Sixteen cartons of school library books (pre-school – primary) and 3 x 50kg bags of clothes were formally handed to the two Presbyterian missionaries (Lawahkego WAKA and Kavehe SERU) at Seaside Futuna on Sunday 20/11/16 evening in the presence of Pastor Fiama RAKAU, Presbyterian church leaders, chiefs and a congregation of more than 200.
The donated items were presented to the community by former Police Deputy Commissioner (Daniel Vake Rakau).
A report was presented by the two Futuna Missionaries on voluntary service under the “Santo Bush Mission” program currently taking place in the area of Santo Big Bay. The two missionaries advised Futuna community members on the daily difficulties faced by the Santo Bush people.
For example: children fight over a pencil which a teacher has to break and divide for three students. Every night the people use green banana/laplap leaves to sleep on with no clothes/blankets to cover them. In some occasions pregnant mothers face delivery complications which they have to be transported by foot through rugged and narrow tracks to the main roads to get a vehicle to the nearest aid-post/clinic. Some mothers succeed but some failed.
The donated items were divided between Port Patrick community on Aneityum and Santo Big Bay communities. The Port Patrick community received their share at a separate ceremony with Daniel Vake Rakau doing the formal handing over of the items.