The coconut plant is of economic and cultural
importance in the Pacific region. Classified as a “functional food”, it
provides health benefits beyond its nutritional source of meat, juice, milk and
oil that has fed and nourished populations around the world for generations.
Among this, the coconut fiber and shell is currently being used to make
adorning jewellery and ornaments.
This year, in an effort to utilize the abundant
bamboo and coconut in the country, the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in
Fiji in joint collaboration with the Department of Corrections, Ministry of
Women, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation as well as the Ministry of Local
Government, Housing and Environment have acquired the services of an Indonesian
Master Trainer to facilitate a Training of Trainers (TOT) Workshop on Bamboo
and Coconut shell hand crafting.
May 1st 2012, marked the end of the
Coconut Shell Crafting Workshops held by the Ministry of Local Government,
Housing and Environment at the Ministry of Forestry’s Timber International Training
Center in Nasinu. The workshop catered to 24 participants from squatter
settlements in Nadera, Wailoku, Jittu Estate, surrounding rural communities and
was also facilitated by the Indonesian Master Trainer, Mr. Fransiscus
Indonesian Ambassador H.E Aidil Chandra Salim said that these series of workshops have benefited
the participants in many ways. Not only has it developed the participants’
skills and knowledge base, but it has also created a platform for sustainable
income ventures designed for sustainable development. H.E Chandra Salim also
hopes that these participants will transfer their skills and knowledge on coconut
shell crafting to other members of their respective communities.
At the completion of the workshop, participants
showcased products that they created during the workshop such as bangles, money
boxes, yaqona bowls, spoons, flower vases, ash trays, hair holders, cups, tea
pots, sugar bowls, wall hangings, earrings, necklaces, waist belts and bags.
Furthermore, in an effort to encourage sustainable practices, the Indonesian Embassy
through the Ministry of Local Government provided machines and equipment
brought from Indonesia, which are specifically designed and easy to use
technology, for the participants to craft items out of coconut shells. This
gesture by the Ministry has allowed the participants to transfer the skills and
knowledge gained during the workshop.
The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia hopes that
through these series of workshops, there will be opportunities to promote more
capacity development in Fiji as well as further strengthening the cooperation
between Indonesia – Fiji.