comfortable beds and life on board… until one of the guests realized that the kids (pretty much the whole village) had been sleeping exposed to the elements. The Nai’a guests could not leave until they had built a shelter. They took apart one of the downed walls of the school, built a foundation, used nets and scraps to somehow built a roof. The 42 kids on Makogai last night had a sheltered place to sleep :) As much as all my heart breaks over the destruction and sadness of TC Winston, my heart sings when I hear stories like these which renew my faith in humanity.
Our next mission assigned to us by Fiji National Disaster Management Office is Batiki Island. This is another very badly affected island in the Lomaviti Group, this group of 4 villages have had basic medical support but have had very limited food and basic building supplies because of challenging accessibility. We have provisions and a boat ready to go tomorrow. We are also gathering supplies to load onto a vessel over the weekend heading to the Lau Group early next week.