Vanuatu Visit July 2016_2

Tuesday – we have gone well today with some showers – but not enough to stop us. The walls are all up and the electrical wiring is through now. Tomorrow it will be time to get the roof on, and start working on the plumbing. We have also started work on the shutters for the Project House – and are making good progress.

Unfortunately I haven’t been able to get good enough internet connection to be able to send any photos, but will try again tomorrow.



Vanuatu Visit July 2016_1

Our time here in Vanuatu has been outstanding so far. Six of our team of seven arrived on Saturday afternoon and initially visited the Project House to inspect the foundations of the new ablution block that have been built by local men here. This was a great time to catch up with Ennikilen, and for the team to really get their heads around what they need to be doing this week.

Sunday was a wonderful team day – we travelled around the island of Efate with Neville looking at all the different projects that the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand has been involved in over the last couple of years. It was especially good to see what has been done at Onesua College – which will be officially reopened in 10 days time.

Monday has been spent on the building. It has gone well with two walls up and clad, and a third wall started. I spent almost all day trying to source materials that had been bought and paid for, but not delivered! Thankfully, just after we ran out of timber this afternoon, the truck arrived with some of the missing order.

And finally, the 7th member of the team, Rev Reuben Hardie arrived this afternoon. It was also a pleasure to have one of the young local men working with us through the day.

Rebuild Day 7: Tuesday 11 August 2015

Final day. Beautiful weather and a lot of work to be done. It is good to be able to report that we finished the dining room, lined interior and exterior, door fitted, windows made and rewired for the lights. The roof is also done – all flashings on and completely finished.

It was a very full on day which concluded with a lovely farewell and celebratory meal with several from the PWMU and several from the head office of the PCV in attendance.

The team are pretty shattered now, but a sense of satisfaction and a sense of gratitude to be able to participate in this special project.

Our thanks again to all of you for your ongoing support.

Blessings from the Team.

The new roof on the project house.

The new roof is now complete.

The new windows and door to the dining room.

The windows are in and the dining room has a door again.

The interior of the dining room.

The dining room is completed inside as well!

The team dressed in the new outfits given to them.

The team looking great in the new outfits presented to them.

Rebuild Day 6: Monday 10 August 2015

Another glorious day in Vanuatu – but this made it very very hot on the roof! In spite of the heat, we have made good progress today with the main roof largely finished, and the dining room walls all framed up and exterior cladding on. Tomorrow is our last day as we leave Vanuatu at 7:00am on Wednesday. This is quite daunting as there is still a huge amount to do, but we can only do what we can do. It was a real blessing today when another kiwi, Graeme McKenzie from Matamata, came to help us and will be there tomorrow too.

The team are all incredible – they work at 100% all day – and are all shattered by sundown. No cross words in spite of some real challenges and a real sense of camaraderie has developed between us all. There is much to be thankful for.

Blessings from us all, Simon, David, Caleb, Jon, Marty and Paul.

Caleb and Marty work on the ceiling in the new dining room.

Caleb and Marty work on the ceiling in the new dining room.

The framing for the new dining room going up.

The framing for the new dining room going up.

The exterior walls of the new dining room have now been added.

The exterior walls of the new dining room have now been added.

The new dining room is ready for the windows and door to be fitted.

The new dining room is ready for the windows and door to be fitted.

Rebuild Day 5: Sunday 9 August 2015

Sunday. A chance to sleep in a little before heading off to church on Ifira Island. What a blessing this turned out to be, as the service was celebrating the 70th anniversary of the birth of the PWMU – and it was begun by Ms Skinner who was a missionary from NZ. The whole service was taken by the PWMU and it was incredibly special to be there, a bunch of New Zealanders, who are there in partnership with the PWMU.

After church we were honoured guests while the cake was cut and the food was served.

Ifira is a beautiful island and it was very sobering to see the damage done by the cyclone. On the way back to Port Vila, we also saw quite a number of boats wrecked by the cyclone as well.

All feeling refreshed tonight and ready for the last few days.

Blessings from the Team, Jon, Caleb, Simon, Marty, David and Paul.

The team traveled by boat from Port Vila to Ifira

Taking the boat from Port Vila to Ifira Island.

The children's talk during the anniversary service.

The children’s talk in the service.

This little one was perfect for the whole 2 hour service!

This little one was perfect for the whole 2 hour service!

A dog in the service.

Even the dog came to the service!

Cyclone Pam uprooted trees on Ifira.

Uprooted trees: damage caused by Cyclone Pam.

Some banana boats tied up off shore on Ifira.

Banana boats tied up off shore.

Rebuild Day 4: Saturday 8 August 2015

Today we woke to clear skies and a good forecast – so it was the day for the main roof.

As soon the old roof was off, we could see the difference from the building code in NZ! So the first few hours was spent strengthening the structure and then on with the iron.

It was very hot on the roof – and we went through more than 20 bottles of water between us – and one of the team ended up doing a good impression of a cooked lobster – the result of not enough sunscreen!

We have been delighted with how the hardware store has come to the party – not only do we have all our materials – they have been delivering our orders for new materials within a couple of hours of ordering them! I have done so many trips there over the last few days that they now greet me by name!

We still have a lot to do – but are very pleased with what has been achieved so far.

Thank you to you all for your support and your prayers – it makes a real difference.

Blessings from the whole team!

Beefing up the roof by adding more rafters.

Strengthening the roof by adding more roof beams

The new roof is being added.

Making progress on the new roof.

The expanse of new roof iron looks really great!

The new roof looks great!

Rebuild Day 3: Friday 7 August 2015

What a day! The rain held off for most of the day today – so much more comfortable for the team working. Today was mainly about rebuilding the dining room that we demolished on day 2 – and we managed to get the rafters up and new roof on – and it would be one of the strongest builds I have ever seen.

The guys get on really well, which makes it thoroughly enjoyable – and that is important as we are all working incredibly hard.

The other amazing blessing is that Neville has lent me his quad bike which I have used for multiple trips to the hardware suppliers for extra suppliers. The main supplier has really come to the party, and is delivering materials that I can’t carry on the bike within about 3 hours of ordering!

The roof is on the dining room – so tomorrow will be about finishing the walls and hopefully getting it lined – and if the weather allows – maybe start on the main roof. Thanks to so many for your prayers and support – we really appreciate it.

The team built this scaffolding.

The team built this scaffolding to help with the high work.

Beefing up the rafters for the new roof.

The team beef up the rafters ready for the new roof over the dining room.

The rafters going up for the new roof.

The new rafters going up over the dining room.

The roof over the new dining room.

The new roof for the new dining room is now in place.

Working on the second dining room wall.

The second wall for the dining room takes shape.