Solo's Kindi Update

See the December 13th post, Solo's Kindergarten for background if you missed it. Thanks to everyone who offered to chip in to make this dream become a reality.

This update comes from Stephen Noble of Taveuni Island Rotary Club:

"Today was a big day for the children of Soqulu as we opened our new Kindergarten with the blessings of Father Crispin. Hard work has paid off as the school is up and running now with 22 students with a few more to join up by the end of the week. Father said a few words and cut the ribbon to officially open the school. Father also expressed the importance of pre-school and the value it has when advancing on to the next grade. I would like to thank everyone for their support. Remember we can always use more donations to better our school. I know the children of Soqulu and other areas can count on you."

They have even started a web page - Solo's Kindergarten

Here are the pictures from opening day featuring teacher, Ane Sivo, Father Crispin, Stephen Noble, and of course, most importantly, the students.

Vinaka Vaka Levu for your support!


Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Good story and good wishes to the new kindergarten. The Rotary Club there seems to be active. Difficulty sending things to Taveuni because of the cost of transport within Fiji and the wharf guys in Suva and Lautoka are getting stricter about customs duty etc. They even wanted to put duty on an old sleeping bag that was there just for packing something safely!

Pandabonium said...

Wendy - thanks. Yes, they have been doing a lot great things for Taveuni.

If you drive a car I'll tax the street
If you try to sit I'll tax your seat
If you get too cold I'll tax the heat
If you take a walk I'll tax your feet
~ Taxman, The Beatles

ladybug said...

Wonderful news, thanks so much for sharing! Love the pictures of the kids in their new schoolhouse too...

The USPS did away with land/sea rate..now only the super expensive "air" is available. Has really impacted all the charities that used to ship stuff to Africa, India etc.

I'll see if they still have the "book rate" for...well, books.

The Moody Minstrel said...

The USPS did away with land/sea rate..now only the super expensive "air" is available.

That's ironic considering the War on Intelli...er...Terror® made air travel so problematic. You'd think Bush, inc. would have made efforts to promote land/sea transportation instead!


Word verification poem (since I haven't done it in a while):
How happy are the children's faces now,
Enjoying their new kindergarten there,
History made with what customs allow,
Another random tax pulled from thin air.
No stopping greedy bureaucrats.
They can, and so they do, the rats!

bonnie said...

It looks wonderful!

I always enjoy your photo posts - I hope you won't mind if I tag with with a photo archive game?

ps - speaking of shipping things, did you get your sailboat yet?

Don Snabulus said...

It appears that the comment monster ate my original comment, so here is a new one...

It is a great thing that they are doing. I hope the kids are able to make the most of their education!

Pandabonium said...

Ladybug - yeah, lots of happy faces that day.

You can still send by 1st class small box for about 10 bucks, but it won't hold much. When I moved to Japan, I discovered that I could send fairly large boxes (of things like clothing and books) for a relatively low price using "M-Bag" service. You might ask your Post Office about it.

Moody - thanks for the poem. So your verification word was hehant? As in "He han't" never seen that before?

Bonnie - OK, that's a simple enough tag, so I'll do it.

The boat leaves California on Friday and gets here before the end of February.

Don - bad Monster! Bad! I'll have to sic Momo on it.

Those kids will need all the education they can get. This is a good start.

Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

We got a message to help host a Rotary guy from Taveuni, coming to our town, but turned out to be a kind of hippie from Oz who wants to rescue maidens in the west of Viti Levu - in Tavua! Tight with his cash too. Not happy when he pontificated about the evils of kava and was an expert on eveything!

Pandabonium said...

Wendy - Ho ho ho. Don't know anyone that fits that description (happily). Would love to learn his identity.

HappySurfer said...

Wow! Great job on this. Thanks for sharing it, PandaB.

Pandabonium said...

Happy - nice to share some good news these days.