Andrew Scott, one of our young parishioners, recently returned from Fiji where he worked alongside other volunteers to help improve the lives of a village community. Prior to his departure for Fiji, Andrew organised a number of very successful fundraising events in the Parish to raise funds to assist with his volunteering venture.
Most of the time was spent preparing the buildings for painting and then actually painting the school. An incinerator was also constructed for the villagers to burn their rubbish and some time was spent teaching the year 7 children about nutrition and learning the games they loved to play. Andrew commented: “All in all, it was an amazing experience and I want to thank all who supported me in any way to help me get out there”.
In addition to providing the photographs for the Parish Website, Andrew also gave some further background on his volunteering experience, as follows:
“While staying in the village in Fiji there were some traditions that we had to learn and live by. For example, you will see in some photos that I am not wearing shoes inside. It is their custom that you don’t wear shoes or footwear inside as a symbol of politeness for the person who has invited you into their home. Also, most nights we would meet with the villagers and drink Kava, which is a traditional Fijian drink made from the roots of the Kava plant, in a ceremonial fashion. In addition, one of the photos shows the church in which we attended our service. There was a Christian service which lasted for around an hour, which began when the log pictured outside the church was drummed to let everyone know the service had begun. Finally, as you can see from the photos, the children were ecstatic to see us. This was because we were the first outsiders to stay in their village in 30 years, and for the children still in school, this was their first experience of culture outside their own.”