After 8 weeks of hard work and dedication, Wednesday proved an extremely proud moment for our volunteer team and the Uluibau community as the new Uluibau Primary School Kindergarten was offiicially opened! The day started off with a traditional ‘SevuSevu’ ceremony put on for all the guests who had come for the occasion to be accepted and welcomed to the village.
Whilst we were doing this the ladies of the village decorated up our new building, and so when we stepped out of the room where the ceremony was held, the Kindi was truly something to behold. With palm leaves over the door, and balloons and banners on the inside, it was a clear display of how appreciative the village was to our team for the hard work they had put in.
The rope was cut by the Ratu, or Chief, of the Village, and the building was announced as open. Following this the team, the people of the village, and all the school children went inside as the building was blessed by the Preacher. The school then sang hymns and the Headmaster made a very moving speech about what this Think Pacific team had brought to the village; not only in terms of the building itself, but the attitude and team-spirit they had demonstrated.
We were then taken out onto the field outside the school for a tea party, before the school performed a traditional Meke dance for us. It was a very special day, and it was an incredible moment to see the building in all its glory!