So what have we learnt and what are some of the learnings we want to pursue from all of this:
1. The 55-year dream to build new toilets in a remote village has been completed.
2. The vision to establish a kindergarten at a church in a small town will commence from 2014 with the funding and building of a boundary fence for the children’s safety about to be completed.
3. A theological church library has been established with the donation of 50 books.
4. Children’s storybooks collected are going to be distributed to outer Fijian Island communities by Fijian youth in October.
5. Sports equipment and stationery were donated to Bishop Kempthorne Anglican Primary School.
6. Knitted clothing and blankets are being dispatched to families in Suva by the Anglican Cathedral family.
7. First aid equipment donated is being used to replenish first aid kits at the Bible College.
8. Medical equipment of blood pressure monitors and stethoscopes are being donated to a local Medical Centre.
9. Encouragement for an environmental project by Fijian youth at St Luke’s to cleanup a local beach covered in rubbish and take on a custodial care for it, with support from the Council has commenced.
10. A new Educational Scholarship Programme was launched. This is to assist students in remote villages, in partnership with their families and Basden College, to enable these students to be enrolled and secure a secondary school education.
So far commitments for 12 students for 2014 have been pledged by the Golden Oldies and residents at Archer Care and Archer Village.
And along with this, there is a desire to support the e-learning with the student laptops from the University of the South Pacific to be introduced into the Fijian schools; to partner with Basden College to establish its vocational training centre to enhance future employment linked-training; and foster further missions that can transfer skills and strengthen partnerships between the Golden Oldies and our friends in Polynesia.
Finally we want to acknowledge the support from Rev. Amy Chambers and Jo Senagar for their partnership in Fiji; Steve Maina, National Director NZCMS; Archer Care and Village residents; Anglican Missions Board; and of course all the wonderful Golden Oldies themselves.
Its been a great and inspiring mission.
Vinaka from the Golden Oldies Team 2013!