|Departing Kia Island it
was a day sail inside the reef to the shallow bight at Navidamu.
We had to anchor nearly a mile off shore with only 2 fathoms
under the keel.
|The Altrusa Society in
Nelson had asked us to transport 20 cases of books to the school
at Navidamu. We delivered the books to a very thankful school
principal. The books more than doubled the size of their library.
The children joyously sang us songs as their gift back to us.
And their overwhelming gratitude made the difficulties in organizing
this journey insignificant at that moment. Most of us went onto
to take a tour of the village, which resulted as usual in a sevusevu
in the community hall. In addition, the village spokesman requested
our tropical agricultural specialist, Esava, to do a lecture
to a very keen community.