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Monday, September 3, 2012

School Holidays

The school holidays started for the children at Ratu Meli last week, with many of them heading back to the mainland to compete in the rugby and netball tournaments.  This was a great opportunity for the volunteers to get stuck in continuing to redecorate the classrooms.  The Elmer the Elephant themed room for Class 5 was complete, so we started work on Class 6.  The room was dull, colourless and certainly not an inspiring setting for the children to learn in. We agreed upon a Peter Pan theme, as this is a book that the children will be starting to read and one that provides much room for imagination. After hours of hard work over the last two weeks Class 6 is now ready and we can't wait for the children to return to this week and see their new classroom!
Class 6

On the days we didn’t spend painting we were running a ‘Holiday Club’ for the children to keep them busy and entertained whilst off school.  The first village we visited was Vuaki, a beautiful little village on the island of Matacawalevu. We set up four stations within the community hall and the volunteers helped the children create various arts and crafts projects.  The children had an amazing time - they made masks, headdresses with cotton wool to look like bunny ears, colourful bracelets and they had their faces painted too!  The children even tried their hands at this and ended up painting Jack’s face.
Holiday club

On another day we visited the stunning village of Malakati.  Every beach I see here in the Yasawas takes my breath away, but here the beach was on another level!  The village is situated with the most breath-taking hills behind it and looks out onto the most perfect, unspoilt beach I have ever seen. Once again, we were allowed to use the village’s community hall to run the Holiday Club.  As the masks and face painting were so successful in Vuaki, we decided to do these again.  Manu brought along his guitar and played nursery rhymes for the children, which was great fun. In the end the children persuaded Manu to play them some Justin Bieber which they all loved!

This month it is the ‘Debris month of action’ so we decided to incorporate two beach cleans into the kids clubs at Naisisili and Nacula.  The children came to the community halls, had their faces painted green, and off we went down to the beach where we all picked up all the litter laying around upon the beach.  Our new staff member, Esava, who specializes in agriculture and sustainability, then spoke to the children regarding the importance of appropriate waste disposal and recycling; something that does not usually receive a great amount of attention. A special blog about our beach clean will follow...