Out of the ground! | Week 3

Bula!

As the final week of the first half is almost over, it’s time to say goodbye to our first three-week volunteers. We are so grateful for all the help and massive effort you have all put in so far!

After a big push to complete foundation and ground works last week, a well-deserved break was in store, so Monday and Tuesday saw the group heading to Daku Resort! The team were able to let loose and spent their days at the beach snorkeling, kayaking and paddle boarding, as well as catching up on some needed rest. This was the first time that both groups have had the chance to spend time together and it was encouraging to see everybody bonding over a few drinks and dinner at the resort.

With time pressing on, both teams rushed back to site on Wednesday ready and eager to work hard. With just over three weeks left to complete both projects, there has been a general buzz on site, with everyone eager to get the concrete poured, ready for the erection of the frames.

This week was an important week for Naweni because the foundations received the concrete, which has been generously donated by Fulton Hogan. The team worked non-stop to ensure that the entire foundation was filled in one day, which bought us a bit of time on our already tight schedule. Thursday evening was spent in the village at a fundraiser in which each family performed a traditional dance (called a Meke) and sang songs and ate lots of food!  

The Vivili volunteers were lucky enough to witness a Fijian wedding on Thursday, which brought work to a halt whilst we enjoyed the traditional celebrations. The wedding sees the bride and groom dressed in a ‘Tapa’- a traditional Fijian gown made from the bark of a tree and hand painted with beautifully intricate patterns. After their vows the family and all the guests are seated for a huge feast of all sorts of delicious dishes, with cries of kana vaka levu! (meaning eat BIG!) being shouted around the group. We spent the remainder of the week finishing portal frame construction and aim to have all frames complete by the start of next week!

Unfortunately we had to say goodbye to our first 3 week volunteers but we would like to thank; Rosie, Nicole, Juan, Maria, Aikaterini, Chi, Adi, Aamir, Jene, Renee and Gen. Your hard work has been appreciated and we hope that you have enjoyed your time with us. We look forward to seeing you again!

We are excited to welcome the next group of three-week volunteers, who arrived on Saturday.

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Vinaka,

The CAUKIN Team

Shez and Padraic cutting threaded rod for the portal frame assembly 

Shez and Padraic cutting threaded rod for the portal frame assembly 

Great day for a wedding

Great day for a wedding

 

 

 

Project leaders Harry and Harry making some final adjustments to the portal frames at Naweni

Project leaders Harry and Harry making some final adjustments to the portal frames at Naweni

The Naweni portal frames stacked and ready to be erected

The Naweni portal frames stacked and ready to be erected

The groom at his wedding receiving a blessing from his father

The groom at his wedding receiving a blessing from his father

Joshua Peasley