team of 20 volunteers ran clinics in 5 separate villages and treated a total of 720 patients. 1456 readers and sunglasses were distributed.
Project coordinator and board member