It has been a truly unforgetable 8 weeks for our Youth and Sports volunteer team in Kade village on Koro island, and it proved a fitting end to the project to come together one last time in the community hall for a classic Fijian feast, speeches, traditional mekes, and of course many many bowls of grog and ‘hop hop’ fun!
As the festivities began the Headmaster of Kade Vilage School said a few words of thanks to the team for their help and assistance in implementing and inspiring development within the schools, after which a word of prayer was said before the feast began. After dinner the Kade school children performed their mekes for the team, which was a treat to see, before the volunteers stepped up for their own traditional meke performances. The team quickly got into the spirit of the occassion and put on a great show for the village, who were all cheering and shrieking with laughter whilst throwing sweets!
It was then a quick change into their formal dresses, sulus and bula shirts for our team as they returned to the hall for the presentation of our traditional ‘tatau’ ceremony, as we bid farewell to Kade. This was also a poignant moment for the group, as they said thank you to their family and friends of the village, often through teary eyes. The last 2 months had been filled with moments, and it was clear for all just how much the team would miss their new home on Koro Island.
There was no better way to end our time in Kade village than with a grog and hop hop party, and so after the reflections of the team and villagers, everyone sat together to drink a few bowls, listen to the guitars, and dance the final night away together! We would like to say a heartfelt ‘vinaka vaka levu’ to the community of Kade, to the Kade and Nabasovi School staff, the students, and all those on Koro who created such memories for our volunteer team…’sota tale’!