$1.50 builds a church

d3 2 (Medium)Driving along the pot-holed track as the rain fell and seeing the village huts on the hillside through the mist was the first scene for the Golden Oldies. Tonight we were visiting a squatter village that has built community, knowing that one day they may be forced to leave their land and start again somewhere else.

Village people donated $1.50 per week over many years to build their village church

Village people donated $1.50 per week over many years to build their village church

Walking along the tracks, visiting a church they built with everyone investing $1.50 per week towards the materials to establish their village church, meeting children coming out of their ‘homes’, we finally made it to the meeting house.

Its OK Heather, the kava is delicious!

Its OK Heather, the kava is delicious!

The evening then included a traditional kava ceremony, speeches, singing and as always much dancing. We were also able to  discuss projects that could improve education and employment for their people. Improvements to their meeting house, and a wooden row boat for the woman to use when they go fishing, instead of wading out into the ocean daily and casting their rods onto the surf -as they do now. Some very exciting partnership prospects.

Dancing and 'business' around the kava bowl -all happening at the same time

Dancing and ‘business’ around the kava bowl -all happening at the same time

Who was entertaining who?!!

Who was entertaining who?!!

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