It was a very proud moment both for our volunteer team, and the community of Waitoga on Nairai Island, as their brand new toilet block and TNK office facilities were officially opened! After 8 weeks of effort on site, side by side with the village members, the communities vision of improved sanitation and good governance were realised as the ribbons were cut, a moment made possible through the funding of our volunteer teams, and an occasion that brought great joy and celebration.
The ceremony began with a word of prayer led by the ‘talatala’, or Church minister, followed by a few words from the Think Pacific leaders, before the buildings were handed over the the village ‘Turaga ni Koro’ for the cutting of the ribbons by the elders.
With the ribbon cut and the doors open the community and team took a moment to enjoy the fruits of their labour, before a huge spread of tea and cakes were delivered by the Waitoga ladies for all to enjoy. As the community finished their tea, the team prepared for their mekes by changing into their traditional attire, and as the mekes began the volunteers did not disappoint! The crowd wooped and cheered, with a lady even joining Adrien ‘on stage’ as he performed, much to the delight of all those watching.
With the mekes completed the team sat down to an incredible feast as a farewell dinner, before enjoying one last grog and ‘hop hop’ party with their family and friends in Waitoga. The community have been truly incredible for our volunteer team, and as they left the shores of Nairai the very many fond memories of an immense 9 weeks were at the forefront for all. Vinaka vaka levu Waitoga…’sota tale’!