On Saturday morning the brand new Wawa village Health Clinic was officially opened, which was an extremely proud moment for the elders and villagers of this small island community, for the Ministry of Health, and for our volunteer team!
Following weeks of great effort and commitment on the build project, and with the finishing touches completed, everyone gathered around the building for the official ceremony. There were speeches from the Ratu of Wawa, from the Divisional Medical Officer of the Ministry of Health, and from our very own Expedition Leader Benji, before the island priest blessed the clinic with a word of prayer. The ribbon was then cut and the doors swung open, as the Wawa village health worker had a new home!
The villagers and team then made their way to the community hall, where a huge feast had been prepared for all to enjoy to mark the occassion. It was then time to celebrate in true ‘Fiji style’, as everyone came together to drink a few bowls of kava and to enjoy the music and ‘hop hop’ into the night!
Think Pacific would like to say a big thank you to the wonderful and kind hearted people of Wawa village, who made their community such an incredible home for our team, and to all those on Moturiki Island who made the experience so special over the past 4 weeks. And of course to our volunteer team, who leave behind a lasting legacy for their efforts and commitment to development on the island…’vinaka vaka levu’!