The ladies of this village carry their fishing gear down the tracks to the river where they use their hand lines to cast out for fish. They leave at 7am and return back to the village at 7pm, 6-days/week, Monday-Saturday. Every week. They supply fish for their village, and any leftover is sold on the main road.
The team were warmly welcomed by the village people, on their only day off, for a celebration luncheon in honour of the Golden Oldies visit and partnership with their village.
This week we hope to launch a new fishing boat for the ladies to use, funded through donations from Golden Oldies. Today was supposed to be the day for the launch. But ‘Fiji time’ was evident with torrential rain here in Suva last week delaying final construction; and there was a little Rugby 7’s match that brought the nation to a standstill too!
No worries, we hope to have the official launching this Wednesday – well that’s the current plan.
Many Golden Oldies talked with Village people and further ideas for building a deepening relationship were developed.
Tomorrow the team head off early for a long day trip to the top of the main island, then inland on mud roads to visit a village virtually destroyed by Cyclone Winston. We have purchased essential food supplies to take to help them as they await the harvest of their newly planted crops. A meeting is also arranged between the Village elders, Church leaders and Golden Oldies about an innovative new housing programme and small business that could bring new life to this village, and other villages beyond.
The team are travelling well, and it’s an early night tonight, before an even earlier start tomorrow.