Sunday, July 31, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
So I figure its about time I write about the project that I'm involved in. Last week, Alex and I headed out to the village of Koroipita to have a weekly class with the young women in that village. We absolutely love the class - these girls are so awesome. They range from ages 11-29 and we discuss topics that they face at this time of life.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
HELP International representing on the highest point of Fiji - Mt. Victoria.
The view was incredible even though it was a super overcast, rainy day. We reached the top of the mountain and ate lunch and then quickly left because it started raining on us.
We started down the mountain in the rain slipping, tripping and falling down the path we took up the mountain. All we could do was laugh about the situation because we were soaked head to toe in rain and mud and our bodies were exhausted.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Hittin up the nightclubs of Suva!
Adam and I at Matesuva
Matesuva - Private island.. no biggie.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
I'm in Suva with Adam and I've been here since Saturday. Weve seen some really cool places like Coloisuva's amazing jungle and waterfalls, Matesuva's private island beach and none other than Suva's hoppin night clubs! Its been such a nice trip to get out of Ba and make some friends here on the "wet" side of the island. I'll post some pictures when I get back to Ba. :)
We've been staying with such an incredible family - the Ratuvukivuki's and they live in Wailoku (aka. the Jungle...no joke). There are 11 people in one house (2 of which are grandchildren and 4 are relative children) and then you add Adam and I into the mix and you've got a full house. This wasn't any different really than my house in Ba with 20 people except for the change of scenery and faces.
I fell in love with this family. They are so loving and charitable to open up their small home to Adam and I (2 kids and the father slept on the floor in the sitting room just so adam and I had a place to sleep), they fed us delicious meals (they made a delicious Fijian BBQ as a goodbye dinner for me) and just made us feel like part of the family.
I was most amazed by their devotion to the Gospel. They have family devotion (scripture study/discussion) at 7am every morning as well as at night. They show such faith and love for the Gospel that it is something I want to have in my own family someday. This family has made me feel so at home and I'm so sad to leave them. I'm hoping I can make one more trip to Suva before I leave so I can see them again.
I head back to Ba later today and get back to work with HELP International. I can't believe I only have 4 weeks left in Fiji - this is crazy!
Hope all is well in the great U.S. of A and that you're all hapy and safe!
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
I wish our eyes could take snapshots of events. Pulling out a camera is sometimes too obvious and the moment is passed by the time you pull it out.
Today was one of those moments I wish I could have captured.
Four of us girls were coming home from Lautoka on a stopping bus and what started off as a boring ride, cramped with people, turned into a hilarious ride.
The bus slowly emptied out people on its way to Ba and then the bus started picking up primary school kids.
Kids in Fiji make you feel like a celebrity.
The kids got on the bus, saw us "pelanqes" (White people) and just stared us down on their way to their seats. They continued to stare at us until they hit their stop. I'm not exaggerating when I say, everyone was staring at us. Some girls in front of us, turned in their seats and just looked at us straight faced. It got kind of uncomfortable not doing anything so we smiled at them, waved and laughed to ourselves.
We passed other school kids on the side of the road and they all waved at us, then got shy and laughed when we waved back. There is a scene in the movie "Evita" where she is arriving in Argentina on a train and she stretches both arms out of the window overcome by excitement waving at people she passes. So many times i've wanted to do that here in Fiji. Just hang out the side of the bus and wave with both hands to those we pass on the road. I'd look like the biggest idiot tourist but thats how much I love this country and its people.
I've accepted the fact that when I return to the U.S. I wont get this much attention from people I pass by simply from the color of my skin. Be grateful you're American, cause I sure am!
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Weekends here in Fiji are THE BEST. Its like a mini vacation every week and it helps us all with our sanity knowing were getting out of sleepy little Ba Town. J
Friday, July 1, 2011
When I first signed up for this Humanitarian Project in February, I was expecting that I would come here to this poor country, do a lot of good through health programs that bring new educational insight to the people here.